Jason Small, MPP, Associate Scientist

Education & Training

B.A., 1992
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
English Literature

M.P.P., 2018
Portland State University, Portland, OR
Public Policy

Jason Small's current work focuses on the development of interventions for children experiencing social-emotional difficulties and their families; the evaluation of training and assessment systems; and the use of Motivational Interviewing in school-based settings. His research interests also extend to behavioral screening and progress monitoring; multi-tiered systems of support; the cross-cultural adaptation of measures; and policy and practice issues pertaining to early childhood development and early intervention.

Current Projects

Motivational Interviewing Skills for Coaching

PROJECT PERIOD

07/01/19 - 06/20/23

FUNDING AGENCY

United States Department of Education

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Jason Small

Co-Investigators
John Seeley, Hill Walker

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Efficacy of Enhanced First Step to Success Intervention for Tertiary-Level Students with Disruptive Behavior

PROJECT PERIOD

07/01/15 - 12/31/20

FUNDING AGENCY

United States Department of Education

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
John Seeley

Co-Investigators
Edward Feil, Jason Small, Hill Walker

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Publications

Feil, E. G., Walker, H. M., Frey, A. J., Seeley, J. R., Small, J. W., Golly, A., … & Forness, S. R. (in press). Efficacy validation of the revised First Step program: A randomized controlled trial. Exceptional Children.

Frey, A. J., Lee, J., Small, J. W., Sibley, M. H., Owens, J., Skidmore, B…, Moyers, T. (2020). Mechanisms of Motivational Interviewing: A conceptual framework to guide practice and research. Prevention Science.

Small, J. W., Hix-Small, H., Vargas-Baron, E., & Marks, K. (2019). Comparative use of the Ages and Stages Questionnaires in low- and middle-income countries. Developmental Medicine & Child Neurology, 61, 431-443.

Frey, A. J., Kuklinski, M. R., Bills, K., Small, J. W., Forness, S. R., Walker, H. M…, Seeley, J. R. (2019). Comprehensive cost analysis of First Step Next for preschoolers with disruptive behavior disorder: Using real-world intervention data to estimate costs at scale. Prevention Science, 20(8), 1219-1232.

Frey, A. J., Small, J. W., Lee, J., Crosby, S., & Seeley, J. (2019). homeBase: Participation, engagement, alliance, and social validity of a motivational parenting intervention. Children & Schools, 1-8.

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Walker, H., Feil, E. G., Frey, A., Small, J., Seeley, J., Golly, A., … Stiller, B. (2018). First Step Next: An updated version of the First Step to Success early intervention program. Perspectives on Early Childhood Psychology and Education, 3, 89-110.

Seeley, J. R., Small, J. W., Feil, E. G., Frey, A. J., Walker, H. M., Golly, A., & Forness, S. R. (2017). Effects of the first step to success intervention on preschoolers with disruptive behavior and comorbid anxiety problems. School Mental Health; 9(3) 1-11.

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Frey, A. J., Lee, J., Small, J. W., Walker, H. M., Seeley, J. R., & Ratcliffe, P. (2017). Motivational interviewing training and assessment systems (MITAS) for school-based applications. Report on Emotional and Behavior Disorders in Youth, 17, 86-92.

Feil, E. G., Small, J. W., Seeley, J. R., Walker, H. M., Golly, A., Frey, A., & Forness, S. R. (2016). Early Intervention for Preschoolers at Risk for Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Preschool First Step to Success. Behavioral Disorders, 41, 95-106.

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Frey, A. J., Small, J. W., Feil, E. G., Seeley, J. R., Walker, H. M., & Forness, S. (2015). First step to success: Applications to preschoolers at risk of developing autism spectrum disorders. Education and Training in Autism and Developmental Disabilities, 50, 397-407.

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Woodbridge, M. W., Sumi, C. W., Wagner, M. M., Javitz, H. S., Seeley, J. R., Walker, H. M., …Severson, H. H. (2014). Does First Step to Success have long-term impacts on student behavior? An analysis of efficacy trial data. School Psychology Review, 43, 299-317.

Frey, A. J., Small, J. W., Lee, J., Walker, H. M., Seeley, J. R., Feil, E. G., & Golly, A. (2014). Expanding the range of the First Step to Success intervention: Tertiary-level support for children, teachers, and families. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 30, 1-11.

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Lee, J. S., Frey, A. J., Walker, H. M., Golly, A., Seeley, J., Small, J., Feil, E. (2014). Motivational interviewing in support of teacher behavior change. In E. McNamara (Ed.), Motivational Interviewing with children and young people II: Issues and further applications (pp. 83-102). United Kingdom: Positive Behaviour Management.

Walker, H. M., Small, J. W., Severson, H. H., Seeley, J. R., & Feil, E. G. (2014). Multiple gating approaches in universal screening within school and community settings: Practice and methodological considerations. In R.J. Kettler, T.A. Glover, C.A. Albers, & K.A. Feeney-Kettler (Eds.), Universal screening in educational settings: Evidence-based decision making for schools. Washington D.C.: American Psychological Association.

Small, J. W., Lee, J., Frey, A. J., Seeley, J. R., Walker, H. M. (2014). The development of instruments to measure motivational interviewing skill acquisition for school-based personnel. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 7, 240-254.

Small, J. W., Lee, J., Frey, A. J., Seeley, J. R., Walker, H. M. (2014). The development of instruments to measure motivational interviewing skill acquisition for school-based personnel. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 7, 240-254.

Feil, E. G., Frey, A., Walker, H. M., Small, J. W., Seeley, J. R., Golly, A., & Forness, S. R. (2014). The Efficacy of a Home-School Intervention for Preschoolers with Challenging Behaviors: A Randomized Controlled Trial of Preschool First Step to Success. Journal of Early Intervention, 36, 151-170.

