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Rising Strong Evaluation

The Rising Strong Regional Partnership: Family-Centered Treatment with Housing Program (Rising Strong) aims to change outcomes for families at risk of child removal due to parental alcohol and substance use and housing instability. Rising Strong is an alternative program to the removal of children from their parent’s care, offering evidence-based treatment services, along with housing and wraparound services, intended to directly address the complex and interdependent needs of each family. The purpose of this evaluation is to determine if the Rising Strong program is associated with increased child well-being, parent recovery, family stability, permanency, and child safety. 

Our multidisciplinary team led by Dr. McDonell, along with faculty from the College of Nursing, comprise the evaluation team for Rising Strong.



Lead Evaluator

Michael McDonell, Ph.D.


Celestina Barbosa-Leiker, Ph.D.

Ekaterina Burduli, Ph.D.

Postdoctoral Researcher

Liat Kriegel Ph.D., MSW

Research Coordinators

Abram Lyons, MSW

Elizabeth Smith, B.A.



Catholic Charities of Spokane, WA

Nadine Van Stone, M.S., VP of Crisis Response and Shelters


Dawn Kinder, MSW, Director of Rising Strong and Chief Healthcare Integration Officer

Washington State Department of Children, Youth, and Families

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