Kristyn Zajac, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Family Services Research Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). She earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Delaware in 2009. She completed an NIMH-funded clinical internship and post-doctoral research fellowship at MUSC’s National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center. Dr. Zajac's research interests focus broadly on the development, evaluation, and dissemination of evidence-based interventions for mental health and substance abuse problems among high-risk adolescents. She is currently working on a NIDA-funded grant evaluating an intervention for comorbid substance use and mental health problems among adolescents. She is also involved in an NIMH-funded project evaluating an adaptation of Multisystemic Therapy for emerging adults. In addition, Dr. Zajac is conducting a pilot study evaluating the impact of mental health and substance use problems on parenting among teenage mothers.