Founders

Multidimensional Treatment Foster Care

The Founders

The founders of TFC Consultants, Inc., include the TFCO program founder, Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D., John Reid, Ph.D., Philip A. Fisher, Ph.D., and Gerard Bouwman.

Patricia Chamberlain, Ph.D.
Patricia ChamberlainDr. Patricia Chamberlain developed and founded the TFCO model in 1983. She has conducted eight randomized clinical trials on TFCO with youth and families referred from the juvenile justice, mental health, and child welfare systems. Dr. Chamberlain has authored three books and over 60 journal articles and book chapters on evidence-based treatment approaches, treatment process, outcome research, methodology, foster care, and related topics. She is a senior research scientist at  the Oregon Social Learning Center. Dr. Chamberlain is a Fellow in the Academy of Experimental Criminology, a consultant to the Andrus Family Foundation, and a grant reviewer for the National Institute of Mental Health. In 2007 she received the Science to Practice Award from the Society for Prevention Research. She collaborates with researchers and the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center in San Diego, and with other researchers throughout the US and Sweden who are interested in examining methods for strengthening services in the child welfare, mental health and juvenile justice systems. She currently is the Principal Investigator on three grants, one funded by the National Institute of Mental Health and two by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

Philip A. Fisher, Ph.D.
Philip FisherDr. Fisher came to Eugene, Oregon, in 1989 to attend graduate school in psychology and to work in the TFCO programs. In 1996, he developed the TFCO-P program based on the recognition that the problems seen in older children with severe behavior disorders often have roots in early childhood. Dr. Fisher has been the Principal Investigator on a number of federally funded grants to evaluate the efficacy of TFCO programs. In addition, he is a member of an NIMH-funded network of researchers examining the effects of early stress on the developing brain, and the extent to which improved environmental conditions can improve neurobiological and behavioral functioning. He has conducted research on prevention in American Indian communities.  Dr. Fisher is on a number of national advisory groups, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse workgroup of Native American Researchers and Scholars. He serves on a National Institutes of Health review committee to evaluate research proposals focusing on community-level health promotion. He is currently a Professor at the University of Oregon and a senior research scientist at the Oregon Social Learning Center.

Gerard J. Bouwman
Gerard BouwmanGerry Bouwman has worked with Drs. Chamberlain and Reid since 1980. Mr. Bouwman has a long history of collaborating with and supporting scientists and service providers in the mental health field. Since receiving his degree in International Business, Business Administration, and Sociology in 1972, Mr. Bouwman’s career has been focused on facilitating the work of organizations dedicated to research and intervention with youth and families. He served as the Chief Administrator for Oregon Social Learning Center for 17 years.