Kristin Hawley, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor, Department of Psychological Sciences at University of Missouri, will describe the current youth mental crisis in the U.S., where more than one in five youth suffers from an impairing mental health concern, and many families are unable to access effective care. She will also provide an overview of the research evidence on youth and family psychotherapies and current efforts to improve dissemination and implementation of these evidence-based treatments into community-based services. She will describe a model program in Boone County that includes a range of evidence-based assessment, referral and treatment services for youth and families, alongside evidence based training and support services for mental health providers who care for our youth and families.
About the Speaker:
She is a clinical psychologist, associate professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Missouri, and director of the Center for Evidence-Based Youth Mental Health. She earned her bachelor’s degree from MU and master’s degree and doctorate from the University of California-Los Angeles. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship with San Diego State University, San Diego Rady Children’s Hospital and the NIMH-funded Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. Dr. Hawley completed clinical training at Los Angeles’ Child and Family Guidance Center; UCLA’s Semel Institute Child OCD, Anxiety & Tic-Related Disorders Program; St. John’s Child and Family Development Center; and Didi Hirsch Community Mental Health Services. Her active research program focuses on improving access and quality of mental health services for children, adolescents and families. She provides clinical training, consultation and supervision to graduate students and mental health professionals. She has a passion for supporting the best possible care for youth and families in need of mental health services.