Brianne Kothari

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Sciences

Office: 541-322-3186

Tykeson Hall

Tykeson Hall 335

1500 SW Chandler Avenue

1500 SW Chandler Avenue
Bend, Oregon 97702
Ph.D., Social Work and Social Research, Portland State University
M.A., Human Development, Washington State University

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Research/Career Interests: 

Research Interests

Child Welfare and Child Well-Being
Sibling and Family Relationships
Ecological Contexts of Youth
Mental and Behavioral Health
Prevention and Intervention Programs

Selected Publications

Kothari, B. H., McBeath, B., Sorenson, P., Bank, L., Waid, J., Webb, S. J., & Steele, J. (2017). An intervention to improve sibling relationship quality among youth in foster care: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial. Child Abuse and Neglect, 63, 19-29.

Blakeslee, J., Kothari, B. H., McBeath, B., Sorenson, P., & Bank, L. (2017).  Network indicators of the social ecology of adolescents in relative and non-relative foster households. Children and Youth Services Review, 73, 173-181.

Kothari, B. H., McBeath, B., Sorenson, P., Waid, J., Webb, S. J., & Bank, L. (2016). Validation of a measure of foster home integration for foster youth. Journal of Research on Social Work Practice, 1-11.

Waid, J., Kothari, B.H., Bank, L., & McBeath, B. (2016). Foster care placement change: The role of family dynamics and household composition. Children and Youth Services Review, 68, 44-55.

Briggs, H., Kothari, B. H., Briggs, A., Bank, L., & De Gruy, J. (2015). Racial respect: Initial testing and validation of the Racial Respect Scale for African Americans. Journal for the Society of Social Work and Research, 6(2), 269-303.

Briggs, H., Bank, L., Fixsen, A., Briggs, A. C., Kothari, B. H., & Burkett, C. (2014). Perceptions of the African American experience (PAAX): A new measure of adaptive identities among African American men and women. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 4(3), 203-233.

Kothari, B. H., McBeath, B., Lamson-Siu, E., Webb, S., Sorenson, P., Bowen, H., Bank, L., & Waid, J. (2014). Development and feasibility of a sibling intervention for preadolescent and adolescent youth in foster care. Evaluation and Program Planning, 47, 91-99.

Kothari, B. H., Bank, L., Sorenson, P., & Snyder, J. (2014). Alcohol and substance use patterns and trajectories: The role of siblings in the context of family and peer processes. Journal of Family Social Work, 17(4), 324-343.

McBeath, B., Kothari, B. H., Blakeslee, J., Lamson-Siu, E., Bank, L., Linares,L. O., Waid, J., Sorenson, P., Jimenez, J., Pearson, E., & Shlonsky, A. (2014). Intervening to improve outcomes for siblings in foster care: Conceptual, substantive and methodological dimensions of a prevention framework. Children and Youth Services Review, 39, 1-10.

Schweitzer, D., Chianello, T., & Kothari, B.H. (2013). Compensation in Social Work: Critical for satisfaction and a sustainable profession. Administration in Social Work, 37 (2), 147-157.

Green, B. L., Malsch, A. M., Kothari, B. H., Busse, J. & Brennan, E. (2012). An intervention to increase early childhood staff capacity for promoting children's social-emotional development in preschool settings. Early Childhood Education Journal, 40, 1-10.

Malsch, A. M., Green, B. L., & Kothari, B.H. (2011). Understanding parents’ perspectives on the transition to kindergarten: What early childhood educators and schools can do for at-risk families. Special Issue on Family Voices. Perspectives for Best Practices in Mental Health, 7(1), 47-66.
Hood, B.K., Power, T.G., & Hill, L.G. (2009). Children’s appraisal of moderately stressful situations. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 33(2), 167-177.

Hill, L.G., Maucione, K.J., & Hood, B. K. (2007). A focused approach to assessing fidelity. Prevention Science, 8, 25-34.


Brianne comes to OSU-Cascades from Portland, Ore. where she held positions as a senior research associate at the Regional Research Institute for Human Services and as an adjunct instructor in the Graduate School of Social Work at Portland State University. She holds a Ph.D. in social work and social research from Portland State University and a M.A. in human development from Washington State University. Her research and scholarship focus on understanding the experiences and trajectories of at-risk populations as well as on designing, implementing and evaluating developmentally appropriate, family systems focused interventions.

Brianne is currently working on one of the first RCTs focused on siblings in foster care. Her scholarship has been published in top interdisciplinary journals, and she is a 2014 NIMH Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Fellow. Brianne's career goals involve better understanding resilience-promoting factors and developing interventions that improve well-being for children, youth and families. She teaches courses in child and adolescent development, family studies, research methods, statistics and proposal writing.