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Department of

Psychological Sciences

Kristen McCabe

Professor

Dr. McCabe received a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology and Spanish from the University of Michigan, and a PhD in Child Clinical Psychology from Wayne State University. Her NIMH-funded scholarly work has focused on improving treatment access, engagement, and outcomes for ethnic minority youth, particularly young Mexican Americans with behavior problems. Her teaching interests focus on topics related to general clinical and child clinical psychology, and she regularly teaches Behavior Disorders of Childhood, Psychological Assessment, and Methods of Evidence Based Psychotherapy.

Education

Dr. McCabe received a B.A. from the University of Michigan in psychology and Spanish, and a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in child clinical psychology. She completed her APA internship at the UCSD/San Diego VA Consortium. Her postdoctoral fellowship at the Rady Children’s Hospital Child and Adolescent Services Research Center was funded by NIMH.

Scholarly and Creative Work

Dr. McCabe’s research interests focus on improving treatment access, engagement, and outcomes for ethnic minority children, with a particular focus on young Mexican American children (ages 2-7) with behavior problems. Dr. McCabe’s work has been funded by a mentored career development award from NIMH that focused on adapting Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), an evidence-based psychotherapeutic intervention for behavior problems in young children, to be more culturally responsive to Mexican American families. Dr. McCabe was a co-investigator on an NIMH grant examining the relation between child, parent, and youth consensus on treatment goals and engagement and outcomes in school based mental health services. She is currently applying for funding to support the development of a method of personalizing behavioral parent training interventions for culturally diverse families.

Teaching Interests

Professor McCabe’s teaching interests focus generally on clinical psychology and more specifically on child clinical psychology. Dr. McCabe regularly teaches Behavior Disorders of Childhood, Psychological Assessment, the Applied Experience/Internship in psychology series, Methods of Evidence Based Psychotherapy, and occasionally Psychological Assessment. Her courses include coverage of diversity issues and incorporate Community Service Learning. Dr. McCabe also regularly supervises student researchers through the Honors, Summer Undergraduate Research Experience, and McNair Scholars programs.