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Publications & Presentations

Peer-Reviewed Publications

Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare: A Longitudinal Assessment of Young Adult Outcomes. Journal of Counseling and Development. 2017

A Multilevel Model to Examine Adolescent Outcomes in Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare: The Parent Perspective. Child & Youth Care Forum. 2016

Adolescent Self-Assessment of an Outdoor Behavioral Health Program: Longitudinal Outcomes and Trajectories of Change. Journal of Child and Family Studies. 2016

Pushing Beyond Outcome: What Else Changes in Wilderness Therapy? Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. 2016

Outdoor Behavioral Health Care: Client and Treatment Characteristics Effects on Young Adult Outcomes. Journal of Experiential Education. 2016

Longitudinal Outcomes for Youth Transported to Wilderness Therapy Programs. Research on Social Work Practice. 2016

What Does it Take to Get Post-Discharge Data? Journal of Therapeutic Schools and Programs. 2016

Dissecting the wilderness therapy client: Examining clinical trends, findings, and industry patterns. Journal of Experiential Education. 2014

Efficacy of wilderness therapy for young adults: A first look. Journal of Residential Treatment for Children and Youth. 2013


Presentations at Professional Conferences

American Counseling Association

Theory and Efficacy of Wilderness Therapy: Mechanisms of change and long-term outcomes.
Honolulu, Hawaii. 2014

American Psychological Association

A continuum of care among Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare models.
Symposium for the convention in Toronto in August 2015

Does transporting youth affect outcomes in wilderness therapy?
Poster for the convention in Toronto in August 2015

Does change last? Outcomes for adolescent and young adults in outdoor behavioral healthcare.
Washington, DC, August 2014

Outcomes in outdoor behavioral healthcare. Presented within the symposium “Outdoor Behavioral Healthcare: Advances in research and evaluation,”
Washington, DC, August 2014

Association of Experiential Education

Dissecting the Wilderness Therapy Client: Examining Clinical Trends, Findings, and Industry Pattern.
Denver, CO; October 2013

For whom does wilderness therapy work best? Predictors of change according to parent assessments.
International Adventure Therapy Conference.
Denver, CO; June 2015

National Association of Therapeutic Schools and Programs

Integrating adoption research, neuroscience and attachment theory to heal relational trauma in wilderness therapy.
Nashville, TN. February 2015

What changes in wilderness therapy: Moving beyond outcome.
Utah Regional Meeting,
Provo, UT; September 2011

Wilderness Therapy Symposium

Using multi-level modeling to better understand improvements and predictors in outdoor behavioral healthcare.
Park City, UT. August 2014

A conversation about gender differences in wilderness therapy: What the data says and what it means for us in the field.
Park City, UT. August 2014

Treating Young Adults with Substance Abuse in Wilderness Therapy.
Park City, UT. August 2014

Using Data and Attachment Theory to Understand Why Wilderness Treatment Can Be an Effective Means for Treating Adopted Adolescents
Park City, UT. August 2014

How to do research in clinical settings without 'failing'! Ideas and strategies.
Boulder, CO. August 2013

How are clients six months after treatment?
Boulder, CO. August 2013

Solidifying outcomes: Mounting evidence for the transformational wilderness experience.
Boulder, CO. August 2012


If you have decided that wilderness therapy is right for your child, I highly recommend Evoke at Entrada. While it was a difficult choice, I only wish we had done it sooner, the growth and maturity and hitting a reset button was what our boy needed. Caring staff and therapists, and a program that is designed to help the entire family really make this a family changing experience. – Shannon Kelley, Evoke Entrada Parent