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Research Team

Dr. Cheryl B. McNeil

Cheryl McNeil

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


Dr. Cheryl McNeil



In 2019, Dr. McNeil received the Faculty Award for Distinction in Mentoring Undergraduates in Research from West Virginia University's Office of the Provost. 



Books by Dr. McNeil

Cheryl McNeil



McNeil, C.B., Quetsch, L.B., & Anderson, C.M. (Eds.). (2019). Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for children on the autism spectrum. New York:  Springer.

Girard, E.I., Wallace, N.M., Kohlhoff, J., Morgan, S., & McNeil, C.B. (2018). Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with toddlers: Improving attachment and emotion regulation. 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.

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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:


Corey Lieneman

Corey LienemanCorey is a fourth-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 9) and Benny (age 6).



 Christopher Owen

Chris Owens

Chris is a second-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. 


Robin Choi Han

Choi Han

 Robin is a first-year student in Dr. McNeil’s Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Lab.  She graduated from the University of Pennsylvania with a double major in Psychology and Communications and a minor in Hispanic Studies.  After college, she spent 6 years at DC Public Schools in the early childhood special education sector and completed her master’s degree in Urban Education at Johns Hopkins University.  Her experiences working with young children, particularly those with significant externalizing behaviors, compelled her to return to graduate school in hopes of studying these behaviors and evidence-based treatments used to address such behaviors.  Prior to her start at WVU, Robin worked as a graduate research assistant in the Culture, Child and Adolescent Development Lab at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County.  Her clinical and research interests include early childhood disruptive behaviors, parenting interventions, and dissemination of these interventions to high-needs and/or minority communities.  When she isn’t knee-deep in schoolwork, Robin enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching documentary films, and eating ice cream straight from the pint.  


PCIT Laboratory Alumni:

PCIT Lab Alumni

Lauren Borduin Quetsch, Ph.D.

Lauren obtained her PhD from West Virginia University in August of 2019. She is currently serving as an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas in the Department of Psychological Science. Her research focuses on implementation and dissemination of evidence-based treatments including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy. Lauren completed 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. 

Nancy Wallace, Ph.D.

Amanda Costello, Ph.D.

Jocelyn Stokes, Ph.D.

Karishma Chengappa, Ph.D.

Holly Filcheck, Ph.D.

Lisa Ware, Ph.D.

Yi-Chuen (“Vivian”) Chen, Ph.D.

Kristine Rork, Ph.D.

Ashley Tempel Scudder, Ph.D.

Joshua Masse, Ph.D.

Kimberly Foley, Ph.D.

Stephanie Wagner, Ph.D.

Amy Herschell, Ph.D.

Jennifer Tiano, Ph.D.

Alisa Bahl, Ph.D.

Laura Capage, Ph.D.