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Cheryl McNeil, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical Child Psychology

Dr. McNeil will be reviewing applications for Fall 2021 doctoral admissions. Those interested in applying are encouraged to visit the WVU PCIT Lab website to learn more.

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Dr. Cheryl McNeil received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology (child specialization) at the University of Florida in Gainesville and completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She received an M.S. in clinical psychology at the University of Florida and a B.S. in psychology at Louisiana State University in Baton Rouge. Dr. McNeil is a licensed psychologist in the state of West Virginia. 

Research Interests

Dr. McNeil has extensive clinical and research experience in childhood disruptive behavior problems and parent-child interactions. She has research interests in disruptive behavior disorders of children, assessment methods for behavior problems among children, and treatment outcomes, particularly treatment outcomes of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT). Currently, she is one of only 21 PCIT International Certified Global Trainers in the world and is an internationally renowned authority on PCIT. 

She has published several books and over 100 peer-reviewed book chapters and articles. Additionally, she has published instructional videos related to PCIT and children with oppositional behaviors, as well as treatment programs that can be implemented in classroom environments. 

She has served as a principal investigator and consultant on a number of grants.


  • Psychology 382 – Exceptional Children
  • Psychology 607 – Ethical & Legal Issues in Psychology
  • Psychology 670 – Clinical Child Psychology Practicum
  • Psychology 671 – Child Behavior Therapy