Melissa L. Whitson PhD

Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychiatry


Research Summary

Research program has two main foci involving low-income children and families: 1) Mental health risk and protective factors, and 2) Effectiveness of mental health services.


Selected Publications

  • Whitson, M.L., Connell, C.M., Bernard, S., & Kaufman, J.S. (in press). An examination of exposure to traumatic events and symptoms and strengths for children served in a behavioral health system of care. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. DOI: 10.1177/1063426610380596
  • Whitson, M. L., Martinez, A., Ayala, C., & Kaufman, J. S. (2011). Predictors of parenting and infant outcomes for impoverished teen parents. Journal of Family Social Work, 14, 284-297.
  • Whitson, M.L., Bernard, S., Connell, C.M., & Kaufman, J.S. (2011). The Impact of youth and family risk factors on services recommendation and delivery in a school-based system of care. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 38(2), 146-158. DOI: 10.1007/s11414-009-9208-9. PMID: 20165927
  • Crusto, C.A., Whitson, M.L., Walling, S. N., Feinn, R., Friedman, S., Reynolds, J., Amer, M., & Kaufman, J. S. (2010). Posttraumatic stress among young urban children exposed to family violence and other potentially traumatic events. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 23, .
  • Whitson, M.L., Bernard, S., & Kaufman, J.S. (2009). Systems of care and the prevention of mental health problems for children and their families: Integrating counseling psychology and public health perspectives. Prevention in Counseling Psychology: Theory, Research, Practice and Training, 3,3-9. PMCID: 3004362.

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