Alan E Kazdin

John M Musser Prof Psychology

Departments & Organizations

Child Study Center: Edward Zigler Center in Child Development and Social Policy; NIMH Research Training Program in Childhood-onset Neuropsychiatric Disorders; Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training Program; Parenting Center & Child Conduct Clinic; Albert J. Solnit Integrated Training


Alan E. Kazdin is John M. Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry and Director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic, an outpatient treatment service for children and families. He received his Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University. Before coming to Yale, he was on the faculty of The Pennsylvania State University and the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine. At Yale, he has been Chairman of the Psychology Department, Director of the Yale Child Study Center at the School of Medicine, and Director of Child Psychiatric Services, Yale-New Haven Hospital. Dr. Kazdin’s honors include Research Scientist Career and MERIT Awards from the National Institute of Mental Health and the 2009 Award for Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology (American Psychological Association). His research focuses the treatment of oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behavior among children and adolescents. He has authored or edited over 650 articles and chapters, and books. His 45 books focus on child and adolescent psychotherapy, parenting, aggressive and antisocial behavior, and methodology and research design.

Selected Publication

  • Kazdin, A.E. (in press). Single-case research designs: Methods for clinical and applied settings (2nd ed.). New York: Oxford University Press. Weisz, J.R., & Kazdin, A.E. (Eds.) (in press). Evidence-based psychotherapies for children and adolescents (2nd ed.) New York: Guilford Press. Kazdin, A.E. (2009). Psychological science’s contributions to a sustainable environment: Extending our reach to a grand challenge of society. American Psychologist, 64, 339-356. Kazdin, A.E. with Rotella, C. (2008). The Kazdin Method for parenting the defiant child: With no pills, no therapy, no contest of wills. Boston: Houghton Mifflin. Kazdin, A.E. (2007). Mediators and mechanisms of change in psychotherapy research. In S. Nolen-Hoeksema, T.D. Cannon, & T. Widiger (Eds.), Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 3, 1-27. Kazdin, A.E., & Whitley, M.K. (2006). Comorbidity, case complexity, and effects of evidence-based treatment for children referred for disruptive behavior. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 74, 455-467.