M.S. (Marion S.) Forgatch


Dr. Marion Forgatch’s professional interests blend intervention, implementation, and basic research. In the early 1970s, she began working with Gerald Patterson and colleagues at the Oregon Social Learning Center, where GenerationPMTO was developed and tested over the course of 50+ years. Her clinical work has included treatment with families of children and youth referred for problems ranging from aggression to chronic delinquency, as well as families referred for treatment because of child abuse/neglect. In the 1990s, she shifted focus from clinical work to prevention, designing and evaluating interventions based GenerationPMTO to prevent conduct and substance problems with at-risk families. In the 2000s, her focus has been on the wide-scale implementation of GenerationPMTO. In addition to the 2017 book Raising Cooperative Kids: Proven Practices for a Connected, Happy Family, Dr. Forgatch has authored and co-authored numerous journal articles, book chapters, audio and video tapes for parents, and two books for parents of adolescents. A fellow of the Association for Psychological Science, she has received two awards from Society of Prevention Research: Friend of the Early Career Prevention Network in 2003 and the Award for International Collaborative Prevention Research in 2008, and the Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award, from the American Academy of Family Therapy, 2012.