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The Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 2018 Executive Board

Steven Lee Steven Lee, Ph.D., is a child clinical psychologist and an associate professor in the Department of Psychology at University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). He uses diverse research strategies, ranging from prospective longitudinal designs to meta-analysis, to identify risk factors, and their underlying mechanisms, with a focus on externalizing disorders. In addition to serving on the editorial board of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, and Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, he mentors students to help them gain professional careers in clinical psychology as well as related fields in mental health and biomedical science.
Mitch Prinstein Mitchell J. Prinstein, Ph.D., ABPP, is the John Van Seters Distinguished Professor of Psychology and the director of Clinical Psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Mitch’s research examines interpersonal models of internalizing symptoms and health risk behaviors among adolescents, with a specific focus on the unique role of peer relationships in the developmental psychopathology of depression and self-injury. Mitch has received several national and university-based awards recognizing his contributions to research and teaching, including the American Psychological Association Society of Clinical Psychology Theodore Blau Early Career Award, Columbia University/Brickell Award for research on suicidality, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy Mentor Award, UNC Chapel Hill Tanner Award for Undergraduate Teaching, and American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Raymond D. Fowler Award. Mitch has co-written and edited several professional development books, blogs, and websites, including the American Psychological Association of Graduate Students Workbook on the internship selection process, and The Portable Mentor.
Eric Youngstrom

Eric Youngstrom, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and neuroscience and psychiatry at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he is also the acting director of the Center for Excellence in Research and Treatment of Bipolar Disorders. He is a licensed psychologist who specializes in the relationship of emotions and psychopathology, and the clinical assessment of children and families. Dr. Youngstrom is the first recipient of the Early Career Award from SCCAP, and an elected full member of the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology. He is a fellow of the American Psychological Association (Divisions 5, 12, and 53), as well as the Association for Psychological Science and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He also chairs the Work Group on Child Diagnosis for the International Society for Bipolar Disorders, along with the Advocacy Task Force.

Jonathan Comer Jonathan Comer, Ph.D., is a professor of psychology and psychiatry at Florida International University, where he directs the Mental Health Interventions and Technology (MINT) Program. Dr. Comer’s work focuses on reducing systematic barriers to effective care; examining the assessment, phenomenology, and course of anxiety disorders, disruptive behavior disorders, and traumatic stress disorders; examining the psychological impact of disasters and terrorism on children and families; and focusing on biological markers of child psychopathology and neurocircuitry patterns. Dr. Comer has published over 120 scholarly articles, chapters, and handbooks; and his work has been recognized through several early career awards, including the American Psychological Association, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and the Association for Psychological Science.
David Langer

David Langer, Ph.D., is a licensed psychologist and research assistant professor in the Department of Psychological and Brain Sciences at Boston University (BU). He serves as the clinical director and co-director of research of the Child Programs at the BU Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders, and director of the C.H.O.I.C.E.S. program. Dr. Langer’s research explores the efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for youth psychopathology and the processes through which psychosocial treatments work. Dr. Langer’s research has been published in prestigious peer-reviewed journals and presented at national and international research conferences.

Amanda Jensen-Doss

Amanda Jensen-Doss, Ph.D. is an associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. Her research focuses on identifying the strengths and limitations of current youth mental health care in clinical care settings; identifying experimentally supported assessment tools and treatments that are ready for dissemination to these settings; and testing the benefits of employing EBPs in clinical care settings. She has published over 50 articles, chapters, and books related to youth mental health services, evidence-based practice, and psychological assessment. She has served as the leader of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy’s Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group.

 Tara Peris Headhsot Tara Peris, Ph.D. is a child and adolescent clinical psychologist and an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. She is also the Program Director of the UCLA ABC Partial Hospitalization Program for Children and is closely involved in the pre-doctoral internship training program at the Institute. Dr. Peris’ clinical interests are in developmental psychopathology, with a particular focus on evidence-based treatments for child and adolescent anxiety and related disorders. Her research interests center on developing strategies for optimizing treatment outcome for difficult-to-treat cases of anxiety, OCD, and related conditions. Dr. Peris is the recipient of a career development award from NIMH, a NARSAD Young Investigator Award, and awards from the International Obsessive Compulsive Disorder Foundation (IOCDF), the TLC Foundation for Body-focused Repetitive Behavior (TLC), and the Friends of the Semel Institute. She was the 2016 recipient of the SCCAP Abidin Early Career Award and Grant.
Yolanda Jackson

Yolanda Jackson, Ph.D., ABPP, is a clinical child psychologist and a professor of psychology and applied behavioral science in the Clinical Child Psychology program at The University of Kansas. Dr. Jackson is the author or co-author of many highly-cited papers and chapters in her areas of study—the impact of trauma on youth mental health and children’s risk and resilience. She serves on the Editorial Board of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, Professional Psychology: Research and Practice and the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Dr. Jackson has received The Kansas University Outstanding Graduate Teacher Award from the Center for Teaching Excellence (2005), the Kemper Foundation Teaching Award (2004), and the Byrd Graduate Educator award (2016).

