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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Phillippe B. Cunningham, PhD


        Phillippe B. Cunningham, PhD


Phillippe B. Cunningham, a native of Washington, DC, completed the requirements for a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University and completed a Pre-Doctoral Internship with the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Medical University of South Carolina.  Dr. Cunningham is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Family Services Research Center at the Medical University of South Carolina. He has had a longstanding commitment to addressing the psychosocial needs of children and adolescents, especially those who are disadvantaged and under served.  His clinical and research interests include (1) Developing culturally competent mental health services; (2) Evaluating innovative clinical services for disadvantaged youth and families; (3) Developing and evaluating community-based substance abuse and violence prevention and intervention services; and (4) Training and supervising mental health professionals in providing innovative and evidence-based services. In 2000, Dr. Cunningham received the Theodore H. Blau Early Career Award from the American Psychological Association’s Society of Clinical Psychology. In 2006, Dr. Cunningham participated in the First Lady’s Conference on “Helping America’s Youth.” Dr. Cunningham has also served as a member of the Behavior Change Expert Panel for the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy National Youth Anti-Drug Media Campaign. 

       At the completion of this session, the participant will be able to:

1.  Describe a transactional model of treatment non-response.
2.  List categories of factors that can contribute to treatment non-response.
3.  Describe initial results from a longitudinal study examining factors that impact the differential effectiveness of Multisystemic


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