Julie C. Rusby, Ph.D.

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Education & Training

Ph.D., 1998
University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
School Psychology

B.A., 1978
University of California at Santa Cruz
Sociology/Community Studies
honors

Dr. Rusby has considerable expertise in social development and behavioral problems, early childhood education and intervention, early adolescent peer relationships, and observation and Ecological Momentary Assessment methodologies. Dr. Rusby received her Ph.D. in School Psychology at the University of Oregon in 1998 with a focus on social development and prevention of behavioral problems. Currently she is an investigator on research studies evaluating comprehensive child care and family interventions to promote positive social development and prevent the development of problem behavior in young children. Dr. Rusby developed the Carescapes program, a video-based training for providers of home-based child care aimed at promoting social competence in preschool-age children. She currently is Principal Investigator on a longitudinal efficacy trial of the Carescapes program. Other current and recent intervention studies include an evaluation of a video-based Triple P (Positive Parenting Program) for parents of preschool children, a randomized controlled trial on school-wide Positive Behavioral Intervention and Support in middle schools, and the development of an internet program for child care providers of infants in facilitating healthy social-emotional development. She also is investigator on studies measuring peer influence on early adolescent social adjustment; including a study that developed a real-time Ecological Momentary Assessment of peer affiliations, perceptions, behavior, and after school activities; a study on peer social networks; and an investigation of the extent to which peer victimization is associated with later problems in youth. Dr. Rusby has authored several assessment systems for observing children’s social interactions in home, child care, and school environments.

Current Projects

Online vs Staff Delivery: Child & Family Outcomes, Cost Analysis and Satisfaction

PROJECT PERIOD

09/05/13 - 08/31/18

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Carol Metzler, Ron Prinz

Co-Investigators
Julie Rusby

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Evaluating an Online Parenting Support System Disseminated by Pediatric Practices

PROJECT PERIOD

04/01/13 - 03/31/18

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Carol Metzler

Co-Investigators
Julie Rusby

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Peer Influence and Selection Mechanisms Underlying Adolescent Problem Behaviors

PROJECT PERIOD

09/30/13 - 06/30/18

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
John Light, Julie Rusby

Co-Investigators
Erika Westling

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Social-Spatial Risk and Protective Mechanisms in Urban Adolescent Substance Use

PROJECT PERIOD

04/01/12 - 03/31/17

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
John Light

Co-Investigators
Julie Rusby, Erika Westling

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Efficacy Trial of Carescapes: Promoting Social Development in Home-based Child Care

PROJECT PERIOD

03/01/09 - 02/28/14

FUNDING AGENCY

United States Department of Education

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Julie Rusby

Co-Investigators
Laura Backen Jones, Keith Smolkowski

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Reducing Teacher Stress & Building a More Effective School Culture

PROJECT PERIOD

06/10/09 - 05/31/15

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Anthony Biglan

Co-Investigators
Laura Backen Jones, Julie Rusby, John Seeley

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Ecological Momentary Assessment of Peer Affiliation, Perceptions, and Behavior

PROJECT PERIOD

06/01/09 - 05/31/11

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Julie Rusby

Co-Investigators
Anthony Biglan, John Light

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Adolescent Peer Social Network Dynamics and Problem Behavior

PROJECT PERIOD

04/01/08 - 04/30/14

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
John Light

Co-Investigators
Anthony Biglan, Julie Rusby

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Expanding the Reach of Evidence-Based Interventions for Improving Social-Emotional Outcomes for Infants in Child Care

PROJECT PERIOD

03/01/10 - 02/28/14

FUNDING AGENCY

United States Department of Education

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Edward Feil

Co-Investigators
Betsy Davis, Julie Rusby

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Publications

Rusby, J. C., Jones, L. B., Crowley, R., & Smolkowski, K. (2016). An efficacy trial of Carescapes: Home-based child care practices and children’s social outcomes. Child Development. Advance online publication. doi:10.1111/cdev.12541

Rusby, J. C., Jones, L. B., Crowley, R., & Smolkowski, K. (2016). An Efficacy Trial of Carescapes: Home-Based Child-Care Practices and Children's Social Outcomes. Child Development, n/a-n/a. doi: 10.1111/cdev.12541

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Mason, M., Mennis, J., Light, J., Rusby, J., Westling, E., Crewe, S., . . . Zaharakis, N. (2016). Erratum to: Parents, Peers, and Places: Young Urban Adolescents' Microsystems and Substance Use Involvement. Journal of Child & Family Studies, 25, 1712-1712. doi: 10.1007/s10826-016-0392-y

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Rusby, J. C., Metzler, C. W., Sanders, M. R., & Crowley, R. (2015). Emulating real-life situations with a play task to observe parenting skills and child behaviors. Journal of Family Psychology, 29, 201-210.

