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Outstanding Contribution to Science 2016 - Kennard
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Outstanding Contribution to Science

Betsy D. Kennard, Ph.D.

This award recognizes a psychologist who has made a significant contribution in the discovery and development of new information, empirical or otherwise, to the body of psychological knowledge. 

Dr.  Betsy Kennard has greatly contributed to the profession’s understanding of youth depression and suicidality. Dr. Kennard is currently a Professor in Psychiatry, the Director of Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) at the Pediatric Psychiatry Research Program at UT Southwestern and Children’s Medical Center, and the Program Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at UT Southwestern. She has expertise in pediatric depression and has served as a site co-investigator in three NIMH funded multi-site treatment studies of adolescent depression and suicide, and co-authored CBT treatment manuals for these three studies. She has developed a CBT sequential treatment strategy to prevent relapse in youth with depression, which was tested in two clinical trials with positive results. The treatment manual for this relapse prevention study has been published by Guilford Press: CBT for Depression in Children and Adolescents: A Guide to Relapse Prevention (Kennard, Hughes, and Foxwell, 2016). She has adapted this treatment to youth with HIV and Depression, which also was tested in a clinical trial with positive results. Currently she is the PI on a NIMH R34, “Brief Intervention for Suicide Risk Reduction in High Risk Adolescents;” in collaboration with U. of Pittsburgh, NIMH R34 MH100375-01. Her expertise in pediatric depression has earned her a national reputation in this area, and she wholeheartedly deserves the Outstanding Contribution to Science award.


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