Tim Ozechowski, Ph.D.

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Education & Training

B.S., 1988
Indiana University, Bloomington
Psychology

M.S., 1994
Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN
Psychology, Marriage & Family Therapy

Ph.D., 1998
Purdue University, West Lafayette, IN
Marriage & Family Therapy, Quantitative Research

Fellowship, 2000
University of Miami, Center for Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse, Miami, FL
Treatment Research

Tim Ozechowski received his Ph.D. in 1998 from the doctoral training program in the Marriage and Family Therapy program within the department of Child Development and Family Studies at Purdue University. In addition to his clinical training, Dr. Ozechowski fulfilled the requirements for a secondary specialization in quantitative research methods and statistics at Purdue. Subsequently, in 2000 Dr. Ozechowski completed an NIH-funded postdoctoral research fellowship at the Center for Treatment Research on Adolescent Drug Abuse in the University of Miami School of Medicine. Dr. Ozechowski joined ORI as an Associate Scientist in 2002.

Since joining ORI’s Center for Family and Adolescent Research (CFAR), Dr. Ozechowski’s specialty has been adolescent substance abuse treatment outcome and process research and data analysis. The general focus of his work is on modeling change over time in primary and secondary treatment outcomes, as well as modeling meditational pathways between sets of outcomes that help explain how treatments produce their effects. The methodologies utilized by Dr. Ozechowski in such analyses are structural equation modeling and multilevel modeling of individual trajectories of change. He is particularly interested in using these methods to identify core clinical processes and mechanisms predicting short- and long-term clinical outcomes. Furthermore, Dr. Ozechowski is interested in methods of parameter estimation that help enhance the robustness of such modeling techniques in the presence of small sample sizes and other violations of underlying assumptions.

A core focus of Dr. Ozechowski’s research is on the observational study of treatment processes that trigger functional and behavioral changes in adolescents and families. Dr. Ozechowski is engaged in the development and validation of an instrument for coding therapist behavior in family therapy as well as individual therapy for adolescent drug abuse. He is particularly interested in utilizing the instrument for operationalizing elusive constructs such as therapist adherence and competence, as well as for capturing the in-session therapist behaviors that spur the process of change. Finally, Dr. Ozechowski is interested in novel ways of analyzing data obtained from observational coding instruments, including the application of item response modeling for studying sequences of behavioral interaction.

Current Projects

Fidelity, Assessment and Clinical Effectiveness Tracking (FACET) System: Making EBT's Feasible and Sustainable

PROJECT PERIOD

05/01/17 - 04/30/19

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Active and Not Recruiting

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Tim Ozechowski

Co-Investigators
Hyman Hops

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Building Outcomes with Observation Based Supervision: An FFT Effectiveness Trial

PROJECT PERIOD

09/30/10 - 06/30/16

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Michael Robbins, Holly Waldron

Co-Investigators
Janet Brody, Hyman Hops, Tim Ozechowski, Charles Turner

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Family Therapy via Video Teleconference for Substance-Abusing Rural Adolescents

PROJECT PERIOD

02/01/12 - 11/30/16

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Tim Ozechowski, Holly Waldron

Co-Investigators
Janet Brody, Hyman Hops

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Development, Ecology, and Prevention of Adult Addictive Behavior

PROJECT PERIOD

06/01/15 - 05/31/16

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Thomas Dishion

Co-Investigators
Tim Ozechowski

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Early Intervention for Minors in Possession of Alcohol/Drugs: A Feasibility Study

PROJECT PERIOD

07/05/11 - 06/30/14

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Hyman Hops

Co-Investigators
Tim Ozechowski, Holly Waldron

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Online Parent Training for Children with Behavior Disorders

PROJECT PERIOD

07/15/12 - 06/30/15

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Holly Waldron

Co-Investigators
Hyman Hops, Tim Ozechowski

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Process and Outcome Analysis of Group Treatment for Adolescent Substance Abuse

PROJECT PERIOD

01/01/13 - 12/31/15

FUNDING AGENCY

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

CURRENT STATUS

Completed

TEAM

Principal Investigator
Tim Ozechowski

Co-Investigators
Holly Waldron

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Publications

Ozechowski, T. J., Becker, S. J., & Hogue, A. (2015). SBIRT-A: Adapting SBIRT to Maximize Developmental Fit for Adolescents in Primary Care. Journal Of Substance Abuse Treatment, doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2015.10.006

García, J., Manongdo, J., & Ozechowski, T. (2014). Depression symptoms among Mexican American youth: Paternal parenting in the context of maternal parenting, economic stress, and youth gender. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 20(1), 27-36. doi:10.1037/a0033350

Abstract or Full Text

Ozechowski, T. J. (in press). Empirical Bayes MCMC Estimation for Modeling Treatment Processes, Mechanisms of Change, and Clinical Outcomes in Small Samples. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 2014, Feb.

