Brian Chor

Senior Researcher

Dr. Brian Chor is a Senior Researcher at Chapin Hall. Chor is a licensed clinical psychologist and a child welfare and child mental health services researcher. At Chapin Hall, Chor conducts data-informed research and provides implementation guidance on multiple evaluation projects funded by the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services (DCFS), including residential care and monitoring, therapeutic foster care, statewide rollout of immersion sites, and wraparound services for dually involved youth. Chor also provides expert consultation to the New York City Administration for Children’s Services (ACS) to develop, adopt, and implement predictive risk modeling using administrative data to improve case management and decrease repeat occurrences of maltreatment, placement, and involvement with the child welfare system. Chor works with state behavioral health agencies as part of Chapin Hall’s Total Clinical Outcomes Management (TCOM) team to leverage Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) assessment data to inform policy and practice.

Prior to coming to Chapin Hall, Chor was a Senior Researcher at the American Institutes for Research. Chor served as the Data Use Management Task Lead at the National Resource Center for Mental Health Promotion and Youth Violence Prevention and served as an Evaluation Specialist at the Youth Violence Prevention Training and Technical Assistance Center. In both projects, Chor used training and technical assistance data to improve the measurement and evidence base of technical assistance in child-serving systems.

Chor holds a PhD in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University and a Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology from Tufts University. Chor is licensed as a clinical psychologist in Illinois.

PhD in Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University

Master of Science in Clinical Psychology, Northwestern University

Bachelor of Science in Clinical Psychology, Tufts University

Chor, K. H. B., Petras, H., & Pérez, A. G. (2016, June). Identifying U.S. youth subgroups who receive John F. Chafee Foster Care Independence Program Services under the Foster Care Independence Act of 1999. Poster session presented at the Society for Prevention Research 24th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Olin, S. S., Chor, K. H. B., Weaver, J., Duan N., Kerker, B. D., Clark, L., Cleek, A. F., McKay M. M., Hoagwood, K. E., & Horwitz, S. M. (2014, November). Predictors of clinic behavior: Why they adopt what they do. Symposium conducted at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 48th Annual Convention, Philadelphia, PA.

Chor, K. H. B., Olin, S. S., Weaver, J., Cleek, A. F., McKay, M. M., Hoagwood, K. E., & Horwitz, S. M. (2014, April). Characterizing clinic adoption of child mental health initiatives in New York State. Poster session presented at the 22nd National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR), Bethesda, MD.

Kerker, B. D., Chor, K. H. B., Hoagwood, K. E., Radigan, M., Perkins, M., Setias, J., Wang, R., Olin, S. S., & Horwitz, S. M. (2014, April). Increasing the detection and treatment of mental health issues by pediatric providers in New York State: An evaluation of Project TEACH. Poster session presented at the 22nd National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH) Conference on Mental Health Services Research (MHSR), Bethesda, MD.

Chor, K. H. B., Olin, S. S., Weaver, J., Cleek, A. F., McKay, M. M., Hoagwood, K. E., & Horwitz, S. M. (2013, November). Characterizing clinic adoption of child mental health initiatives in New York State. Poster session presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 47th Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.

Stein, B. D., Sorbero, M., Leckman-Westin, E., Okeke, E., Scharf, D. M., Chen, Q., Finnerty, M., Chor, K. H. B., & Wisdom, J. P. (2013, June). The effects of prior authorization policies on Medicaid-enrolled children’s use of antipsychotic medications. Poster session presented at the 59th American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry (AACAP) Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.

Wisdom, J. P., Leckman-Westin, E., Chor, K. H. B., Shen, S., Chen, Q., Stein, B., . . . Hoagwood, K. E. (2012, October). Psychiatric polypharmacy among children: Impact of a quality improvement initiative. Poster session presented at the 2013 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Baltimore, MD.

Wisdom, J. P., Chor, K. H. B., Hoagwood, K., & Horwitz, S. M. (2012, March). Innovation adoption of evidence-based treatments and practices: A realist review. Poster session presented at the 5th Annual NIH Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Bethesda, MD.

Chor, K. H. B., & Baker, M. (2009, August). Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Statewide Provider Database. Symposium conducted at the 2009 Medicaid Management Information Systems (MMIS) Conference, Chicago, IL.

Chor, K. H. B., McClelland, G. M., & Jordan, N. (2009, June). Using CANS as a placement decision support algorithm to predict clinical outcomes of youth in child welfare placed in residential treatment. Symposium conducted at the 2009 AcademyHealth Annual Research Meeting, Chicago, IL.

Chor, K. H. B., McClelland, G. M., & Jordan, N. (2009, May). Following a placement decision support algorithm predicted clinical improvement in residential treatment. Poster session presented at the 21st Association for Psychological Science (APS) Conference, San Francisco, CA.

Chor, K. H. B., McClelland, G. M., & Jordan, N. (2008, September). Using CANS as a level of care assessment tool to predict clinical outcomes of youth in residential treatment. Symposium conducted at the 5th Annual Child and Adolescent Needs and Strengths (CANS) Conference, Nashville, TN.

