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  • Lea Theodore PhD

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This comprehensive handbook for evidence-based mental health and learning interventions with children and adolescents is distinguished by its explicit yet concise guidance on implementation in practice. With a compendium of proven strategies for resolving more than 40 of the most pressing and prevalent issues facing young people, the book provides immediate guidance and uniform step-by-step instructions for resolving issues ranging from psychopathological disorders to academic problems. Busy academics, practitioners, and trainees in schools and outpatient clinical settings will find this resource to be an invaluable desktop reference for facilitating well-informed decision making.

Unlike other volumes that ignore or merely reference the evidence base of various interventions, this book focuses on providing immediate, empirically supported guidance for putting these strategies into direct practice. Issues covered include crisis interventions and response, social and emotional issues, academic/learning issues, psychopathological disorders, neuropsychological disorders, and the behavioral management of childhood health issues. Each chapter follows a consistent format including a brief description of the problem and associated characteristics, etiology and contributing factors, and three evidence-based, step-by-step sets of instructions for implementation. Additionally, each chapter provides several websites offering further information about the topic. Featuring contributions from leading scholars and practitioners on each issue covered, this book will be a valuable resource for school and child clinical psychologists, counselors, social workers, and therapists as well as other health and mental health professionals whose primary practice is with children and adolescents.


  • Demonstrates step-by-step, evidence-based interventions for more than 40 common childhood issues
  • Provides treatment procedures that can be immediately put into practice
  • Covers a wide range of mental health and academic/learning issues for children and adolescents
  • Relevance for both school-based and clinically based practice
  • Includes contributions by noted experts in the field

Product Details 

  • Publication Date July 20, 2016
  • Page Count 536
  • Product Form Paperback / softback
  • ISBN 13 9780826127945

About The Author(s) 

Lea A. Theodore, PhD is a Psychologist Licensed by the Board of Psychology in New York and Virginia. She is a Full Professor in the Graduate Program in School Psychology Program at the College of William and Mary. She has worked in private practice and consults in public and private schools, hospital, and behavioral health centers. Since receiving her doctorate from the University of Connecticut in 2002, she has published or has in press approximately 70 refereed articles and chapters, and has conducted numerous invited and peer-reviewed presentations at national conferences. Dr. Theodore received the Early Career Alumni Award from the University of Connecticut in 2009, in part because of her national ranking as one of the top 20 most productive authors in school psychology. She was Associate Editor for School Psychology Quarterly (2007–2012), one of the top-tier journals in the field, and currently sits on the editorial boards of several national and international educational and psychological journals where she provides professional reviews of manuscripts. Her scholarship and her practice focus on promoting science, practice, and policy relevant to psychology and education. Dr. Theodore's research, in particular, focuses on the development of effective and efficient intervention strategies to improve students' academic and behavioral functioning, which is critically important to the field.

Dr. Theodore is active in Division 16 (School Psychology) of the American Psychological Association (APA), for which she has served as Division co-chair and chair of the APA Annual Conference Hospitality Suite, co-chair and chair of the Division's Annual Convention program, and as a member of the Conversation/Videotape Series committee. Dr. Theodore extended her contributions to APA in nationally elected positions, including Vice-President of Division 16 Membership (2006–2008), Vice President of Professional Affairs (2009–2011), and is currently the President of the Division of School Psychology, additionally serving on the Division's Executive Committee. Further, Dr. Theodore served as the APA Representative to the Public Interest (PI) Directorate Network and was invited to serve as the Division's representative to co-write the 2012 School Psychology Petition to the Commission for the Recognition of Specialties in Professional Psychology (CRSPP) within the APA. As an advocate for mental health services, Dr. Theodore lobbied legislators on Capitol Hill for the passage of the Mental Health Parity Act in 2008, and most recently, the Mental Health Reform Act (S. 1945) and Helping Families in Crisis Act (H.R. 2646) in November, 2015. She has received several Outstanding Service awards and recognitions from the American Psychological Association for her vast contributions.

Table of Contents 



Foreword Thomas R. Kratochwill, PhD




1. Treatment Integrity: Evidence-Based Interventions in Applied Settings

Lisa M. Hagermoser Sanetti and Melissa A. Collier-Meek


2. Evidence-Based Interventions for Comprehensive School Crises

Melissa A. Louvar Reeves and Benjamin S. Fernandez

3. Evidence-Based Interventions to Support Youth Following Natural Disasters: Evidence-Based Principles and Practices

Shane R. Jimerson, Jacqueline A. Brown, and Tyler L. Renshaw

4. Evidence-Based Interventions for School Violence

Lindsey M. O'Brennan and Michael James Furlong

5. Evidence-Based Interventions for Suicidal Behavior in Children and Adolescents

David N. Miller and James J. Mazza

6. Evidence-Based Interventions for Childhood Grief in Children and Adolescents

Melissa J. Hagan, Alexandra M. Ingram, and Sharlene A. Wolchik


7. Evidence-Based Interventions for Reading Disabilities in Children and Adolescents

Douglas Fuchs, Kristen L. McMaster, and Devin M. Kearns

8. Evidence-Based Interventions for Math Disabilities in Children and Adolescents

Kathryn E. Jaspers, Daniel F. McCleary, Lisa N. McCleary, and Christopher H. Skinner

9. Evidence-Based Interventions for Written-Language Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Merilee McCurdy, Jill Holtz, and Julia V. Roehling

