Irwin Sandler

Research Professor, REACH
Faculty
TEMPE Campus
Mailcode
1104

Biography

 

Regents’ Professor Emeritus and Research Professor, REACH Institute and  Department of Psychology (Clinical), College of Liberal Arts and Sciences
 

 

Education

Ph.D., University of Rochester, 1971

Bio

Dr. Sandler is interested in the development, evaluation and dissemination of intervention programs to promote resilience of children and families experiencing major life stressors. His work has primarily focused on families experienceing parental divorce and bereavement from the death of a parent. In each area he has conducted research to better understand factors that lead children to adjust well, lead successful lives and avoid long-term problem outcomes. He and his colleagues have developed and demonstrated the long-term benefits up to 15 years later of programs for divorced families (New Beginnings Program) and bereaved families (Family Bereavement Program). He is now actively engaged in efforts to disseminate these programs so that they can be sustainably implemented in natural community settings.. 

Websites

PRC Faculty Page

Publications

See CV

Research Activity

Presentations

  • Sandler, Irwin. Lessons from the experimental promotion of resilience: Family Bereavement Program. International Society for Traumatic Stress (Oct 2006).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Wolchik, S, Braver, S, Gonzales, N, Ayers, T, Daniels, V, Ostrom, A, Bitner, M. Transition from Efficacy to Effectiveness: New Beginnings Program as a Court Based Prevention Program for Children of Divorce. Convention of the American Psychological Association (Aug 2006).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Ayers, T. Developing and evaluating programs for the promotion of resilience for children in stress: Parental divorce and bereavement. Workshop presented at the Center for Behavioral Health (Dec 2005).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Ayers, T, Wolchik, S, Tein, J. Effects of the Family Bereavement Program on bereaved girls. NIMH Sponsored conference on prevention of depression in girls (Apr 2005).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Wolchik, S, Tein, J, Millsap, R, Winslow, E, Bonds, D. Prevention of Mental Disorder by the Promotion of Family Relational Processes Following Family Disruption. Invited Conference on Relational Processes and Mental Disorder (Mar 2005).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Millsap, R, Tein, J, Dawson-McClure, S, Wolchik, S. Promotion of resilience for children of divorce. Bennet Lectureship in Prevention Science (Nov 2004).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Experiments on the promotion of resilience for children of divorce. Grand rounds presented at the Department of Psychiatry (Nov 2004).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Promotion of resilience in parentally-bereaved children. Colloquium presented at the Department of Psychiatry (Oct 2004).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Theory and research on prevention for children in stress. Colloquium presented to the Department of Psychology (Oct 2004).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Millsap, R, Zhou, Qing, Wolchik, S, Dawson-McClure, S, Prinz, R. Parenting as a mediator of the six-year longitudinal effects of the New Beginning Program for children from divorced homes. Family based prevention, 12th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (May 2004).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Liu, X, Tein, J. Development and evaluation of programs to promote resilience for children in stress. Workshop presented at the School of Public Health (Nov 2003).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Wolchik, S, Millsap, R, Plummer, B, Dawson-McClure, S. Prevention of problem outcomes in children of divorce: Six year follow-up of a randomized prevention trial. Second World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders (Sep 2002).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Wolchik, S, Haine, R, Millsap, R, Plummer, B, Dawson-McClure, S, Braver, S. Changing the legacy of divorce: Evidence from experimental programs; The legacy of divorce: Controversies, clarifications and consequences. 39th Annual Conference of the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (Jun 2002).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Design and evaluation of an empirically-based intervention for children of divorce. Conference of Children of Divorce and their Families, Tel Aviv University (May 2002).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Ethical issues in research with children. Convention of Israeli Counseling Society (May 2002).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Family Bereavement Program: Development and evaluation of a program for parentally-bereaved children. Symposium presented at the University of Haifa (May 2002).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Risk and resilience in children of divorce. Conference of Children of Divorce and their Families, Tel Aviv University (May 2002).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Workshop on the New Beginnings Program: An evidence-based program for custodial parents following divorce. Presented at Tel Aviv University (May 2002).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Wolchik, S, Millsap, R, Plummer, B, Dawson-McClure, S, Green, S. Six-year follow-up of a randomized trial of an intervention for children of divorce. 9th Annual Meeting of the Society for Prevention Research (May 2001).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Wolchik, S, Ayers, T. Preventive interventions following parental death and parental divorce. Inaugural World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders (Dec 2000).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Training in prevention research. Inaugural World Conference on the Promotion of Mental Health and Prevention of Mental and Behavioral Disorders (Dec 2000).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Dawson-McClure, S, Millsap, R, Wolchik, S, Prost, J. Prediction and prevention of substance use in children of divorce: A six-year longitudinal study. Addictions 2000: Prevention of substance use problems: Directions for the next millennium (Sep 2000).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Ayers, T, Wolchik, S. Evaluation of a theory-based preventive intervention for bereaved children. Society for Prevention Research (Jun 2000).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Practical theory and effective interventions for children in stress. Conference of the Western Psychological Association (Apr 2000).
  • Sandler, Irwin. Children of bereavement. Hampton University Research Forum 2000: Research development in the 21st century (Feb 2000).
  • Sandler, Irwin, Reider, E. Six-year follow-up effects of a preventive interventions for children of divorce. Society for Prevention Research
  • Sandler, Irwin, Wolchik, S, Braver, S. Planning for the implementation of an evidence-based prevent. Society for Prevention Research
  • Sandler, Irwin. Child Survivors of Parental Suicide. Conference on Suicide Prevention
  • Sandler, Irwin. Child Survivors of Parental Suicide. Survivors of Suicide Research Workshop
  • Sandler, Irwin. Contextual assessment of stressful life events in childhood and adolescence: Recent advances and fut. Society for Research in Child Development
  • Sandler, Irwin. Critical reflections on the new trends in prevention. Institute for Applied Psychology
  • Sandler, Irwin. Forging Strengths Based Social Policy. Society for Prevention Research
  • Sandler, Irwin. Phases if Prevention Research: From theory to intervention. Conference on prevention research
  • Sandler, Irwin. Prevention efforts to promote resilience in at-risk youth. Society for Research in Child Development
  • Sandler, Irwin. Specialty Workshop: Parenting Program for Bereaved Parents. Association of Death Education and Counseling Annual Meeting

