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Alex R. Dopp

Alex R. Dopp

Assistant Professor

J. William Fulbright College of Arts & Sciences

(PSYC)-Psychological Science

Phone: 479-575-4256

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*Dr. Dopp is a recruiting a doctoral student for the 2018-19 admissions cycle*

My primary research interest is the dissemination and implementation (D&I) of psychological treatments for children and families, especially those who are traditionally underserved (e.g., racial and ethnic minorities, low-income communities, rural communities) and/or those involved in multiple service systems (e.g., juvenile justice, child welfare). Through D&I research, I seek to understand the conditions, strategies, and outcomes necessary to deploy evidence-based treatments (that have shown effectiveness in research settings) within the complex world of health care and social service systems. There are two major foci to my program of research. First, I investigate the economics of D&I for evidence-based psychosocial treatments – including questions about the economic impact of implementation efforts as well as financing strategies to support implementation and sustainment. Second, I pursue the development of innovative clinical tools that are contextually appropriate for D&I with underserved populations – examples include use of human-centered design, telepsychology, and culturally relevant services. To pursue these two research foci, I use a variety of mixed research methods including multilevel regression models, cost-benefit and cost-effectiveness analysis, qualitative interviews, concept mapping, and meta-analysis.


PSYC 3023: Abnormal Psychology


PSYC 6213: Psychotherapy Outcomes

PSYC 607V: Diversity Practicum

PSYC 609V: Seminar - Dissemination and Implementation Science 

B.A., University of Michigan, 2009

M.A., University of Missouri, 2012

Ph.D., University of Missouri, 2016

Clinical Internship, Medical University of South Carolina/ Charleston Consortium, 2015-2016

Selected Journal Articles

Dopp, A. R., Mundey, P., Beasley, L. O., Silovsky, J. F., & Eisenberg, D. (in press). Mixed-method approaches to strengthen economic evaluations in implementation research. Implementation Science.

Dopp, A. R., Parisi, K. E., Munson, S. A., & Lyon, A. R. (2018). A glossary of user-centered design strategies for implementation experts. Translational Behavioral Medicine. Advance online publication. doi:10.1093/tbm/iby119

Gonzalez, M. L. S., McCord, C. E., Dopp, A. R., Tarlow, K. R., Dickey, N. J., McMaughan, D. K., & Elliott, T. R. (in press). Telemental health training and delivery in primary care: A case report of interdisciplinary treatment. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Dopp, A. R., Schaeffer, C. M., Swenson, C. C., & Powell, J. S. (2018). Economic impact of multisystemic therapy for child abuse and neglect. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 45(6), 876-887. doi:10.1007/s10488-018-0870-1

Dopp, A. R., Coen, A. S., Smith, A. B., Reno, J. R., Bernstein, D. B., Kerns, S. E. U., & Altschul, D. B. (2018). Economic impact of the statewide implementation of an evidence-based treatment: Multisystemic therapy in New Mexico. Behavior Therapy, 49(4), 551-566. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2017.12.003

Dopp, A. R., Smith, A. B., Dueweke, A., &, Bridges, A. J. (2018) Cost-savings analysis of primary care behavioral health in a pediatric setting: Implications for provider agencies and training programs. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology, 6(2), 129-139. doi:10.1037/cpp0000231

Dopp, A. R., Feldner, M. T., Mapes, A., & Wolkowicz, N. (2017). Implementation of telepsychology services in a university training clinic: Process and lessons learned. The Behavior Therapist, 40(7), 261-267. Retrieved from http://www.abct.org/docs/PastIssue/40n7.pdf

Dopp, A. R., Borduin, C. M., White, M. H., & Kuppens, S. (2017). Family-based treatments for serious juvenile offenders: A multilevel meta-analysis. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(4), 335-354. doi:10.1037/ccp0000183

Dopp, A. R., Hanson, R. F., Saunders, B. E., Dismuke, C. E., & Moreland, A. D. (2017). Community-based implementation of trauma-focused interventions for youth: Economic impact of the learning collaborative model. Psychological Services, 14(1), 57-65. doi:10.1037/ser0000131

Dopp, A. R., Borduin, C. M., Rothman, D., & Letourneau, E. J. (2017). Evidence-based treatments for youths who engage in illegal sexual behaviors. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46(5), 631-645. doi:10.1080/15374416.2016.1261714

Borduin, C. M., & Dopp, A. R. (2015). Economic impact of multisystemic therapy with juvenile sexual offenders. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 687-696. doi:10.1037/fam0000113

Dopp, A. R., Borduin, C. M., Wagner, D. V., & Sawyer, A. M. (2014). Economic impact of multisystemic therapy through midlife: A cost-benefit analysis with serious juvenile offenders and their siblings. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 82, 694-705. doi:10.1037/a0036415


Selected Book Chapters

Dopp, A. R., Smith, A. B., Berman, I. S., & Hill, M. (2018). Family and community therapies. In M. Martel (Ed.), Developmental Pathways to Disruptive, Impulse-Control, and Conduct Disorders (pp. 263-295). San Diego, CA: Elsevier.

Borduin, C. M., Dopp, A. R., Questch, L. B., & Johnides, B. D. (2017). Multisystemic therapy for violent and aggressive youths. In P. Sturmey (Ed.), The Wiley Handbook of Violence and Aggression (Vol. 2: Assessment, Prevention and Treatment of Individuals). New York: Wiley. doi:10.1002/9781119057574.whbva070

Borduin, C. M., Dopp, A. R., Borduin, B. J., & Munschy, R. J. (2016). Multisystemic therapy for youths with problem sexual behaviours: Empirical, theoretical, and clinical foundations. In D. P. Boer, L. E. Marshall & W. L. Marshall (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook on the Theories, Assessment, & Treatment of Sexual Offending (1st ed., Vol. III: Treatment, pp. 1331-1346). New York: Wiley.

Borduin, C. M., Dopp, A. R., & Taylor, E. K. (2013). Evidence-based interventions for serious and violent juvenile offenders. In L. A. Craig, L. Dixon, & T. A. Gannon (Eds.), What works in offender rehabilitation: An evidence-based approach to assessment and treatment (pp. 192-210). New York: Wiley.


Selected Other Publications

Coen, A. S., & Dopp, A. R. (2016). New Mexico MST outcomes tracking project: Results for New Mexico’s MST providers, July 2005-June 2015. Denver, CO: Center for Effective Interventions.

Dopp, A. R. & Coen, A. S. (2014). Youth receiving multisystemic therapy save taxpayers in New Mexico more than $54 million, save crime victims $105 million. Mount Pleasant, SC: MST Services, Inc.

Co-Investigator, “Family Navigator E3 Project: Enhancing Early Engagement in Mental Health Services through Children's Advocacy Center's Family Advocates,” (NIMH R34 MH118486; PI, Jane F. Silovksy). The purpose of this grant is to develop a Family Navigator model for connecting youth to evidence-based treatments within Children's Advocacy Centers, and test the comparative effectiveness of different strategies to implement that model. The project will be carried out by researchers at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in partnership with National Children's Alliance, the organization that developed and oversees the CAC model. Dr. Dopp will contribute a cost analysis as part of the project.