Anthony Urquiza, Ph.D.

Anthony Joseph Urquiza, Ph.D.


Pediatric Psychology




  • Clinical Professor
  • Director, CAARE Center
  • Director-PCIT Training Center
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CAARE Diagnostic and Treatment Center

3671 Business Drive
Sacramento, CA 95820
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Physician Referrals: 800-4-UCDAVIS (800-482-3284)

Clinical Interests

Anthony Joseph Urquiza specializes in the medical evaluation, psychological assessment and treatment of abused and neglected children, and is Director of the CAARE Center. His extensive clinical experience includes individual and group therapy for children and adults, family and marital therapy, and parent training. His research addresses family violence, including treatment approaches for physically abusive families, sexually abused children, and survivors of childhood sexual abuse; and psychodiagnostic issues related to child mistreatment. He is also Director of the PCIT Training Center-a program whose mission is to disseminate parent-child interaction therapy to community mental heath treatment programs around the world.


Child Protection Center

Center/Program Affiliation

CAARE Center
Center for Healthcare Policy and Research
UC Davis Children's Hospital


Ph.D., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1988

B.A.|M.S., University of Washington, Seattle, Washington, 1983-1987

Honors and Awards

American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children – William Friedrich Memorial, 2011

California Governors Office of Criminal Justice Planning – Recognition, 2003

U.S. Department of Heath and Human Services, Centers for Disease Control - Recognition, 2002

Recognition of Achievement – Yolo County Board of Supervisors, 2002

Third Annual PCIT Sheila Eyberg Award – Merit Award, 2002

Select Recent Publications

Runyon, M., Urquiza, A.J. Treatment of physically abused children and their families. In: J.E.B. Myers, L. Berliner, J. Briere, C.T. Hendrix, C. Jenny, T. Reid (Eds.), The APSAC handbook of child maltreatment (3rd ed). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 2010

Timmer, S.G., Ware, L., Urquiza, A. The effectiveness of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for victims of interparental violence. Violence Against Women, 2010: 25(4), 486-503

Timmer, S.G., Zebell, N., Culver, Urquiza, A.J. Efficacy of Adjunct In-Home Coaching to Improve Outcomes in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Research on Social Work Practice, 2009:20(1), 36-45.

Urquiza, A.J. The future of play therapy: Elevating credibility through play therapy research. International Journal of Play Therapy, 2009:19 (1), 4-12.

Urquiza, A.J., Zebell, N., Blacker, D. Innovation and Integration: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy as Play Therapy. In Athena Drewes (Ed.), Cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches to play therapy. Wiley Sons: New York. 2009

Herschel, A., McNeil, C.B., Urquiza, A.J., McGrath, J., Zebell, N., Timmer, S.G., Porter, A. Evaluation of a treatment manual and workshops for disseminating, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Administration and Policy in Mental Health Services Research, 2009:36(1), 63-81.

Ogle, C., Augusti, E.M., Block, S., Culver, S., Harris, L., Timmer, S.G., Urquiza, A.J., Goodman, G.S. Accuracy and specificity of autobiographical memory in childhood trauma victims: Developmental considerations. In M. Howe, G.S. Goodman, and D. Cicchetti (Eds.), Trauma and memory development. Oxford University Press: New York, NY. 2008

Kalich, L., Carmichael, B.D., Masson, T., Blacker, D., Urquiza, A.J. Evaluating the evaluator: Guidelines for legal professionals in assessing the competency of evaluations in termination of parental rights cases. The Journal of Psychiatry and the Law, 2007: 35, 365-397.

Urquiza, A.J., Porter, A., Ceremello, T. Competence and certification of PCIT therapists. PCIT Pages, Winter, 2007.

Borrego, J., Anhalt, K., Terao, S.Y., Vargas E., Urquiza, A.J. Parent-child interaction therapy with a Spanish-speaking family. Cognitive Behavioral Practice 2006:13(2), 121-133.