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Can people have a "relationship" with the natural world?

Human behavior is at the root of the rapid pace of climate change. What leads people to perceive greater interdependence with the environment? How does their commitment to the environment predict pro-environmental behavior? read more...


What increases emergency visits in children with asthma?

How are family/culturally-based beliefs about asthma, caregiver quality of life, and emergency department use associated in pediatric asthma? read more...


Can we train students' brains to work more effectively?

Direct cognitive training in a school setting represents an important innovation for developing the underlying thinking skills needed for educational success. Can we make computers better "trainers"? read more...


Can you strengthen your character in six hours?

Religious and secular self-help experts have long helped people build character strengths. But can people achieve as much—or even more!—benefit by working through six-hour workbooks at home? read more...


Dr. Michael Southam-Gerow

Professor (tenured)

Clinical Psychology

Director, Graduate Studies

Co-Director, Anxiety Clinic


PhD (1997), Temple University

Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia

Associate Editor, Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology

Contact Information

Phone: 804-827-0585

Office: 806 W Franklin, rm 212


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

Research Interests

The Southam-Gerow lab is a busy and exciting place to work and learn. Our focus is the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based mental health assessment and treatment interventions for children and families. Much of the work we do applies partnerships research models that involve intense collaboration with community agencies. Currently, we have one large project, a study funded by NIMH that involves development of four measures of treatment integrity (adherence, therapist competence, and treatment differentiation). Dr. Bryce McLeod and I are co-PIs for this project. We are also engaged in pilot studies in collaboration with a mental health agency in Fairfax County, Virginia. We are also analyzing data from recently completed studies related to behavioral health care in pediatric primary care settings and emotion regulation in children.

Selected Publications

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

Southam-Gerow, M. A., & Prinstein, M. J. (in press). Evidence-based treatment updates: The evolution of the evaluation of psychological treatments for children & adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.

Hourigan, S. E., Helms, S. W., Christon, L., & Southam-Gerow, M. A. (in press). Improving nutrition in toddlers with Cystic Fibrosis: Feasibility of a behavioral parent training intervention. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology.

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.

Southam-Gerow, M. A., Rodríguez, A., Chorpita, B. F., & Daleiden, E. (2012). Dissemination and implementation of evidence based treatments for youth: Challenges and recommendations. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 43, 527-534.

Recent Courses
Recent Grants

Development and Validation of Child Therapy Integrity Measures. Co-Principal Investigator. May 2010-February 2015. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). R01, R01MH086529, $1,125,000.

Diversity Supplement to Development and Validation of Child Therapy Integrity Measures. Co-Principal Investigator. Aug. 2011-February 2013. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). Diversity Supplement to R01, R01MH086529-S1, $145,842.

Adaptation of Evidence-Based Child Therapy in Context. Principal Investigator. April 2005-June 2010. National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH). K23, K23MH69421, $599,655.