Dr. Kazdin is Sterling Professor of Psychology and Professor of Child Psychiatry at Yale University and Director of the Yale Parenting Center, as well as the Innovative Interactions Lab. He was the 2008 President of the American Psychological Association and is the author of 49 books for professional-audiences on topics of parenting and child rearing, child psychotherapy, cognitive and behavioral treatments, and interpersonal violence. His work has been translated in several languages. A recent profile in the Yale Alumni Magazine says, “When your kids whines, hits, kicks, and bites–relax. Alan Kazdin can help you find your inner parent.”
Molly Crossman (Co-Director)
Molly Crossman is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Yale. Broadly, Molly is interested in novel methods of reducing the burden of mental illness for children and youth. She has a particular interest in the use of human- animal interaction and animal-assisted therapy to reduce psychological distress and improve mental health. Before coming to Yale in 2013, Molly graduated from Tufts University with a BA in child development and psychology.
Ava is a doctoral student in the clinical psychology program at Yale. She is interested in finding ways to reduce the gap between the emergence of psychological distress and the delivery of psychological services in young people’s lives. She focuses specifically on treatment disparities between ethnic groups, as well as on cultural influences on mental health literacy, mental illness stigma, and help-seeking. Ava received her BA in psychology and fine arts from the University of Southern California in 2011.
Angela recently graduated from the University of New Haven with a B.A. in Psychology, concentrating in Clinical/Counseling Psychology. In a general sense, Angela is interested in further studying the benefits of human-animal interactions on mental health and the benefits of using animal-assisted therapy to treat mental illness. In the future, she plans to pursue a PhD in the field of Psychology and continue contributing to the field of human-animal research.
Elizabeth is a junior at Yale College majoring in psychology. Her interests lie in the field of child clinical psychology with a particular interest in finding novel methods to reduce childhood anxiety. Post-graduation, Elizabeth plans to pursue a PhD in clinical psychology.
Hannah is a junior at Wesleyan University majoring in Psychology and minoring in Education. She plans to pursue her PhD in Clinical Psychology and eventually get involved in the field of education policy. During her time in the Innovative Interactions Lab, Hannah looks forward to exploring the benefits of animal-assisted therapy and children’s interactions with animals in order to identify potential ways in which the presence of animals could foster a better classroom setting and learning environment for children with behavioral challenges.
Abby is a junior at North Carolina State University majoring in Animal Science and Psychology. She is pre-vet and is interested in studying the efficacy of animal-assisted therapies, as well as the benefits of pets on overall mental well-being. Upon graduation, she plans to continue her education in Veterinary School to pursue her DVM.