2015 Summer Research Institute Fellow, National Data Archive on Child Abuse and Neglect, College of Human Ecology, Cornell University

2014 Outstanding Researcher (employment-based immigration first preference), United States Citizenship and Immigration Services

2011 George Yacorzynski Award for Dissertation Excellence, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

2007 National Scholar Honor Society

2006 Phi Beta Kappa, Tufts University

2006 Summa cum laude, Tufts University

2004 Psi Chi National Honor Society in Psychology

2002-05 Dean’s List, Tufts University

Palinkas, L. A., Um, M. Y., Jeong, C. H., Chor, K. H. B., Olin, S., Horwitz, S. M., & Hoagwood, K. E. (2017). Adoption of innovative and evidence-based practices for children and adolescents in state-supported mental health clinics: A qualitative study. Health Research Policy and Systems, 15(27), 1-9. doi:10.1186/s12961-017-0190-z

Chor, K. H. B., McClelland, G., Weiner, D. A., Jordan, N., & Lyons, J. S. (2015). Out-of-home placement decision-making and outcomes in child welfare: A longitudinal study. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research42(1), 70-86. doi:10.1007/s10488-014-0545-5

Kerker, B. D., Chor, K. H. B., Hoagwood, K. E., Radigan, M., Perkins, M., Setias, J., Wang, R., Olin, S. S., & Horwitz, S. M. (2015). Detection and treatment of mental health issues by pediatric PCPs in New York State: An evaluation of Project TEACH. Psychiatric Services, 66(4), 430-433. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201400079

Olin, S. S., Chor, K. H. B., Weaver, J., Duan, N., Kerker, B. D., Clark, L., Cleek, A. F., McKay M. M., Hoagwood, K. E., & Horwitz, S. M. (2015). Multilevel predictors of clinic adoption of state-supported trainings. Psychiatric Services, 66(5), 484-490. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201400206

Palinkas, L. A., Olin, S. S., Chor, K. H. B., Um, M. Y., Jeong, C. H., O’Connor, B., Horwitz, S. M., & Hoagwood, K. E. (2015). Influence of organizational role, consensus and innovation status on perceived facilitators and barriers to adoption of innovative and evidence-based practices in state-supported mental health clinics. Implementation Science, 10(S1), A41. doi:10.1186/1748-5908-10-S1-A41

Chor, K. H. B., Olin, S. S., Weaver, J., Cleek, A. F., McKay, M. M., Hoagwood, K. E., & Horwitz, S. M. (2014). Adoption of clinical and business trainings by child mental health clinics in New York State. Psychiatric Services, 65(12), 1439-1444. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.201300535

Chor, K. H. B., Olin, S. S., & Hoagwood, K. E. (2014). Training and education in clinical psychology in the context of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 21(2), 91-105. doi:10.1111/cpsp.12068

Chor, K. H. B., Wisdom, J. P., Olin, S. S., Hoagwood, K. E., & Horwitz, S. M. (2014). Measures for predictors of innovation adoption. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 42(5), 545-573. doi:10.1007/s10488-014-0551-7

Wisdom, J. P., Chor, K. H. B., Hoagwood, K. E., & Horwitz, S. M. (2014). Innovation adoption: A review of theories and constructs. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 41(4), 480-502. doi:10.1007/s10488-013-0486-4

Hoagwood, K. E., Olin, S. S., Horwitz, S. M., McKay, M. M., Cleek, A. F., Gleacher, A., Lewandowski, R. E., Nadeem, E., Acri, M. C., Chor, K. H. B., . . . Hogan, M. (2014). Scaling up evidence-based practices for children and families in New York State: Towards evidence-based policies on implementation for state mental health systems. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology43(2), 145-157. doi:10.1080/15374416.2013.869749

Stein, B. D., Okeke, E., Leckman-Westin, E., Sorbero, M., Chan, Q., Chor, K. H. B.,. . . Wisdom, J. P. (2014). The effects of prior authorization policies on Medicaid-enrolled children’s use of antipsychotic medications: Evidence from two mid-Atlantic states. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 24(7), 374-381. doi:10.1089/cap.2014.0008

Chor, K. H. B. (2013). Overview of out-of-home placements and placement decision-making in child welfare. Journal of Public Child Welfare7(3), 298-328. doi:10.1080/15548732.2013.779357

Chor, K. H. B., McClelland, G., Weiner, D. A., Jordan, N., & Lyons, J. S. (2013). Patterns of out-of-home placement decision-making in child welfare. Child Abuse & Neglect: The International Journal, 37(10), 871-882. doi:10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.04.016

Chor, K. H. B., McClelland, G., Weiner, D. A., Jordan, N., & Lyons, J. S. (2012). Predicting outcomes of children in residential treatment: A comparison of a decision support algorithm and a multidisciplinary team decision model. Children and Youth Services Review, 34(12), 2345-2352. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.08.016