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Alan E Kazdin

Sterling Professor Emeritus of Psychology

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Alan E Kazdin

Mailing Address

  • Department of Psychology

    2 Hillhouse Avenue

    New Haven, CT 06520-8205

    United States



Alan E. Kazdin. PhD, ABPP, is Sterling Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry (Emeritus). 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 Director of the Yale Parenting Center, Chairman of the Psychology Department, Director and Chairman of the Yale Child Study Center at the School of Medicine, and Director of Child Psychiatric Services at Yale-New Haven Hospital.

Kazdin’s research has focused primarily on the treatment of aggressive and antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. His 800+ publications include 50 books that focus on methodology and research design, interventions for children and adolescents, behavioral and cognitive-behavioral treatment, parenting and child rearing, and interpersonal violence. His work on parenting and childrearing has been featured on NPR, PBS, BBC, and CNN and he has appeared on the Today Show, Good Morning America, ABC News, 20/20, and Dr. Phil. As part of his work on parenting, he has developed a free, Coursera-Yale, online course to help parents with the routine challenges of child rearing

Kazdin has been editor of six professional journals (Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,Psychological Assessment,Behavior Therapy,Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice Current Directions in PsychologicalScience, and Clinical Psychological Science). He has received a number of awards including the Outstanding Research Contribution by an Individual Award and Lifetime Achievement Award (Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies), Outstanding Lifetime Contributions to Psychology Award and Distinguished Scientific Award for the Applications of Psychology (American Psychological Association), the James McKeen Cattell Award (Association for Psychological Science), and the Gold Medal Award for Life Achievement in the Science of Psychology (American Psychological Foundation). In 2008, he was president of the American Psychological Association.

He retired in 2018 to work in new areas of research. His focus is now on world mental health and ways of delivering interventions for mental disorders that can be scaled to reach the vast majority of people in need of mental heal services who receive no care at all.

Honors & Recognition

AwardAwarding OrganizationDate
Doctor Honoris CausaAutónoma Universidad del Perú2019
1990 Master of Arts, Yale University1989

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