Patrick Tyler, Ph.D.

Patrick Tyler, Ph.D.



Dr. Patrick Tyler has over twenty-five years of combined clinical and research experience in residential and community-based treatment services for children and families. He earned his doctorate in Education from the University of Nebraska at Lincoln with an emphasis in emotional and behavioral disorders. Dr. Tyler also has his master's degree in Professional Counseling, a bachelor's degree in Psychology, and is an Independently Licensed Mental Health Practitioner and Licensed Professional Counselor in the state of Nebraska. He started at Boys Town in 2001 as a Program Director, and has been a Director of Boys Town's Family Home Program as well as the Clinical Director for a 10-year research project between Boys Town and UNL, designing and testing an aftercare intervention for youth returning home from Boys Town, called On the Way Home®. Dr. Tyler was the Research Clinician for the Center for Neurobehavioral research for six years and has been the Director of Research Translation at the Child and Family Translational Research Center since 2019.


Research Interests

Dr. Tyler's research interests include translating research into practice to improve the development, implementation, and dissemination of effective treatment interventions for children and families.

Selected Recent Publications: 


Tyler, P. M., Mason, W. A., Vollmer, B., & Trout, A. L. (2020). Practice to research and back in a social service agency: Trying to DO BETTER. Child & Youth Care Forum. doi: 10.1007/s10566-020-09548-3

Tyler, P. M., Aitken, A. A., Ringle, J. L., Stephenson, J. M., & Mason, W. A. (2020). Evaluating social skills training for youth with trauma symptoms in residential programs.  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. doi: 10.1037/tra0000589 

Tyler, P. M., Patwardhan, I., Ringle, J. L., Chmelka, M. B., & Mason, W. A. (2019). Youth needs at intake into trauma-informed group homes and response to services: An examination of trauma exposure, symptoms, and clinical impression. American Journal of Community Psychology, 64, 321-332. doi:10.1002/ajcp.12364

Tyler, P. M., Mason, W. A., Chmelka, M. B., Patwardhan, I., Dobbertin, M., Pope, K., … Blair, R. J. R. (2019). Psychometrics of a Brief Trauma Symptom Screen for Youth in residential care. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32, 753-763. doi:10.1002/jts.22442

Tyler, P. M., White, S. F., Thompson, R. W., & Blair, R. J. (2019). Applying a cognitive neuroscience perspective to disruptive behavior disorders: Implications for schools. Developmental Neuropsychology, 44(1), 17-42. doi: 10.1080/87565641.2017.1334782

Tyler, P. M., Thompson, R. W., Trout, A. L., Lambert, M. C., & Synhorst, L. L. (2017). Important elements of aftercare services for youth departing group homes.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26(6), 1603-1613. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0673-0

Trout, A. L., Lambert, M. C., Thompson, R., Duppong Hurley, K., Tyler, P. M. (2019). On the Way Home: Promoting caregiver empowerment, self-efficacy, and adolescent stability during family reunification following placements in residential care. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, doi: 10.1080/0886571X.2019.1681047

Trout, A. L., Lambert, M., Epstein, M., Tyler, P., Stewart, M., Thompson, R. W., & Daly, D. (2013). Comparison of On the Way Home Aftercare supports to usual care following discharge from a residential setting: An exploratory pilot randomized controlled trial. Child Welfare, 92(3), 27-45.