Abstract or Full Text

Ozechowski, T. J., Turner, C. W., & Hops, H. (in press). Mixed-effects logistic regression for estimating transitional probabilities in sequentially coded observational data. Psychological Methods.

Hops, H., Ozechowski T. J. Waldron, H.  B., Davis, B., Turner, C. W., Brody, J. L., & Barrera, M. (2011). Adolescent Health-Risk Sexual Behaviors: Effects of a Drug Abuse Intervention Aids and Behavior, 15(8), 1664-1676.

Flicker, S., Turner, C. W., Waldron, H. B., Brody, J. L., & Ozechowski, T. J. (2008). Ethnic background, therapeutic alliance, and treatment retention in functional family therapy with adolescents who abuse substances. Journal of Family Psychology, Vol 22(1), pp. 167-170.

Waldron, H. B., Kern-Jones, S., Turner, C. W., Peterson T.R., & Ozechowski, T. (2007). Engaging resistant adolescents in drug abuse treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 33(2), 133-142.

Ozechowski, T. J., Turner, C. W., Hops, H. (2007). Mixed-effects logistic regression for estimating transitional probabilities in sequentially coded observational data. Psychological Methods. 12, 317-335.

Waldron, H.B., Turner, C. W., & Ozechowski, T.J. (2006). Profiles of change in behavioral and family interventions for adolescent substance abuse and dependence. In H. A. Liddle & C. L. Rowe (Eds.), Adolescent substance abuse: Research and Clinical advances, pp. 357-374. New York : Cambridge University Press.

Waldron, H. B., Turner, C. W., & Ozechowski, T. J. (2005). Profiles of drug use behavior change for adolescents in treatment. Addictive Behaviors, 30, 1775-1796.

Ozechowski, T. J., & Waldron, H. B. (2003). Substance abuse. In T. H. Ollendick & C. Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Pediatric and Child Psychology (pp. 648-649). Norwell , MA : Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishers.

Ozechowski, T. J ., Turner, C. W., & Waldron, H. B. (2003). The treatment of adolescent conduct disorder and drug abuse. In T. L. Sexton, G. Weeks, & M. Robbins (Eds.), Handbook of family therapy (3 rd edition). New York : Brunner-Routledge.

Ozechowski, T. J., Turner, C.W, Waldron, H. B. (2003). The treatment of adolescent conduct disorder and drug abuse, pp 381-396. In T.L., Sexton, G. Weeks, & M.S. Robbins, Handbook of Family Therapy (Third Edition). New York : Brunner-Routledge.

Waldron, H. B., Turner, C. W., Ozechowski, T. J., & Hops, H. (2003). Treatment-elusive" vs traditional outpatient adolescent substance abusers: Baseline and treatment outcome differences. In Y. Kaminer & M. L. Dennis (Eds.), Effectiveness of adolescent substance abuse treatment (pp. 118-125). National Institute on Drug Abuse Research Monograph No. 184. Rockville , MD : National Institutes of Health. [Peer-reviewed brief report.].

Ozechowski, T. J. & Liddle, H. A. (2002). Family-based therapy. In C. A. Essau (Ed.), Substance abuse and dependence in adolescence. London : Harwood Academic Publishers.

Thomas, V., & Ozechowski, T. J. (2000). A test of the Circumplex Model of Marital and Family Systems using the Clinical Rating Scale. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy,26, 523-534.

Ozechowski, T. J., & Liddle, H. A. (2000). Family-based therapy for adolescent drug abuse: Knowns and unknowns. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 3, 269-298.

Experience

2002- Present
Associate Scientist,
Oregon Research Institute

February 1997-April 1998
Family therapy internship,
Methodist Hospital and Indiana University School of Medicine, Indianapolis, IN

May-August 1996
James E. Simmons Summer Research Internship,
Department of Child Psychiatry, Indiana University School of Medicine

September 1994-May 1996
Clinical practicum,
Purdue University Family Therapy Clinic, West Lafayette, IN

January 1991-May 1993
Clinical practicum,
Purdue University Calumet, Hammond, IN