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Biglan, A., Gau, J. M., Jones, L. B., Hinds, E., Rusby, J. C., Cody, C., & Sprague, J. (2015). The role of experiential avoidance in the relationship between family conflict and depression among early adolescents. Journal Of Contextual Behavioral Science, 4, 30-36. doi:10.1016/j.jcbs.2014.12.001

Mason, M., Mennis, J., Way, T., Light, J., Rusby, J., Westling, E., & ... McHenry, C. (2015). Young adolescents' perceived activity space risk, peer networks, and substance use. Health & Place, 34, 143-149. doi:10.1016/j.healthplace.2015.04.005

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Light, J. M., Rusby, J. C., Nies, K. M., & Snijders, T. B. (2014). Antisocial behavior trajectories and social victimization within and between school years in early adolescence. Journal Of Research on Adolescence, 24(2), 322-336.

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Rusby, J. C., Westling, E., Crowley, R., & Light, J. M. (2013). Psychosocial correlates of physical and sedentary activities of early adolescent youth. Health Education & Behavior, 41(1), 42-51. doi:10.1177/1090198113485753

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Rusby, J. C., Westling, E., Crowley, R., & Light, J. M. (2013). Concurrent and predictive associations between early adolescent perceptions of peer affiliates and mood states collected in real time via ecological momentary assessment methodology. Psychological Assessment, 25(1), 47–60. doi:10.1037/a0030393

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Metzler, C. W., Sanders, M. R., & Rusby, J. C. (2013). Multiple levels and modalities of measurement in a population-based approach to improving parenting. In A. Booth & S. M. McHale (Series Eds.), & S. McHale, P. Amato, & A. Booth (Vol. Eds.), National Symposium on Family Issues: Emerging methods in family research (pp. 197-214). New York, NY: Springer.

Light, J., Greenan, C., Rusby, J., Nies, K., & Snijders, T. (2013). Onset to first alcohol use in early adolescence: A network diffusion model. Journal Of Research On Adolescence, 23(3), 487-499. doi:10.1111/jora.12064

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Rusby, J. C., Jones, L. B., Crowley, R., Smolkowski, K., & Arthun, C. (2013). Predictors of home-based child care providers’ participation in professional development workshops and coaching. Child & Youth Care Forum, 42, 439-455. doi:10.1007/s10566-013-9209-y

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Rusby, J. C, Jones, L. B., Crowley, R., & Smolkowski, K. (2013). The Child Care Ecology Inventory: A domain-specific measure of home-based child care quality to promote social competence for school readiness. [Special issue on family child care]. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 28, 947-959. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2013.02.003

Biglan, A., Layton, G., Jones, L.B., Hankins, F. M., & Rusby, J. C. (2013). The value of workshops on psychological flexibility for early childhood special education staff. Topics in Early Childhood Special Education, 32(4), 196–210. doi:10.1177/0271121411425191

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Rusby, J. C., Jones, L. B., Crowley, R., & Smolkowski, K. (2012). Associations of caregiver stress with working conditions, caregiving practices, and child behaviour in home-based child care. Early Child Development and Care, 183(11), 1589-1604. doi:10.1080/03004430.2012.742992

Metzler, C.W., Sanders, M.R., Rusby, J.C., & Crowley, R. (2012). Using consumer preference information to increase the reach and impact of media-based parenting interventions in a public health approach to parenting support. Behavior Therapy, 43, 257-270. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2011.05.004

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Rusby, J.C., Crowley, R., Sprague, J., & Biglan, A. (2011). Observations of the middle school environment: The context for student behavior beyond the classroom. Psychology in the Schools, 48, 400-415. doi:10.1002/pits.20562

Rusby, J. C., Smolkowski, K., Marquez, B., & Taylor, T. K. (2008). A small-scale randomized efficacy trial of Carescapes: Enhancing children’s social development in child care homes. Early Childhood Research Quarterly, 23(4), 527-546. doi:10.1016/j.ecresq.2008.08.003

