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Alan Kazdin, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry
Yale University


Dr. Kazdin is the John M. Musser Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry and the Director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic. He conducts research on child rearing, parenting, and treatment of oppositional, aggressive, and antisocial behavior in children and adolescents. He has developed and investigated evidence-based psychotherapies that improve child functioning at home, at school, and in the community. He has authored over 600 chapters and articles and 45 books for professionals in addition to a recent book for parents, The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills.

Dr. Kazdin received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Northwestern University. He currently teaches and conducts research. In addition, he directs a service at the Yale Parenting Center and Conduct Clinic that helps families with “normal” challenges of parenting as well as severe forms of aggressive and antisocial behavior.

Awards and Credentials

  1. MERIT Award, National Institute of Mental Health
  2. Past President of the American Psychological Association
  3. Lifetime Contribution Award to Psychology from the American Psychological Association
  4. Distinguished Service Award to the Profession of Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

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Recommended Reading List

  • The Kazdin Method for Parenting the Defiant Child: With No Pills, No Therapy, No Contest of Wills. Kazdin, A. (2008). Houghton-Mifflin.
  • Parent Management Training: Treatment for Oppositional, Aggressive, and Antisocial Behavior in Children and Adolescents. Kazdin, A. (2005). Oxford.
  • Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: Directions for Research and Practice. Kazdin, A. (2000). Oxford.

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