Mary Fristad Mary Fristad, Ph.D., ABPP, is professor of psychiatry and behavioral health, psychology, and nutrition at The Ohio State University, where she has been on faculty for over 30 years and currently serves as vice chair for Academic Affairs and Research. Her research focuses on mood disorders in youth with a particular emphasis on nutritional and psychotherapeutic interventions. She has over 200 publications, including a treatment manual for clinicians and a book for parents. Dr. Fristad is past president of SCCAP and the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and currently serves on the American Psychological Association’s Council of Representatives.

 Timothy A. Cavell, PhD is Professor in the Department of Psychological Science at the University of Arkansas. His research focuses primarily on the role of parents, teachers, and mentors in selective interventions for children who are highly aggressive or chronically bullied. Current work also examines school-based mentoring for military-connected students. Tim has published numerous articles and chapters as well as two books (Working with Parents of Aggressive Children: A Practitioner’s Guide; Anger, Aggression, and Interventions for Interpersonal Violence). He was Chair of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology Programs (CUDCP) and was elected in 2014 to APA’s Board of Professional Affairs (BPA). He serves on the Research Advisory Council for Big Brothers/Big Sisters of America and the Research Board for the National Mentoring Resource Center.

Andres De Los Reyes Andres De Los Reyes, Ph.D. is the current editor-in-chief of the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and is an associate professor of psychology at the University of Maryland at College Park. He serves as director of the Comprehensive Assessment and Intervention Program (CAIP), a laboratory focused on improving our understanding of the inconsistent outcomes from multi-informant mental health assessments, with a focus on adolescent social anxiety and family functioning. Dr. De Los Reyes has published over 70 peer-reviewed articles and has received a number of awards for his work, including the American Psychological Association’s (APA) Distinguished Scientific Award for an Early Career Contribution to Psychology and the Society for Research in Child Development’s Early Career Research Contributions Award.
Anne Marie Albano

Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP, is a professor of medical psychology in psychiatry at Columbia University and director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders and clinical site director of New York Presbyterian Hospital’s Youth Anxiety Center. She is the recipient of the 2015 ABCT Award for Outstanding Contributions by an Individual for Clinical Activities and received the Rosenberry Award for service to children, adolescents and families from the University of Colorado at Denver. She has published more than 100 articles and chapters and is the co-author of several cognitive behavioral treatment manuals. Her book with Leslie Pepper, Helping Your Anxious Child: Free Your Child from Fears and Worries and Create a Joyful Family Life, was a 2014 ABCT Self-Help Book Award winner and 2014 Self-Help Book Award winner from the American Society of Journalists and Authors. In 2015, a new ABCT award was established in Dr. Albano’s name by a family to encourage the proliferation of evidence-based treatment, the Anne Marie Albano Early Career Award for Excellence in the Integration of Science and Practice.

Jenny Hughes Ph.D. headshot  Jennifer L. Hughes, Ph.D., M.P.H., is an Assistant Professor and Licensed Psychologist at the UT Southwestern Center for Depression Research and Clinical Care (CDRC). She is the head of the CDRC Risk and Resilience Network, which aims to build partnerships with local schools and youth community organizations to implement mental health promotion and suicide prevention programs, as well as to work together to better understand resilience and risk in youth. Dr. Hughes is currently on the Executive Board of the American Psychological Association Division 53 Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (SCCAP) and serves as the Chair of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) Child and Adolescent Depression Special Interest Group (SIG). Dr. Hughes received a CHIPS (Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services) fellowship in 2012 and is the recipient of a Young Investigator Grant from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention to adapt and test an intervention designed to prevent future suicide attempts in adolescent suicide attempters for use with youths engaging in non-suicidal self-injurious behavior, an at-risk group for later suicide attempts. Additionally, Dr. Hughes collaborated with Dr. Betsy Kennard to develop and test a relapse prevention intervention for youth depression.  Broadly, Dr. Hughes’ research explores the efficacy and effectiveness of psychosocial treatments for building resilience, the prevention and treatment of youth depression, and addressing suicide in youth. For more information, please visit:
Stephon Proctor Stephon Proctor, Ph.D., ABPP, joined the SCCAP Board in 2017 in the position of web editor. Dr. Proctor is a board certified clinical child psychologist specializing in the evaluation and treatment of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), disruptive behavior disorders, and anxiety disorders at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. He earned his doctorate from the Pennsylvania State University in 2011.



