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mcleod

Dr. Bryce McLeod

Associate Professor (tenured)

Clinical Psychology

 

PhD (2004), University of California, Los Angeles

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia

Associate Editor, Behavior Therapy

Contact Information

Phone: 804-827-5230

Office: 806 W Franklin, rm 306

E-mail: bmcleod@vcu.edu

Web site: Research Lab

Research Interests

The McLeod lab is engaged in research projects designed to promote understanding of how interventions reduce dysfunction and promote mental health in youth and inform efforts to improve the quality of mental health care in community settings. At present, the lab's main research efforts are focused on therapy process research. The goal of our therapy process research is to understand what clinicians and teachers do in the interventions they carry out with youths and to assess which therapy processes (e.g., interventions, alliance) are related to youth outcomes. The ongoing research projects provide opportunities for graduate and undergraduate students to learn about and participate in research focused upon improving the quality of mental health care for youth and their families. As a mentor, I am dedicated to training graduate students to become the next generation of applied researchers focused upon improving mental health services for youth and their families in community settings.

In collaboration with Dr. Kevin S. Sutherland (VCU School of Education) we recently received funding from the Institute of Education Sciences to develop observational and teacher-report measures designed to assess the components of treatment integrity – treatment adherence, treatment differentiation, and competence – for evidence-based programs delivered by teachers in early childhood classrooms. After evaluating the psychometric properties of the measures we plan to assess the research applications of the measures (e.g., relation to outcomes).

The lab is also engaged in a research Project funded by NIMH. The project, conducted in collaboration with Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow (VCU Department of Psychology), focuses on the development and evaluation of a suite of observational measures designed to assess the core components of treatment integrity – treatment adherence, treatment differentiation and therapist competence – for cognitive behavioral therapy for youth anxiety. We are currently assessing the research applications of the measures (e.g., relation to outcomes). Longer term, we plan to use the integrity measures to (a) refine and optimize the effectiveness of CBT, (b) evaluate the success of CBT clinician training efforts, and (c) develop less time- and cost-intensive integrity measures.

Selected Publications

McLeod, B. D., Southam-Gerow, M. A., Bair, C. E., Rodriguez, A., & Smith, M. M. (2013). Making a case for treatment integrity as a psychological treatment quality indicator. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 20(1), 14-32.

Langer, D. A., McLeod, B. D., & Weisz, J. R. (2011). Do treatment manuals undermine youth-therapist alliance in community clinical practice? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 427-432.

McLeod, B. D. (2011). The relation of the alliance with outcomes in youth psychotherapy: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 31, 603-616.

McLeod, B. D., & Weisz, J. R. (2010). The Therapy Process Observational Coding System for Child Psychotherapy Strategies scale. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 436-443.

McLeod, B. D., & Weisz, J. R. (2005). The Therapy Process Observational Coding System Alliance scale: Measure characteristics and prediction of outcome in usual clinical practice. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 323-333.

Recent Courses
Recent Grants

BEST in CLASS-Elementary: A Preventative Classroom-based Intervention Model. Co-Investigator (Co-Principal Investigators, Sutherland & Conroy). July 2015 – June 2018. Institute for Education Sciences (IES). R305A150246, $1,461,562.

Local Quality Assurance Tool for Family Therapy in Usual Care for ASU. Co-Investigator (Principal Investigator, Hogue). February 2015 – January 2019. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). DA037496, $1,645,806.

Development and Validation of Treatment Integrity Measures for Classroom-Based Interventions. Principal Investigator (PIs McLeod, Sutherland). September 2014-August 2018. Institute for Education Sciences (IES). R305A140487, $1,599,923.

Establishing the Validity of the TPOCS-RS Family Subscale. Principal Investigator. July 2014-June 2015. VCU Mini-PRIP. $5,000.

Development and Validation of Child Therapy Integrity Measures. Principal Investigator (PIs McLeod, Southam-Gerow). May 2010-February 2015. National Institute of Mental Health. RO1 MH086529, $1,597,425.

National Institute of Mental Health Diversity Supplement. Principal Investigator (PIs McLeod, Southam-Gerow). August 2011-February 2014. National Institute of Mental Health. RO1 MH086529, $148,400.

Development and Validation of Treatment Integrity Measures for School-based Interventions. Principal Investigator (PIs McLeod, Sutherland). July 2010-December 2011. VCU Presidential Research Incentive Program. $47,411.

Awards