Implementing Effective Treatments:

Parent training for childhood conduct problems

Implementing Effective Treatments: Parent training for childhood conduct problems
About this project

Internationally, conduct problems are one of the most common reasons children and families seek help from mental health services. Evidence-based treatments for childhood conduct problems are available, and they are some of the more effective psychological treatments in existence. However, for complex reasons, relatively few clinicians routinely deliver these treatments. This research-to-practice gap is unfortunately common internationally – across both physical health and mental health settings – and has led to the establishment of the field of implementation science. This project will explore how to better implement an existing evidence-based treatment for childhood conduct problems (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy / PCIT), making this treatment, and others like it, more available to families in New Zealand.

Who is involved?

Principal investigator: Melanie Woodfield

Co-investigators:  Tania Cargo, Sarah Hetrick and Sally Merry 

How long will it take?

The project commenced in February 2020 and is expected to be completed by February 2024.

Further information

The Health Research Council of New Zealand’s Foxley Fellowship (18/086) for Dr Melanie Woodfield supported an earlier series of projects, which inspired the current research.


Publications related to this project:

  • Woodfield, M. J., Cargo, T., Barnett, D., & Lambie, I. (2020). Understanding New Zealand therapist experiences of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) training and implementation, and how these compare internationally. Children and Youth Services Review119, 105681.
  • Woodfield, M. J., & Cartwright, C. (2020). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy from the Parents’ Perspective. Journal of Child and Family Studies29(3), 632-647.
  • Woodfield, M. J., & Lambie, I. (2019). Can parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) remain effective where parents have a mental health issue? An audit of a case series in a community setting. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health4(4), 307-318.