John Landsverk has a Ph.D. in Sociology and he is currently a Senior Scholar at the George Warren Brown School of Social Work, Professor Emeritus at San Diego State University School of Social Work, and Director of the Child and Adolescent Services Research Center (CASRC). Dr. Landsverk is also the Associate Director of the Implementation Research Institute. We brought him to the IRI to teach the Fellows about launching pilot work for implementation research, research methods challenges, and to facilitate the Fellows’ presentations. He has a long history of research and publication on issues concerning children, youth, and families with a specific expertise in the implementation and evaluation of innovative early interventions for families at risk for child abuse and neglect. Specifically his research interests include child maltreatment, children's mental health and mental health services, research on the implementation and maintenance of evidence based, parent mediated interventions in child welfare settings for the treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and externalizing behavior problems in children and adolescents.