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Cheryl McNeil, Ph.D.

Professor, Clinical Child Psychology

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Dr. Cheryl McNeil received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology (child specialization) at the University of Florida in Gainesville in 1989. She also completed a pre-doctoral internship at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, and 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.

Dr. Cheryl McNeil is on sabbatical for the 2017 to 2018 academic year. It is unlikely that she will be reviewing new applications for Fall 2018 doctoral admissions or participating fully in interview weekend. Applicants interested in Dr. McNeil's lab are urged to consider other possible mentors within the clinical child program at WVU. Thank you.

Research Interests

Dr. McNeil has extensive clinical and research experience related to 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 15 certified PCIT Master Trainers in the world, and is a nationally-renowned authority on PCIT. 

She has published several books and approximately 100 peer reviewed 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