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Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences

Cynthia Cupit Swenson, PhD


       Cynthia Cupit Swenson, PhD


Cynthia Cupit Swenson, Ph.D. is a Clinical Psychologist and Professor at the Family Services Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences of the Medical University of South Carolina. She is developer of the Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect (MST-CAN) treatment model based on a 5-year NIMH-funded randomized clinical trial. She is also a model developer for Multisystemic Therapy – Building Stronger Families (MST-BSF), a treatment for families experiencing co-occurring child maltreatment plus parental substance abuse that is currently being evaluated in a National Institute on Drug Abuse trial. She has conducted research in the child abuse and neglect area for over twenty years and currently is focusing on international dissemination of MST-CAN. For the past seven years Dr. Swenson has become centrally involved in global health service projects related to community development and health in rural Ghana, West Africa. Her local service involves directing a children’s West African dance company that resulted from an MST neighborhood intervention project.

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

1.  Explain why a social ecological model is important for treating families with serious clinical problems.
2.  Describe the components of Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect.
3.  Understand current standards related to a model becoming evidence-based and ready for dissemination.


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