This summer, Associate Professor of Psychology Julie Kingery and five colleagues from psychology departments at several other colleges and universities across the country published an article in the peer-reviewed journal, The Behavior Therapist. The article — “Developmentally Sensitive Implementation of Core Elements of Evidence-Based Treatments: Practical Strategies for Youth With Internalizing Disorders” — aims to highlight ways clinicians might better implement specific cognitive behavioral treatment strategies, such as relaxation training, problem-solving, and self-monitoring, by adapting to fit each child’s age and developmental level.
Specifically focusing on children and adolescents with anxiety and depression, the authors detail concrete approaches to “implement these core elements in a developmentally sensitive way,” Kingery says. “Not all clinicians have training in both developmental and clinical psychology, so we wanted to offer some practical strategies. A lot of therapists know what these treatments are and many already implement them, but they might be looking for suggestions regarding how to adapt them by age.”
The article is related to a book-length project by Kingery and the other authors that is currently under contract with Guilford Press. The book will explore the core elements of cognitive behavioral treatments for children and adolescents with anxiety and depression.
“Most books and other resources that were published tend to have a chapter about anxiety and treatment, a chapter about depression and treatment, etcetera,” Kingery says. “We realized that there are core elements for cognitive behavioral therapy that tend to be implemented across different psychological disorders, such as relaxation training, problem-solving, goal setting, self-monitoring, praise and rewards, and cognitive strategies.” The forthcoming book will include a chapter for each treatment element or strategy, and describe common approaches for implementation with both anxious and depressed youth.
Kingery, who is currently chair of the department at HWS, joined the faculty in 2007. She earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Richmond and her Ph.D. from the University of Maine, in developmental and clinical psychology. Her research has been published previously in a number of journals, most recently in Anxiety, Stress, & Coping: An International Journal and Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.