Note: Professor Kazdin is not accepting graduate students.
Our clinical-research group has focused on the diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of childhood psychiatric disorders, especially Oppositional-Defiant Disorder and Conduct Disorder. We have developed, evaluated, and provided evidence-based treatments (parent management training, cognitive problem-solving skills training) for clinically referred children and adolescents. Our work has been designed to understand the nature and scope of child dysfunction, parent, family, and contextual factors in which child dysfunction is embedded. We have studied family engagement in treatment, premature termination from treatment, barriers that influence parent participation and treatment outcome and factors during treatment (e.g., parent expectations, therapeutic alliance) that can be mobilized to improve treatment outcomes. In additional to providing treatment to clinically referred children, we have helped parents with the normal challenges of child rearing. We have provided our intervention in New Haven but also throughout the world live, on-line in individual treatment sessions.
Another separate area of our work focused on whether and how interactions with robots and animals (dogs) can be used to reduce stress among children. This work focused on basic processes in laboratory paradigms to better understand the interactions and the factors that explain how change comes about.
I work extensively with the media (TV, radio, print and internet) to bring psychological science to the public on issues related to child psychiatric disorders and mental health, parenting and discipline, school violence, bullying, and ways to promote child positive child development. We also provide training to mental health professionals throughout the world with our on-line and web-based training.