Students With Involved Families & Teachers (SWIFT) Research Opportunity

The SWIFT research study is seeking families with a student in a Lane County middle school (grades 6-8) who has challenges with behaviors and emotions. This study will test a support program called SWIFT. Read more about SWIFT here.

What makes this a research study is that we don’t know if the SWIFT program is more helpful for students and their families than what they normally get from school. By the end of the project, we hope to know more about how to help students and their families.

Families will be randomly sorted into two groups:

  • Half of families will receive the SWIFT program
  • Half of families will receive services available in the community

All families will be interviewed 4 times over the course of 18 months. Each interview takes about 1 ½ hours.  Families can earn up to $260 for their time:

  • $60 each time for interviews 1 & 2
  • $70 each time for interviews 3 & 4

If you are interested in hearing more about SWIFT, call, text, or email us!

Traci Ruppert


  1. Can I decide which group I get to be in? No, you will not be able to choose the group. Families are sorted randomly into one of the two groups, like in a coin toss. This is part of the research design. Both groups will continue to receive regular services from their school(s).
  2. Where does treatment take place? Client sessions take place at school, home, community, and clinic settings. Most youth skills coaching occurs at school so that students can practice skills at school. Due to the coronavirus pandemic, we also provide services remotely.
  3. What will treatment cost? SWIFT sessions are paid for by the Oregon Health Plan and the grant funding this research study. There are no out-of-pocket charges for treatment.
  4. Can we participate in treatment over the summer? Yes! Most families continue SWIFT sessions during the summer. Activities during the summer are designed to help students maintain gains and practice new skills for the upcoming school year.
  5. How does the coronavirus pandemic impact SWIFT? SWIFT works with families and schools to decide where sessions can take place based on school rules and what is comfortable for families. We can meet in person or remotely. All staff must be vaccinated and wear masks when meeting in person.

SWIFT Contact Information

Oregon Social Learning Center (OSLC)
Developments, Inc.
10 Shelton McMurphey Blvd.
Eugene, OR 97401
(On the corner of 4th & Pearl)