Current projects:

DBT Moms Study

Dr. Maureen Zalewski is conducting a randomized clinical trial to learn more about how certain mental health symptoms in mother’s impact child development and the parent-child relationship.

Who is Eligible? Mothers of children (age 3) who struggle to manage their emotions.

What is involved? This study will consist of five visits. During the initial visit, mothers complete a long interview with a clinician to assess symptoms of Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) and determine eligibility for the study. After participants have been assessed and eligibility is determined, mothers who have elevated BPD symptoms will be randomly assigned to participate in Dialectical Behavior Therapy Skills Group, which is aimed at helping develop skills to manage emotions, or Family Services as Usual (their usual services). Mothers and children will then complete four assessments, to assess children and the parent-child relationship, over the course of one year. All participants will receive $320, across the year, as a thank you for participating in our study.

If this opportunity is of interest to you, please contact our project coordinator by email at or by phone at (541)-346-7054.


If you would like to give us permission to contact you to participate in this study, please complete this brief survey: Permission to contact form – Self referral

If you are a provider and have a client who may be interested in participating in this study, please complete this brief survey: Permission to contact form – Provider referral

Past projects:

Emotion Regulation in Families (Pilot Wave 2) Study

This project is interested in learning more about how mothers’ own mental health, difficult life experiences, trauma, and parenting styles influence the development of preschoolers’ ability to regulate their own emotions and stressful experiences. In order to understand how a mother’s own mental health experiences influence their children, we are recruiting families from a range of backgrounds. In our study, some mothers will have experienced very few mental health symptoms and difficult life experiences, while other mothers will have experienced very serious mental health issues and significant difficult life experiences. This was a longitudinal project, so the families came in for their follow-up assessment 2 years after their original participation.