VCU Psychology Department

Does forgiving others affect your meaning in life?

Relationships are a vital source of meaning in life. But conflicts are inevitable in every relationship. Might forgiving an offense by your partner increase or restore how meaningful you feel your life is? read more...


How can we track the psychosocial functioning of patients?

Understanding a patient’s psychological profile over time can aid in diagnosis, assessment, and treatment planning. What method can we use to track the psychosocial functioning of patients? read more...


How important are routines for our well-being?

William Blake suggested that we "Think in the morning, act in the noon, read in the evening, and sleep at night." How critical is the timing and regularly of our daily activities for our well-being? read more...


Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow

Professor (tenured)

Clinical Psychology

Associate Chair and Director of Graduate Studies

Co-Director, Anxiety Clinic

Associate Editor, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology and Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology


PhD (1997), Temple University

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia

Contact Information

Phone: 804-827-0585

Office: 806 W Franklin, rm 212


Web site: Dr. Southam-Gerow's web site

Twitter: @MikeSG_VCU

Research Interests

The Southam-Gerow lab is a busy and exciting place to work and learn. Our focus is the dissemination and implementation of mental health assessment and treatment interventions for children and families, with a strong emphasis on evidence-based approaches and community partnership research models. Currently, we are completing a large project funded by NIMH relatedto development of four measures of treatment integrity (adherence, therapist competence, and treatment differentiation). I work closely with Dr. Bryce McLeod on this project. We are developing some new projects related to treatment integrity. We also recently completed an initial set of pilot studies in collaboration with a mental health agency in Fairfax County, Virginia. We hope to move forward with some new projects there soon. We are also analyzing archival data from completed studies related to behavioral health care in pediatric primary care settings and emotion regulation in children.

Selected Publications

Southam-Gerow, M. A., McLeod, B. D., Arnold, C. A., Rodriguez, A., Cox, J. R., Reise, S. P., Bonifay, W. E., Weisz, J. R., & Kendall, P. C. (in press). Initial development of a treatment adherence measure for cognitive-behavioral therapy for child anxiety. Psychological Assessment.  DOI: 10.1037/pas0000141

Hourigan, S. E., Southam-Gerow, M. A., & Quinoy, A. M., (2015). Emotional and behavior problems in an urban pediatric primary care setting. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 46, 289-299.

Southam-Gerow, M. A., Daleiden, E. L., Chorpita, B. F., Bae, C. Mitchell, C., Faye, M., & Alba, M. (2014). MAPping Los Angeles County: Taking an evidence-informed model of mental health care to scale. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43, 190-200.

Rodriguez, A., Southam-Gerow, M. A., O’Connor, M. K., & Allin, R. B. (2014). An analysis of stakeholder views on children’s mental health services. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43, 862-876.

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

Recent Courses
Recent Grants

Development and Validation of Child Therapy Integrity Measures. Co-Principal Investigator. May 2010-February 2016. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). R01, R01MH086529, $1,125,000.

Development and Validation of Treatment Integrity Measures for Classroom-Based Interventions. Co-Investigator. 2014-2018. Institute for Educational Sciences (IES), Goal 5. R305A140487/ Direct costs: $1,599,923

Local quality assurance tool for family therapy in usual care for adolescent substance use. Co-Investigator. February 2015-January 2019. National Institute of Drug Abuse. R01. R01 DA037496. Direct costs: $1,645,806