Kazdin honored for work with childhood disorders

Alan E. Kazdin, the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and professor of child psychiatry at Yale, has been honored by the American Psychological Association (APA) for his groundbreaking work on diagnosing and treating childhood disorders.

Kazdin received the 2011 Award for Distinguished Scientific Applications of Psychology, one of three such awards given by the APA and one of the highest honors in the field.

Over the last 25 years, Kazdin has developed and evaluated in clinical trials two treatments for aggressive and antisocial behavior among children, one of the most costly of mental health problems and one of the most difficult to treat. As director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic, Kazdin also assists parents with ordinary child-rearing problems.

His work has been featured on ABC and National Public Radio. He also writes a column with Carlo Rotella ‘94 Ph.D. for Slate.com.

Kazdin has served as past president of the APA, director of the Yale Child Study Center and chair of the Department of Psychology. He has authored over 650 papers, and written or edited more than 45 books. He is currently chairing a fundraising campaign to sustain the Yale Parenting Center.

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