Julie Owens

Associate Professor

Contact Information:

Email: owensj(->AT<-)
Phone: 740-593-1074
243 Porter Hall
Ohio University
Athens, OH 45701

Research Area:

Intervention Design and Outcome Evaluation

Research Interests

Dr. Julie Sarno Owens is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Co-Director of the Center for Intervention Research in Schools. Her research focuses on the development and evaluation of school-based interventions for elementary school-aged youth with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and disruptive behavior problems. Her studies examine (a) the effectiveness and feasibility of transporting empirically-supported interventions into schools in underserved, communities in the Appalachian region of Ohio, (b) parents’ and teachers’ perceptions, satisfaction and acceptability of such treatments, and (c) factors that either enhance or interfere with the transportation, dissemination and sustainability of such treatments in rural communities.

Dr. Owens also conducts studies that examine self-perceptions of competence in children with ADHD, the nature and function of the positive illusory bias, and the implications of this bias on functioning in youth with ADHD. Dr. Owens is the Director of the Youth Experiencing Success in School (Y.E.S.S.) Program, a school-based mental health program that integrates empirically-supported interventions for youth with ADHD into the school setting. The Y.E.S.S. Program, which has developed in the context of a 10-year university-community partnership, involves intervention development and evaluation, research and practical training opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students, professional development training for local educators and mental health professionals, and treatment services for youth in our local region. As such the work emerging from the Y.E.S.S. Program has implications for the research, practice, training, and policy agendas at the local and national level.

Selected Publications


Watabe, Y., Stewart, J. L., & Owens, J. S., (in press). Effectiveness and Sustainability of School-Based Intervention for Youth with or at Risk for ADHD. School Mental Health

Karpenko, V., & Owens, J. S., (in press). Adolescent Psychotherapy Outcomes in Community Mental Health: How Do Symptoms Align with Target Complaints and Perceived Change? Journal of Community Mental Health.

Girio-Herrera, E., Owens, J. S., & Langberg, J. M. (2013). Perceived Barriers to Help-Seeking Among Parents of At-Risk Kindergarteners in Rural Communities. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42, 68-77.

Owens, J. S., Holdaway, A. S., Zoromski, A. K., Evans, S. W., & Himawan, L. K., Girio-Herrera, E., & Murphy, C. (2012). Incremental Benefits of a Daily Report Card Intervention Over Time for Youth with Disruptive Behavior. Behavior Therapy, 43, 848–861.

Owens, J. S., & Fabiano, G. A. (2011). School Mental Health Programming for Youth with ADHD: Addressing Needs Across the Academic Career. School Mental Health, 3, 111-116.

McQuade, J. D., Hoza, B., Waschbusch, D. A., Murray-Close, D., & Owens J. S. (2011). Changes in Self-Perceptions in Children with ADHD: A Longitudinal Study of Depressive Symptoms and Attributional Style. Behavior Therapy, 42, 170-182.

Evans, S. W., & Owens, J. S. (2010). Behavioral assessment within problem-solving models: Finding relevance and expanding feasibility. School Psychology Review, 39, 427-430.

Owens, J. S., Johannes, L. M., & Karpenko, V. (2009). The relation between change in symptoms and functioning in children with ADHD receiving school-based mental health services. School Mental Health, 1, 183 - 195.

Girio, E. L. & Owens, J. S. (2009). Teacher acceptability of evidence-based and promising treatments for children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder. School Mental Health, 1, 16-25.


Recent Grants


Owens, J. S., & Coles, E. K. (Co-PIs). Institute of Education Sciences. Development of Strategies to Increase Teacher Integrity in a Daily Report Card Intervention for Children with ADHD. Amount: 1,500,000. 2012-2015.

Flory, K. & Evans, S. W. (Co-PIs). Institute of Education Sciences. Mediators of Social Impairment among Children with ADHD. Co-I: Owens, J. S. Amount: $477, 547. 2012 – 2015.

Kerns, L., Evans, S. W., & Lewis, T. Institute of Education Science. Center for Serious Behavior Disorders at the Secondary Level. Co-I: Owens, J. S. Amount: $9,800,000.00. 2008 – 2013.

Brody, B. (PI). National Institute of Mental Health. Youth Mental Health Outcomes Tracking System: Self, Parent, & Clinician-Reported. Amount: $101,700. 2010-2011. Consultant: Owens, J. S.

McAvoy, D., (PI), Hallowell, B., Potkanowicz, E., & Schwerha, D. (CO-Is). National Science Foundation. Acquisition of a Synergistic Driving Simulator. Amount: $174,128. Collaborator: Owens, J. S.


Courses Taught

Child and Adolescent Psychology

Child Therapy, Child and Adolescent Assessment, Clinical Practicum, Seminars in School-Based Mental Health