Staff Psychologist, Bradley Hospital, Bradley/Hasbro Children’s Research Center, Early Childhood Clinical Research Center
Assistant Professor (Research), Brown University, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Rebecca Silver, PhD, is a staff psychologist at Bradley Hospital,
providing clinical services within the Bradley Early Childhood Clinical
Research Center, participating in program evaluation and research
activities, and providing supervision of trainees.
Silver is a graduate of Brown University, and earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Oregon. She did a clinical internship in child clinical psychology at the University of New Mexico Health Sciences Center, and a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University, The Warren Alpert School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior.
Early childhood mental health, dissemination and implementation of
evidence based practices in community settings, program evaluation,
development of disruptive/externalizing behaviors.
Silver is interested in the development and evaluation of evidence-based practices and programs (EBPs) that prevent mental health problems among young children. Her current research focuses on the implementation of EBPs in community settings, with an emphasis on identifying barriers and facilitators of effective and sustainable implementation (e.g., organizational capacities, readiness). This research aims to understand how EBPs are translated into “real world” settings, with the ultimate goal of developing strategies for enhancing community-based implementation of EBPs.
She is also interested in the development of disruptive behaviors in young children. Her research in this area has focused on understanding the role that familial and non-familial relationships, as well as characteristics of the natural settings (e.g., classrooms) in which children spend time, impact the development of externalizing behaviors.
Silver, R. B., Measelle, J. R., Armstrong, J. M., & Essex, M. J. (2010). The impact of parents, child care providers, teachers, and peers on early externalizing trajectories. Journal of School Psychology, 48, 555-583.
Silver, R. B., & Eddy, J. M. (2006). Research based prevention programs and practices for delivery in schools. In K. Dodge, T. Dishion, & J. Lansford (Eds.) Deviant Peer Influence in Programs for Youth (pp. 253-277). Guilford Press.
Silver, R. B., Measelle, J., Essex, M., & Armstrong, J.M. (2005). Trajectories of externalizing behavior problems in the classroom: Contributions of child characteristics, family characteristics, and the teacher-child relationship during the school transition. Journal of School Psychology, 43, 39-60.
García Coll, C., Akiba, D., Palacios, N., Bailey, B., Silver, R., DiMartino, L., & Chin, C. (2002). Parental involvement in children’s education: Lessons from three immigrant groups. Parenting: Science and Practice, 2, 303-324.