Heather MacPherson, Ph.D., is an assistant professor (research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University, and a staff psychologist with the Pediatric Mood, Imaging and NeuroDevelopment (PediMIND) Program at Bradley Hospital. Dr. MacPherson’s research focuses on the development and examination of psychosocial evidence-based treatments for children with mood disorders, with a focus on community-based effectiveness and implementation, predictors and moderators of treatment response, and mechanisms of change. She has published numerous chapters and manuscripts on these topics. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and provides assessment and treatment services through the PediMIND Program and Bradley Hospital.
Adam Bryant Miller Adam Bryant Miller, Ph.D. (2018), focuses on the effects of early childhood adversity on adolescent development and behavior. Dr. Miller is particularly interested in the emergence of adolescent health risk behaviors, including substance use, risky sexual behavior, and suicide. To date, his work has investigated interpersonal risk factors, such as lack of social support, for adolescent suicidal behavior. He has also examined factors that help explain the robust relationship between child maltreatment and adolescent suicidal thoughts and behaviors. He received the APA Division 53 Student Achievement Award for his work during graduate school and Dr. Miller received a National Research Service Award (Individual F32) for his postdoctoral fellowship. Currently, Dr. Miller is examining potential brain circuits involved in adolescent suicidal behavior.
Megan Miller Headhshot Meghan Miller, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the MIND Institute at the University of California, Davis. Her research uses a developmental psychopathology framework to understand the early emergence of neurodevelopmental disorders, with a particular focus on autism spectrum disorder and ADHD. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist and is involved in the teaching and training of postdoctoral fellows and other trainees at the MIND Institute through the Northern California LEND program.

Leigh Spivey Leigh Spivey, M.S. (2017-2018), is currently a third-year graduate student in the clinical psychology program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and is one of the SCCAP Student Representatives for the 2017-2019 term. Leigh’s clinical and research interests focus on the mental health and affirmative care of transgender and gender nonconforming youth. Leigh is particularly interested in studying how parents of transgender and gender nonconforming youth can be most effective in supporting and affirming their child. Finally, Leigh is working with her mentor and current SCCAP president, Mitch Prinstein, to explore risk factors for suicidal thoughts and behaviors in a clinical sample of gender diverse and cisgender adolescents.
 Elizabeth Moroney (Beth) Headshot Elizabeth (Beth) Moroney, M.A. (2018-2019) is a third-year graduate student under the supervision of Dr. Steve Lee at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA). Her research focuses on risk and resilience processes in the development of externalizing problems, including family factors such as parenting styles; early life adversity; and other environmental influences (e.g., electronic media use). Beth also works as a clinician with high-risk youth transitioning from foster care to adoption. In addition to serving as a Student Representative for Division 53, Beth also serves as the Administrator for the International Society for Research in Child and Adolescent Psychopathology (ISRCAP).
Jill Ehrenreich-May Jill Ehrenreich-May, Ph.D., is the director of the Child and Adolescent Mood and Anxiety Treatment (CAMAT) program at the University of Miami and an associate professor in the child division of the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami. Her primary research and clinical expertise is in developmental psychopathology of youth emotional disorders and, particularly, the treatment of anxiety and depression in children and adolescents. Dr. Ehrenreich-May is primarily known as the developer of the Unified Protocols for the Transdiagnostic Treatment of Emotional Disorders in youth. She has developed and authored or co-authored several treatment manuals. Dr. Ehrenreich-May is also interested in optimization of clinician training in evidence-based interventions for youth and the and dissemination of effective treatments in ways that maximize their benefit for children.
Brian C. Chu Brian C. Chu, Ph.D., is an associate professor in clinical psychology in the Graduate School of Applied and Professional Psychology and in the Department of Psychology at Rutgers University. He is also director of the Youth Anxiety and Depression Clinic. Dr. Chu focuses on child and adolescent anxiety and depression, effectiveness and dissemination, and the evaluation of mechanisms of change. Dr. Chu serves as a consulting editor for the Division’s Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.



Erlanger A. Turner Erlanger A. Turner, Ph.D., is an assistant professor of psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown and is a licensed psychologist. Dr. Turner’s clinical expertise includes behavioral parent training, assessment and treatment of disruptive behavior disorders and developmental disabilities, and cognitive-behavioral therapy. Dr. Turner’s research focuses on health equity, ethnic minority mental health, access to behavioral health services for youth, and cultural competency in clinical practice.



Steven Meyers Steven Meyers, Ph.D., ABPP,  is professor and associate chair in the Department of Psychology at Roosevelt University in Chicago, where he also directs the Initiative for Child and Family Studies. His research has explored topics such as how neighborhood characteristics determine whether a particular parenting strategy is adaptive and the factors that promote family resilience. Meyers also publishes in the area of faculty development, effective college teaching practices, and student well-being. Meyers is Board Certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in both Clinical Psychology and Clinical Child/Adolescent Psychology, and is a fellow of three divisions of the American Psychological Association.


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