Service

  • NIMH Review Special Emphasis Panel Translational Research, Member (2006 - Present)
  • Society for Community Research and Action, Member Task Force on Disaster Research (2006 - Present)
  • Social Embeddedness Panel, Presenter at a meeting organized by the Office of the President ASU (2006 - Present)
  • NIMH Special Emphasis Review Panel for Services Research Centers, Review Panel member (2006 - Present)
  • Journal Reviewer, Ad hoc reviewer (2006 - Present)
  • Society for Prevention Research, Advocacy Committee Member (2006 - Present)
  • Center for Traumatic Stress at NYU, Consultant (2005 - Present)
  • NIMH Special Emphasis Grant Panel on Research on Children of Parents with HIV/AIDS, Reviewer (2005 - Present)
  • University of Michigan Prevention Research Training Grant, Presented at a post-doctoral training seminar (2005 - Present)
  • National Institute of Mental Health, Adviser (2004 - Present)
  • National Institute of Drug Abuse, Adviser (2004 - Present)
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Member, Scientific Advisory Board (2003 - Present)
  • Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, Mentoring Executive Director on developing research in the Family Courts. Activity funded by a grant from the WT Grant Foundation to the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (2009 - 2011)
  • Dean's Faculty Advisory Board, Member (2008 - 2010)
  • Department of Psychology/PAC Committee, Member (2008 - 2010)
  • National Institute of Mental Health, Consultant as a Co-PI on a collaborative training grant for child mental health intervention research (2005 - 2010)
  • NIDA, Member, Work Group on Prevention Research (2008 - 2009)
  • Association of Death Eduation and Counseling/Board of Directors, Member (2008 - 2009)
  • National Institute of Drug Abuse, Advisory Committee on Prevention Research (2008 - 2009)
  • Institute of Medicine of the National Academy of Science/National Research Council, Member of the "Committee on the Prevention of Mental Disordersand Substance Abuse Among Children, Youth and Young Adults: Research Advances and Promising Directions (2007 - 2009)
  • Vanderbilt University, Consultant (2005 - 2008)
  • Society for Prevention Research; Training Committee and Advocacy Committee, Member (2004 - 2006)
  • Journal Reviews, Ad hoc reviewer (2005 - 2005)
  • National Conference of the Society for Prevention Research, Program Committee (2005 - 2005)
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Scientific Advisory Committee (2003 - 2005)
  • Society for Prevention Research, Member, Board of Directors (2003 - 2005)
  • Society for Prevention Research, Member (2002 - 2005)
  • Society for Prevention Research, Conference Planning Committee (2005 - 2005)
  • Society for Prevention Research, Member Board of Directors (2002 - 2005)
  • Johns Hopkins University, Consultant on R-34 Intervention Development Grant (2004 - 2004)
  • Domestic Relations Committee of the Arizona State Legislature, Consultant (2004)
  • Journal Reviews, Prevention Science, JCCP, Child Development, and others, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2004)
  • New York University, Child Study Center, Consultant to Prevention Science Institute and Trauma and Bereavement Institute (2004)
  • Department of Psychology, Search Committee for Neuroscience position (2003 - 2004)
  • Committee on Children Youth and Families, Member (2000 - 2003)
  • American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Scientific Advisory Committee (2003)
  • Arizona State Superior Court, Domestic Relations Court of Maricopa County, Collaborator (2003)
  • Center for Mental Health Services, Adviser (2003)
  • Center for the Advancement of Health, Scientific Advisory Committee (2003)
  • Children Youth and Families Committee of American Psychological Association, Member (2003)
  • Clinical Admissions Committee, Member (2003)
  • National Institute for Mental Health, Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer (2003)
  • Neuroscience Search Committee, Member (2003)
  • Prevention Research Center, Director (2003)
  • SAMHSA, Advisory Committee on Criteria for Evidence Based Prevention Programs (2003)
  • Society for Prevention Research, Member, Board of Directors (2003)
  • Mediating mechanism of the effects of psychosocial interventions, Consultant (2002 - 2002)
  • Center for Mental Health Services on Issues in the definition of evidence based prevention services, Consultant (2001 - 2002)
  • Dissemination and implementation in children's mental health, Consultant (2002 - 2002)
  • American Psychological Association Working Group on Children's Mental Health, Division 27 Liaison (2001 - 2001)