VCU Psychology Department

Do physicians’ racial biases affect clinical decision making?

Research has demonstrated that automatic, and sometimes unconscious, racial bias can affect how we make decisions about others. But can it influence something as important as a medical decision? read more...


What affects parenting in high-risk communities?

We know that living in high-risk communities is stressful for parents and youth. How does stress, including exposure to violence, affect parents’ management of their adolescents? read more...


How can we predict future rates of tobacco use?

Longitudinal population-based surveys of tobacco use can depict current prevalence levels as well as transitions over time, but how can they be used to forecast those in the future? read more...


Can coping skills help the bereaved bend but not break?

How do college students cope when a loved one dies? Bereavement is difficult at any time in life, but is coping with bereavement different for college undergraduates? read more...

school lunch

Why are VCU researchers dumpster diving?

If school cafeterias force children to take fruits and vegetables on their lunch trays, will students eat them? Will they like them more over time when fruits and vegetables are served regularly? 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 and Journal of Consulting & Clinical 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

Rodriguez, A., Southam-Gerow, M. A., O’Connor, M. K., & Allin, R. B. (in press). Stakeholder views on children’s mental health services: Redressing the science-practice gap through stakeholder engagement. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology.

Southam-Gerow, M. A., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Evidence-based treatment updates: The evolution of the evaluation of psychological treatments for children & adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43, 1-6.

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.

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.