Alissa Huth-Bocks, PhD
Professor of Pediatrics and Psychiatry, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine | Secondary Appointment of Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences | Psychology Clinic Director
Psychology Clinic Activities
In addition to my clinical research, teaching, and program development/evaluation activities at University Hospitals and Case Western Reserve University (CWRU) School of Medicine, I am pleased to be the current director of the CWRU Psychology Clinic. I have spent the last 15 years providing clinical supervision to graduate students providing psychotherapy at university training clinics such as the CWRU Psychology Clinic. I have also spent over a decade teaching trainees about establishing an effective therapy relationship, the therapeutic process, and specific evidence-based interventions addressing a wide range of client difficulties across the lifespan.
Although my clinical experience in the provision of services is broad, my special clinical interests include early childhood mental health and social-emotional difficulties such as post-traumatic stress reactions, anxiety, depression, and regulatory and behavioral problems in children age 0-5 years. As very young children are a unique interest of mine, the psychological functioning of parents is also one of my areas of expertise. Specifically, women’s mental health during pregnancy and after the birth of a child is a primary focus of my work.
My program of research focuses on: a) examining severe conditions of risk and adversity in relation to parental functioning and early childhood developmental outcomes, b) examining stability and change of risk and functioning over time for parents and their children across the birth of a child, and c) evaluating the effects of early intervention on parents and their young children.
My current research projects include multiple longitudinal studies following expectant and post-partum caregivers and their young children to evaluate development under conditions of severe psychosocial risk, such as poverty, exposure to violence, and caregiver psychopathology. I regularly collaborate with other early childhood and developmental scientists both locally and nationally including other clinical researchers at UH/Case Western Reserve University, University of Michigan, Eastern Michigan University, Michigan State University, DePaul University, Northwestern School of Medicine, and Stony Brook School of Medicine.
A new multi-site, longitudinal research project, funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD), has just begun locally through the CWRU School of Medicine under my direction. This study will examine the validity and utility of a new caregiver-report tool called PediaTrac™, which will be administered to several hundred parents of full-term and pre-term children from birth through 18 months of age. Some children will also return for a developmental assessment at 24 months in order to examine PediaTrac’s ability to predict emerging (or onset of) developmental disorders.
My active memberships and involvement in the American Psychological Association, Division of Child and Adolescent Clinical Psychology, the Society for Research in Child Development, the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies, the Michigan and World Infant Mental Health Associations, and the International Congress of Infant Studies facilitate my research collaborations, as well as the exchange of new ideas and scientific findings with colleagues across the world.
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B.A. in Psychology, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
M.S. in Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University
Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Michigan State University
Postdoctoral Fellowship in Child Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan Health System
Specialty: Clinical Psychology