Parent Resources
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Parent Resources

Are you worried about your child's behavior or feelings? Would you like to know the treatment options for your child? This section of the website has videos of interviews with experts in child and adolescent psychology. In each video, the experts discuss issues that are particularly important to parents/caregivers. In addition, the experts describe the evidence-based treatment options (treatments with scientific support) available for children and adolescents experiencing the specific problems listed below. These videos are organized alphabetically, by disorder/problem.

To learn more about the importance of evidence-based practices, please click here.


Abuse

Dr. David Kolko defines physical abuse and reviews the impact of abuse and family conflict on children. In addition, he discusses helpful resources for families. Dr. Kolko is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology, and Pediatrics at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. He is board certified in Child and Adolescent Psychology by the American Board of Professional Psychology and a fellow of the American Psychological Association.

Adherence to Treatment

Dr. Michael Rapoff defines adherence and reviews techniques that parents can use to help their children follow through with doctor recommended treatment plans. Michael Rapoff, Ph.D. is currently Ralph L. Smith (Distinguished) Professor of Pediatrics, Vice-Chair for Research/Scholarship, and Director of the Faculty Mentoring Program in the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Kansas Medical Center.

Aggression/Conduct Problems

Dr. J. Mark Eddy discusses conduct problems and aggressive behavior in children and the recommended evidence-based treatments to help with this problem. J. Mark Eddy, Ph.D., is Director of Research for Partners for Our Children (POC), a licensed psychologist, and research scientist at the University of Washington. To read more about treatments for conduct problems, please follow this link.

Anxiety Disorders

Dr. Deborah Beidel discusses evidence-based treatments for anxiety and social phobia in children. Deborah Beidel, Ph.D. ABPP is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Central Florida and the Director of UCF Anxiety Disorders Clinic. To read more about social phobia, please follow this link.
Dr. Anne Marie Albano discusses school refusal behavior in children due to anxiety and treatments for this problem. Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University and the Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Columbus Circle in New York City. To learn more about Dr. Albano or treatments for anxiety, please follow this link. To read more about treatments for anxiety, please follow this link.
Dr. John Piacentini discusses evidence-based treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder in children. John Piacentini, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences in the David Geffen School of Medicine and Director of the Child OCD, Anxiety, and Tic Disorders Program at the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. To learn more about Dr. Piacentini or treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder, please click here. To read more about treatments for obsessive-compulsive disorder, please click here.
Dr. Gabrielle Carlson discusses medication and treatment options for children with mood problems, including depression, anxiety, and mood lability. Gabrielle Carlson, M.D., is a Professor of Psychiatry and the Director of the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry at Stony Brook University. To learn more about Dr. Carlson or medications for mood problems, please click here. To read more about treatments for depression, anxiety, and mood problems please follow this link.

Assessment of Mental Health

Dr. Paul Frick discusses how parents can seek help if they are concerned about their child's behavior and the process of evidence-based assessment. Paul J. Frick, Ph.D is a University Distinguished Professor and Chair of the Department of Psychology at the University of New Orleans. Dr. Frick's expertise encompasses assessment of youth mental health as evidenced by his recent publication of "Clinical Assessment of Child and Adolescent Personality and Behavior." To learn more about Dr. Frick, please click here.

Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder

Dr. William Pelham discusses evidence-based treatment options for ADHD. William Pelham, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Florida International University and the Director of the Center for Children and Families. To learn more about Dr. Pelham or treatments for ADHD, please click here. To read more about treatments for ADHD please click here.
Dr. James Waxmonsky discusses medication options for the treatment of ADHD in children. James Waxmonsky, M.D. is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry at Florida International University's Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine and the Medical Director for the Center for Children and Families. To learn more about Dr. Waxmonsky or medication for ADHD, please click here. To read more about treatments for ADHD please click here.
Dr. Gregory Fabiano discusses the use of time out from positive reinforcement for children with ADHD. Gregory Fabiano, Ph.D. is an associate professor of Counseling, School, and Educational Psychology at the University at Buffalo.

