Thu 26 May, 2005 03:06 pm
Article on Family-funded academics for website
Lawrence Lilliston and Gary Shepard are undergraduate teaching faculty at Oakland University in Michigan who conducted a Family-funded evaluation of 52 children living in U.S. Family homes in 1993. Shepard is a professor of sociology who publishes on religion and culture. His colleague, Lilliston, is an assistant professor of psychology who completed a dissertation on adult schizophrenia in 1969. Since then, he has published on undergraduate psychology education and religious coping.
Although Lilliston has been touted by TFI as a clinical child psychologist, he has no published research in the area of child & adolescent mental health outside of two small studies on psychosocial adjustment in children of high demand organizations (HDOs). Lilliston & Shepard conducted both studies with small, purposive samples of children in The Family and The Church Universal & Triumphant. Neither of Lilliston & Shepardâ€™s studies on children in HDOs have been accepted for publication in peer reviewed journals dedicated to research on child and adolescent mental health.
Despite Lillistonâ€™s apparent lack of clinical research expertise in child and adolescent mental health and child abuse assessment, he felt confident to give an 18-year-old Rick Rodriguez a clean bill of health in a 1993 assessment.1 Using measures of psychosocial adjustment, Lilliston also concluded from his study of 52 Family children that â€œvery few kidsâ€