Accredited by the American Psychological Association
My research and clinical interests are primarily in the area of child-clinical psychology, with specific interests in childhood trauma and maltreatment. A focus of this research is an effort to increase the use of evidence-based practices in general clinical practice with children. Current research projects include examinations of clinician attitudes and practices related to evidence-based practices for maltreated children, examining personality factors as mediators of the link between childhood trauma and adult mental illness, and meta-analyses of various child treatment protocols.
Much of my research and clinical work integrates cognitive-behavioral and attachment theories. As such, students are trained to utilize interventions that coincide with each of these approaches, specifically Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). In addition, examinations of the effectiveness of these interventions with maltreated children are an ongoing focus and students have the ability to learn about the application of these treatments to maltreated populations.