Rusby, J.C., Foster, E.M., & Taylor, T.K. (2008). Associations of classroom structure and behavior management practices with at-risk student behavior in first grade. In D. H. Molina (Ed.), School psychology: 21st century issues and challenges. Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Rusby, J.C., Taylor, T.K., & Foster, E.M. (2007). A descriptive study of school referrals in first grade. Psychology in the Schools, 44(4), 333-350. doi:10.1002/pits.20226

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Taylor, T.K., Burns, G.L., Rusby, J.C., & Foster, E.M. (2007). Oppositional defiant disorder toward adults and oppositional defiant disorder toward peers: Initial evidence for two separate constructs. Psychological Assessment, 18, 239-243.

Rusby, J. C., Taylor , T. K., & Johnson-Shelton, D. (2006). The Playground Atmosphere Rating (PAR): Examining the extent to which adult supervision and physical features of the playground are associated with first-grade student behavior. Proceedings of Persistently Save Schools 2006: Collaborating with Students, Families, and Communities. Washington, DC: Hamilton Fish Institute.

Rusby, J.C., Forrester, K.K., Biglan, A., & Metzler, C.W. (2005). Relationships between peer harassment and adolescent problem behaviors. Journal of Early Adolescence, 25(4), 453-477.

Rusby, J.C., Taylor, T.K., & Marquez, B. (2004). Promoting positive social development in family childcare settings. Early Education and Development, Special Issue on Prevention interventions with young children, 15(4), 449-470.

Rusby, J.C. (2003). Setting up to support social development: A guide for family child care providers. Carescapes videotape training program. Eugene, OR: Iris Media, Inc.

Rusby, J.C. (2002). Training needs and challenges of family child care providers. Child and Youth Care Forum, 31(5), 287-299.

Metzler, C.W., Biglan, A., Rusby, J.C, & Sprague, J. (2001). Evaluation of a comprehensive behavior management program to improve school-wide positive behavior support. Education and Treatment of Children, 24(4), 448-79.

Rusby, J.C., Estes, A.E., & Dishion, T. (2000). The interpersonal process code. Abstracted in J. Touliatos, B.F. Perlmutter, & G.W. Holden (Eds.), Handbook of family measurement techniques, Vol. 2. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Biglan, T.,  Metzler, C. W.,  Fowler, R. C.,  Gunn, B., Taylor, T. K.,  Rusby, J., & Irvine, B.  (1997).  Improving childrearing in America’s communities.  In P. A. Lamal  (Ed.),  Cultural contingencies: Behavioral Analytic Perspectives on Cultural Practices  (pp. 185-213).  Westport, CT:  Praeger.

Rusby, J. (1995). Assessing social competence to identify preschool children in need of intervention services: Issues in definition and methodology. In T. Tobin & A. Deffenbaugh (Eds.), Topics in behavior disorders, Vol. 6: Issues, controversies, and trends (pp. 2-8). Eugene, OR: University of Oregon, Behavior Disorders.

Experience

2013-present
Senior Research Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR.

2007-2012
Research Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR.

2001-2006
Associate Scientist
Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR.

 

1998-2001
Research Associate
Center for Community Interventions on Childrearing, Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR.

1998-1999
Research Associate
Early Childhood Research Institute, University of Oregon (sub-contract with University of Minnesota)

1997-1998
Project Manager
CASY Project, Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR.

1996-1997
School Intervention Specialist
Community Action for Successful Youth (CASY) Project, Oregon Research Institute, Eugene, OR.

1995-1996
Research-Based School Psychology Intern
Management and Prevention Project, School Psychology Dept., University of Oregon, Eugene, OR.

1995-1996
School Psychology Intern
Bethel School District, Eugene, OR.

1992-1995
Data Analyst: Prevention Intervention Research Center
Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene, Or.

1990-1992
School Data Coordinator. Linking Interests for Families and Teachers Project
Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene, OR

1989-1990
Observation Supervisor: Longitudinal and NIDA studies
Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene, OR

1987-1988
Research Asst., Observer and Data Manager
Treatment and Longitudinal Studies, Oregon Social Learning Center, Eugene, OR

1977-1981, 1986
Preschool Teacher/Child Care Provider
throughout California, Colorado, & Alaska.