10. Evidence-Based Interventions for Homework Compliance in Children and Adolescents

Lea A. Theodore, Bruce A. Bracken, Melissa M. Root, Melissa A. Bray, and Thomas J. Kehle

11. Evidence-Based Interventions for Working With Culturally Diverse Children and Families

Margaret R. Rogers and Elisabeth C. O'Bryon


A. Externalizing Disorders

12. Evidence-Based Interventions for Anger and Aggression in Children and Adolescents

Tracy Evian Waasdorp, W. John Monopoli, Danielle Centeno, and Stephen S. Leff

13. Evidence-Based Interventions for Bullying Among Children and Adolescents

Susan M. Swearer, Scott M. Fluke, Sara E. Gonzalez, and Zachary R. Myers

14. Evidence-Based Interventions for Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder in Children and Adolescents

George J. DuPaul, Georgia D. Belk, and Kristina Puzino

15. Evidence-Based Interventions for Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Jeffrey D. Burke and Rolf Loeber

16. Evidence-Based Interventions for Conduct Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Debra Hyatt-Burkhart, Jered B. Kolbert, and Laura M. Crothers

17. Evidence-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents With Emotional and Behavioral Disorders

Tammy L. Hughes, Michael E. Tansy, and Corrine Fallon

B. Internalizing Disorders: Anxiety Related

18. Evidence-Based Interventions for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Sophia Zavrou, Brittany M. Rudy, and Eric A. Storch

19. Evidence-Based Interventions for Social Anxiety Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Jeremy S. Peterman, Nina D. Shiffrin, Erika A. Crawford, Elana R. Kagan, Kendra L. Read, and Philip C. Kendall

20. Evidence-Based Interventions for Selective Mutism for Children and Adolescents

Thomas J. Kehle, Marisa A. del Campo, Melissa M. Root, Melissa A. Bray, Lea A. Theodore, and Bruce A. Bracken

21. Evidence-Based Interventions for Separation Anxiety Disorder in Children and Adolescents

John S. Carlson and Allison Siroky

22. Evidence-Based Interventions for Specific Phobias in Children and Adolescents

Maria G. Fraire, Thorhildur Halldorsdottir, and Thomas H. Ollendick

23. Evidence-Based Interventions for School Refusal Behavior in Children and Adolescents

Christopher A. Kearney and Kyleigh K. Sheldon

C. Internalizing Disorders: Depressive Related

24. Evidence-Based Interventions for Major Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Kevin D. Stark, Leah A. Wang, and Kelly N. Banneyer

25. Evidence-Based Interventions for Persistent Depressive Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Ralph E. Cash, Sarah Valley-Gray, Shannon Worton, and Alyssa Newman

26. Evidence-Based Interventions for Pediatric Bipolar Disorder

Molly R. Meers and Mary A. Fristad

27. Evidence-Based Interventions for Posttraumatic Stress Disorder in Children and Adolescents

Laurie J. Zandberg, Sandy Capaldi, and Edna B. Foa


28. Evidence-Based Interventions for Stress in Children and Adolescents

Robyn S. Hess, Casey R. Shannon, and Ronald P. Glazier

29. Evidence-Based Interventions for Children and Adolescents of Divorced Parents

John E. Desrochers

30. Evidence-Based Interventions for Social Skill Deficits in Children and Adolescents

Frank M. Gresham

31. Evidence-Based Interventions for Self-Concept in Children and Adolescents

Bruce A. Bracken

32. Evidence-Based Interventions for Promoting Subjective Well-Being in Children and Adolescents

Aileen Fullchange, Michael James Furlong, Rich Gilman, and E. Scott Huebner


33. Evidence-Based Interventions for Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Catherine Cook-Cottone and Rebecca K. Vujnovic

34. Evidence-Based Interventions for Childhood Obesity

Lisa Ranzenhofer, Mary Beth McCullough, and Elissa Jelalian

35. Evidence-Based Interventions for Tourette's and Other Chronic Tic Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Audrey Smerbeck

36. Evidence-Based Interventions for Elimination Disorders in Children and Adolescents: Enuresis and Encopresis

Gretchen Gimpel Peacock, Trisha Chase, and Kerry K. Prout

37. Evidence-Based Interventions for Asthma in Children and Adolescents

Melissa A. Bray, Thomas J. Kehle, Melissa M. Root, Kari A. Sassu, Lea A. Theodore, and Bruce A. Bracken


38. Neuropsychological Development and Considerations for Prevention

Andrew S. Davis and Adele A. Larsson

39. Evidence-Based Interventions for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Children and Adolescents

Frank J. Sansosti and Mary Lynn Doolan

40. Evidence-Based Interventions for Traumatic Brain Injuries and Concussions in Children and Adolescents

Margaret Semrud-Clikeman, Theresa L. LaFavor, and Amy C. Gross


Editorial Review(s) 

""Rather, the Handbook is an accessible read that clinicians who work with children will welcome into their professional libraries as a reference tool. Therapists will use it as a quick and effective resource for familiarizing themselves with a broad array of issues and for verifying whether the interventions that they choose have received empirical support. The authors’ guidance will remind clinicians to implement all aspects of treatment protocols to increase their fidelity to evidence-based approaches. Moreover, it will prompt those who are less acquainted with a particular intervention to widen their skill set to increase their effectiveness."

  • Steven A. Meyers, PsycCRITIQUES