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Marlene Matarese, PhD

Marlene Matarese, PhD


Marlene Matarese, Ph.D. is an Adjunct Faculty member for the Master of Science Degree in Child and Adolescent Behavioral Health Program in the Department of Child & Family Studies at the University of South Florida.

Since 2006, Dr. Matarese has been with the University of Maryland where she directs The Institute for Innovation and Implementation’s Training and Technical Assistance Center. All of her work is grounded in implementation science and she oversees research and evaluation efforts related to Wraparound implementation occurring nationally and the implementation of multiple evidence-based practice models. Dr. Matarese is the principal investigator for National Quality Improvement Center on Tailored Services, Placement Stability and Permanency for LGBTQ Children and Youth in Foster Care. She is the Deputy Director for the TA Network for Children’s Behavioral Health and is also the Co-Director of the National Wraparound Implementation Center and is a clinical assistant professor with the SSW. She has directed the development of both small and large conferences and the design and implementation of an IT platform that includes distance learning technologies.

Dr. Matarese serves as the principal investigator on multiple national contracts including the National Adoption Competency Mental Health Training Initiative and others to provide large scale Wraparound implementation. Her prior professional experiences include providing technical assistance nationally on youth leadership and in partnership with a group of young people, organized and developed Youth MOVE National. She continues to champion the meaningful inclusion of youth in all levels of system design. Dr. Matarese also brings years of experience working directly with youth and their families as a care coordinator, clinician, and case manager for youth involved with child welfare, juvenile justice and behavioral health systems. Marlene received her master’s degree in social work at Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey and earned her Ph.D. in social work at the University of Maryland School of Social Work.