Maria L. Schweer-Collins

Maria L. Schweer-Collins

Research Assistant Professor

University of Oregon


Maria’s research uses a prevention science framework to identify malleable intervention targets and tailor evidence-based interventions to prevent child maltreatment, justice involvement, and substance use. This work was shaped by her background working as a licensed mental health clinician in a variety of community based and educational settings. As a former Doris Duke Fellow and founding and current member of the Child Well-Being Research Network, she is committed to conducting actionable research to affect change in policy and practice and improve the lives of youth and families.

As an applied research methodologist, Maria has expertise in aggregate and individual participant data meta-analyses in prevention science. She is dedicated to developing open source methods that can improve the responsivity of research to applied policy and practice contexts.

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  • Family Intervention
  • Prevention Science
  • Positive Criminology
  • Research Synthesis
  • PhD in Prevention Science, 2020

    University of Oregon

  • MA in Couples and Family Therapy, 2013

    Bethel University

  • BA in Religion, 2009

    Bethel University


Research Assistant Professor
Jan 2022 – Present Oregon

In my role as a Research Assistant Professor at the Prevention Science Intitute, I run two federally-funded research studies on which I serve as PI/MPI

  • Exploring Pathways to Desistance and Adjustment in Adulthood Among Juvenile Justice-Involved Females
  • Opportunities to interrupt cycles of substance use: An intergenerational study of mothers affected by prior justice-system involvement and their children.

I am also a Research Assistant Professor with the HEDCO Institute for Evidence-Based Educational Practice

In this role, I am involved in every aspect of the research synthesis work conducted at the HEDCO Institute, from working with the HEDCO team, stakeholders, and the Advisory Board to identify topics, to coding studies, analyzing data, and writing and sharing out results.

Prevention Science Institute | University of Oregon
Research Associate and Postdoctoral Fellow
Prevention Science Institute | University of Oregon
Sep 2020 – Jul 2022 Oregon

Institute of Education Sciences Postdoctoral Fellow (R324B180001) where I received advanced training in intervention science, advanced research methods, and implementation science

Research Associate where I led a study funded through the National Institute of Justice (2020-JX-FX-0003)

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