Autism

Dr. Connie Kasari discusses evidence-based treatment options for children with autism. Connie Kasari, Ph.D. is Professor of Education and Psychiatry at UCLA and a founding member of the Center for Autism Research and Treatment. To learn more about treatments for autism please follow this link. To read more about treatments for autism please follow this link.

Bipolar Disorder

Dr. Mary Fristad discusses evidence-based treatment options for children with bipolar spectrum disorders. Mary Fristad, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor of Psychiatry, Psychology and Nutrition at the Ohio State University. To learn more about Dr. Fristad or about treatments for bipolar spectrum disorders please click here. To read more about treatments for bipolar disorder please click here.

Depression

Dr. Anne Marie Albano discusses depression in youth and evidence-based treatments for depression. Anne Marie Albano, Ph.D., ABPP, is an Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology in Psychiatry at Columbia University and the Director of the Columbia University Clinic for Anxiety and Related Disorders at Columbus Circle in New York City. To learn more about treatments for depression, please follow this link. To read more about treatments for depression, please follow this link.

Divorce

Dr. Robert Emery discusses the best practices to help transition children in families dealing with divorce. Robert Emery, Ph.D. is Professor of Psychology and Director of the Center for Children, Families, and the Law at the University of Virginia. To learn more about Dr. Emery or about best practices for child custody please click here.

Effective Mental Health Treatment

Dr. William Pelham discusses how parents can find effective mental health services for their children and what parents should look for in a therapist and treatment plan. William Pelham, Ph.D., ABPP is a Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry at Florida International University and Director of the Center for Children and Families. To learn more about Dr. Pelham and effective mental health services please click here. To read more about effective mental health care for children, please click here.

Learning

Dr. Barbara Foorman discusses the importance of intervening early for children who have difficulties with reading. In addition, she discusses things that parents can do with their children in order to help them learn how to read. Barbara Foorman, Ph.D. is the Francis Eppes Professor of Education at Florida State University and the Director of the Florida Center for Reading Research. To learn more about Dr. Foorman or about reading problems please follow this link.

Problems with Eating

Dr. David Janicke discusses multi-component behavioral interventions for childhood obesity. In addition, he discusses the impact of being overweight or obese in childhood. David Janicke, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at the University of Florida. To learn more about Dr. Janicke or about psychosocial treatments for childhood obesity please follow this link.

Dr. James Lock discusses the evidence-based treatment options for anorexia nervosa and bulimia in youth. James Lock, M.D., Ph.D. is a Professor in Psychiatry and Behavioral Science at the Stanford School of Medicine and the Director of the Stanford Child and Adolescent Eating Disorders Program. To learn more about treatments for anorexia or bulimia, please follow this link. To read more about treatments for eating disorders please follow this link.

Risky Behavior

Dr. David Wolfe discusses how to identify and prevent risky behaviors, such as substance use, sexual relations, and violence in relationships, during the teen years. David Wolfe, Ph.D., ABPP, is a senior researcher at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), where he directs the Centre for Prevention Science. He is also a professor of psychology and psychiatry at the University of Toronto.

Substance Use Problems

Dr. Ken Winters discusses evidence-based psychosocial treatment options for adolescents with substance use problems. Ken Winters, Ph.D. is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Minnesota, director of the Center for Adolescent Substance Abuse Research, and a Senior Scientist with the Treatment Research Institute, Philadelphia, PA. To learn more about Dr. Winters or about treatments for adolescent substance use problems please click here. To read more about substance use problems in adolescence please click here.

Suicide Risk

Dr. Cheryl King discusses recommended assessment procedures for youth suicide. Cheryl King, Ph.D. is Director of the Youth Depression and Suicide Prevention Program in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Michigan. To learn more about Dr. King or about assessing suicide in children and adolescents please click here.

Tourette Syndrome

Dr. Douglas Woods discusses evidence-based treatments for Tourette's syndrome. Douglas Woods, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee. To learn more about Dr. Woods or treatments for Tourette's Syndrome, please click here.