Walker, H. M., Severson, H. H., Seeley, J. R., Feil, E. G., Small, J., Golly, A. M., … Forness, S. R. (2014). The evidence base of the First Step to Success early intervention for preventing emerging antisocial behavior patterns. In H.M. Walker & F.M. Gresham (Eds.), Handbook of evidence-based practices for emotional and behavioral disorders - Applications in schools. New York: Guilford Publishing, Inc.

Sumi, C. W., Woodbridge, M. W., Javitz, H., Thornton, S. P., Wagner, M., Rouspil, K., Yu, J., Seeley, J. R., Walker, H. M., Golly, A., Small, J. W., Feil, E. G., and Severson, H. (2013). Assessing the effectiveness of First Step to Success: Are short-term results the first step to long-term behavioral improvements? Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 21, 66-78.

Frey, A. G., Lee, J., Small, J. W. , Seeley, J. R., Walker, H. M., & Feil, E. G. (2013). The Motivational Interviewing Navigation Guide: a process for enhancing teachers' motivation to adopt and implement school-based interventions. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 6; 1-16.

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Frey, A.J., Small, J.W. Feil, E., Seeley, J.R., Walker, H.W., & Golly, A. (2013). The feasibility of First Step to Success with preschoolers. Children & Schools, 35, 171-188.

Frey, A. J., Lee, J., Small, J. W., Seeley, J. R., Walker, H.M., & Feil, E. G. (2013). The Motivational Interviewing Navigation Guide: A process for enhancing teachers' motivation to adopt and implement school-based interventions. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 6, 1-16.

Frey, A. J., Lee, J., Small, J. W., Seeley, J. R., Walker, H. M., & Feil, E. G. (2013). Transporting motivational interviewing to school settings to improve the engagement and fidelity of tier 2 interventions. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 29, 183-202.

Frey, A. J., Cloud, R. N., Lee, J., Small, J. Seeley, J., Feil, E., Walker, H. M., & Golly, A. (2011). The promise of motivational interviewing in school mental health. School Mental Health, 3, 1–12.

Walker, H. M., Seeley, J. R., Small, J., Severson, H. H., Graham, B., Feil, E. G., Serna, L., Golly, A. M., & Forness, S. R. (2009). A randomized controlled trial of the First Step to Success early intervention: Demonstration of program efficacy outcomes in a diverse, urban school district. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 17, 197-212.

Seeley, J. R., Small, J. W., Walker, H. M., Feil, E. G., Severson, H. H., Golly, A. M., & Forness, S. R. (2009). Efficacy of the First Step to Success intervention for students with ADHD. School Mental Health, 1, 37-48.

Shankman, S. A., Lewinsohn, P. M., Klein, D. N., Small, J. W., Seeley, J. R., & Altman, S. E. (2009). Subthreshold conditions as precursors for full syndrome disorders: A 15-year longitudinal study of multiple diagnostic classes. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 50, 1485-1494.

Feil, E. G., Walker, H. M., Severson, H. H., Golly, A., Seeley, J. R., & Small, J. W. (2009). Using positive behavior support procedures in Head Start classrooms to improve school readiness: A group training and behavioral coaching model. NHSA Dialog, 12, 88-103.

Shankman, S. A., Klein, D. N., Lewinsohn, P. M., Seeley, J. R., & Small, J. W. (2008). Family study of subthreshold psychopathology in a community sample. Psychological Medicine, 38, 187-198.

Lewinsohn, P. M., Holm-Denoma, J. M., Small, J. W., Seeley, J. R., & Joiner Jr., T. E. (2008). Separation anxiety disorder in childhood as a risk factor for future mental illness. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 548-555.

Buckner, J. D., Schmidt, N. B., Lang, A. R., Small, J. W., Schlauch, R. C., & Lewinsohn, P. M. (2008). Specificity of social anxiety disorder as a risk factor for alcohol and cannabis dependence. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 42, 230-239.

Walker, H. M., Seeley, J., Small, J., Golly, A., Severson, H. H., & Feil, E. G. (2008). The First Step to Success program for preventing antisocial behavior in young children: Update on past, current, and planned research. Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 8, 17-23.

Rohde, P., Lewinsohn, P. M., Seeley, J. R., Klein, D. N., Andrews, J. A., & Small, J. W. (2007). Psychosocial functioning of adults who experienced substance use disorders as adolescents. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21, 155-164.

Feil, E. G., Small, J. W., Forness, S. R., Serna, L. A., Kaiser, A. P., Hancock, T. B., Bryant, D. M., Kuperschmidt, J. B., Brooks-Gunn, J., Boyce, C. A., & Lopez, M. L. (2005). Using different measures, information, and clinical cut-off points to estimate prevalence of emotional or behavioral disorders in preschoolers: Effects on age, gender, and ethnicity. Behavioral Disorders, 30, 375-391.

Experience

2008-present
Data Analyst III
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon

2016-present
Senior Fellow
The RISE Institute, Washington, D.C.

2014-2016
Measurement Consultant
Instructional Research Group, Los Alamitos, CA

2014-2016
Program Evaluator
University of Cincinnati College of Education, Cincinnati, OH

2010-2011
Measurement Consultant
Infant Mental Health Promotion
The Hospital for Sick Children, Toronto ON, Canada

2005-2008
Data Analyst II, Education Workgroup
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon

2004-2010
Senior Data Analyst
Abacus Research, LLC, Eugene, Oregon

2003-2005
Data Analyst II, Head Start Mental Health Research Consortium
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon

2004-2009
Data Analyst II, Depression Workgroup
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon

1998-2000
Research Assistant I
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, Oregon

1996-1997
Research Assistant
University of Oregon, Eugene, Oregon