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Research Team

Dr. Cheryl B. McNeil

Cheryl McNeil

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Books by Dr. McNeil

McNeil, C.B., & Hembree-Kigin, T. (2010). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Second Edition. New York: Springer.

McNeil, C.B., & Hembree-Kigin, T. (2013).  Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Second Edition.  Springer Publishers.  Korean Translation.

McNeil, C. B., Hembree-Kigin, T., & Eyberg, S. M. (1996).  Short-term play therapy for disruptive children.  King of Prussia, PA: Center for Applied Psychology.

Hembree-Kigin, T., & McNeil, C. B. (1995).  Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. New York: Plenum Publishers.

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PCIT Video by Dr. McNeil

In Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, Dr. McNeil demonstrates this approach to helping young children who present with behavior problems. This empirically-supported intervention focuses on improving the relationship between caregiver and child by teaching caregivers specific skills to develop a nurturing, secure bonds with their children. Caregivers also learn specific strategies for improving child compliance through consistent limit-setting.

In this session, Dr. McNeil works with a 45-year-old single mother of a 3-year-old girl who acts self-destructively when she does not get her way. Dr. McNeil watches the mother and daughter relate to each other and coaches the client through the use of an ear bug that allows her to guide the mother while she interacts with her daughter.

Current Students:

Nancy Wallace

Lauren Borduin Quetsch

Lauren Borduin Quetsch

Lauren is a fifth-year student in the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) lab under the direction of Cheryl B. McNeil, Ph.D. Before enrolling at WVU, Lauren attended Georgetown University where she was awarded her bachelor’s degree in Psychology. After graduating, Lauren worked for a year at Iowa State University’s Partnerships in Prevention Science Institute. Lauren has primary clinical and research interests in under-served families and children, the prevention of negative child behavior, and disseminating evidence-based family programs. Lauren enjoys running, hiking, camping, and playing with her dogs.

Corey Lieneman

Corey Lieneman

Corey is a second-year student in Dr. McNeil’s PCIT Lab. Corey graduated summa cum laude from the University of Nebraska – Lincoln with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She worked in the foster care system and case management before attending Villanova University in Philadelphia to earn her master’s degree in community counseling. Prior to coming to WVU, Corey worked as a therapist in private practice and as a stay-at-home mom. In her free time, Corey loves to spend time with her husband and two boys, Malachi (age 7) and Benny (age 4).


PCIT Laboratory Alumni:

PCIT Lab Alumni

Nancy Wallace, Ph.D.

Nancy is on a post-doctoral fellowship at Kennedy Krieger Institute in Baltimore, Maryland. Nancy has primary clinical and research interests in PCIT with children with disruptive behavior disorders, prevention of childhood behavior problems, and the dissemination of evidence-based parent training programs. Nancy enjoys swimming, cooking, volunteering and spending time with friends.

Amanda Costello, Ph.D.

Amanda Costello is a Postdoctoral Researcher, working Dr. Mary Dozier, with the Infant Caregiver Project at the University of Delaware. Amanda received her doctoral degree in clinical child psychology from WVU and completed her clinical internship training at the Medical University of South Carolina in August 2014. Her primary research interest lies in assessing variables related to the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments, with a particular focus on interventions to improve parent-child interactions and relationships in infancy, toddlerhood, and young childhood. She has a longstanding interest in implementing such interventions with children and families who are involved in the child welfare system.

Jocelyn Stokes, Ph.D.

Karishma Chengappa, Ph.D.

Laura Capage, Ph.D.

Alisa Bahl, Ph.D.

Amy Herschell, Ph.D.

Holly Filcheck, Ph.D.

Lisa Ware, Ph.D.

Yi-Chuen (“Vivian”) Chen, Ph.D.

Jennifer Tiano, Ph.D.

Kristine Rork, Ph.D.

Joshua Masse, Ph.D.

Kimberly Foley, Ph.D.

Stephanie Wagner, Ph.D.

Ashley Tempel, Ph.D.