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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Michael A. Southam-Gerow, PhD


        Michael A. Southam-Gerow, PhD


Dr. Southam-Gerow is an associate professor in the Departments of Psychology and Pediatrics at Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU), the Co-Director of the Anxiety Clinic at VCU on the Monroe Park Campus, and the Director of Graduate Studies for the Department of Psychology. Dr. Southam-Gerow received his bachelor’s degree at the University of Michigan and his PhD at Temple University in Philadelphia. His research focuses on the dissemination of evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for mental health problems in children and adolescents. He just completed an NIMH-funded project designed to adapt EBTs for anxiety and depression in a large public community mental health clinic in central Virginia through the application of a partnership model. Dr. Southam-Gerow also studies treatment integrity, including therapist adherence to and competence in delivering specific treatment models. He and Dr. Bryce McLeod are currently PIs for a 5-year grant from NIMH to develop treatment integrity measures.  Dr. Southam-Gerow is also the Director of Quality and Performance with PracticeWise, LLC, a private company offering training in evidence-based approaches to children’s mental health care to therapists and agencies. Dr. Southam-Gerow’s other research interests include the study of emotion processes (e.g., emotion regulation, emotion understanding) in children and adolescents and how these relate to child psychopathology and the provision of mental health care in pediatric primary care settings. Dr. Southam-Gerow is Associate Editor of the Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology and the author of dozens of scholarly papers and is on multiple journal review boards.

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

1.  Understand and describe different components of treatment integrity.
2.  Describe the three stages of the Quality of Care model and provide examples of each.
3.  Explain why treatment integrity research is important to implementing treatments in new settings.


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