Skip to main content

Research Team

Dr. Cheryl B. McNeil

Cheryl McNeil

Check out Dr. McNeil’s Curriculum Vita for her complete education, employment, and research background.

Books by Dr. McNeil

Girard, E.I., Wallace, N.M., Kohlhoff, J., Morgan, S., & McNeil, C.B. (in press). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with toddlers: Improving attachment and emotion regulation. New York: Springer.

McNeil, C.B., Quetsch, L.B., & Anderson, C.M. (Eds.). (in press). Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for children on the autism spectrum. 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. (2010). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Second Edition. New York: Springer.

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.

Click to view book on Amazon.com

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:


Lauren Borduin Quetsch

Lauren Borduin Quetsch

 Lauren is currently completing her pre-doctoral internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. 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 third-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. Corey’s has clinical and research interests in parent-training, disruptive behaviors in young children, autism spectrum disorders, emotion regulation, and attachment.  In her free time, Corey loves to spend time with her husband and two boys, Malachi (age 8) and Benny (age 5).


 Christopher Owen

Chris Owens

 Chris is a first-year student in the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) lab under the direction of Dr. Cheryl McNeil. Prior to enrolling at WVU, he graduated from the University of Pittsburgh with a B.S. in Psychology and Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s studies. After graduating, Chris gained additional experience working as a research specialist and research coordinator. As a research specialist, he worked with Dr. Amy Herschell on a statewide implementation trial of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Across Pennsylvania at the University of Pittsburgh Medical Center. More recently, he began working as a research coordinator with Dr. Cheryl McNeil and Dr. Daniel McNeil on a grant investigating provider-patient-caregiver interactions in pediatric dentistry at West Virginia University. Broadly speaking, Chris’ clinical and research interests are in (1) autism spectrum disorder, (2) dissemination and implementation science, and (3) treatment outcomes research. In his free time, Chris fuels his passion for evidence-based treatments and implementation science by cycling and grabbing brunch with friends. 



PCIT Laboratory Alumni:

PCIT Lab Alumni

Nancy Wallace, Ph.D.

Amanda Costello, Ph.D.

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.