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Department of Pediatrics

Department of Pediatrics

CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center Research


Susan Timmer, Ph.D.

Dr. Timmer conducts research on the effectiveness of parent-child interaction therapy in high-risk populations, the barriers to the receipt of mental health services, and the efficacy of adjunct in-home services and other adjustments to treatment protocol. As part of this effort to improve the quality of mental health services for high-risk families, her research also explores the relationship between family and cultural values, the meanings attributed to parents' and children's behaviors, and children's psychological adjustment.

Anthony Urquiza, Ph.D.

Dr. Urquiza is a clinical psychologist who conducts research into all types of violence within the family with an emphasis on child maltreatment. His focus includes treatment approaches to physically abusive and at-risk families, and psychodiagnostic issues as they apply to young children. Further, he has adapted Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) to address problems experienced by young traumatized children. Finally, Dr. Urquiza is a leader in the area of the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices. His research and model development in disseminating PCIT has been replicated throughout the country.