Cheryl B McNeil

Cheryl B McNeil, Ph.D.

Professor

Department: MD-PSYCHIATRY
Business Phone: (352) 265-9173
Business Email: cheryl.mcneil@ufl.edu

About Cheryl B McNeil

Dr. McNeil obtained her Ph.D. in the Department of Clinical and Health Psychology at UF in 1989 and is excited to be conducting research at her alma mater. Her academic interests are focused on program development and evaluation, specifically with regard to managing the disruptive behaviors of young children in both the home and school settings. Dr. McNeil has co-authored many books (e.g., Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Second Edition, PCIT-Toddler, Time-out in Child Behavior Management, Handbook of PCIT for Children with ASD, Short-Term Play Therapy for Disruptive Children), a continuing education package (Working with Oppositional Defiant Disorder in Children), a classroom management program (The Tough Class Discipline Kit), and a Psychotherapy DVD for the American Psychological Association (Parent-Child Interaction Therapy).

She has a line of research studies examining the efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Teacher Child Interaction Training across a variety of settings and populations, including over 150 research articles and chapters related to the importance of intervening early with young children displaying a range of mental health concerns. Dr. McNeil is a Global Trainer for PCIT International and has disseminated PCIT to agencies and therapists in many states and countries, including Norway, New Zealand, Australia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, and South Korea. Dr. McNeil’s hobbies include fishing, tennis, travel, and swimming.

Dr. McNeil works in PCIT and related approaches, provides training and consultation services at Springhill II, and teaches Psychology Postdoctoral Fellows, MHC interns, and Psychology Graduate students while promoting the research, educational and clinical mission of the Department of Psychiatry.

Accomplishments

Benedum Distinguished Scholar Award, Behavioral and Social Sciences
2021 · West Virginia University
Research MVP Award, COVID-19 Related Research
2021 · Office of the Provost, West Virginia University
Outstanding Researcher Award
2020 · West Virigina University Eberly College of Arts and Sciences
Distinction in Mentoring Undergraduates in Research
2019 · West Virginia University
Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award
2019 · American Pscyhological Association
Fellow Status
2016 · Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
Outstanding Service Award
2016 · McNair Scholars Program, West Virigina University
Eberly Family Distinguished Professor for Outstanding Teaching
2015 · West Virginia University
Outstanding Researcher Award
2015 · Department of Psychology, West Virginia University

Clinical Profile

Specialties
  • Psychology

Research Profile

Open Researcher and Contributor ID (ORCID)

0000-0001-6588-1230

Publications

2024
Community-based Agency Delivery of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Comparing Outcomes for Children with and Without Autism Spectrum Disorder and/or Developmental Delays.
Journal of autism and developmental disorders. 54(1):33-45 [DOI] 10.1007/s10803-022-05755-0. [PMID] 36323995.
2024
The Efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) for Youth with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD): A Meta-Analysis.
Child psychiatry and human development. [DOI] 10.1007/s10578-024-01678-2. [PMID] 38441815.
2024
Treatment Engagement and Outcomes in Parent–Child Interaction Therapy with Mothers with a History of ADHD: A Case Series
Journal of Indian Association for Child and Adolescent Mental Health. [DOI] 10.1177/09731342241240656.
2023
Applying the Theoretical Domains Framework to Develop an Intervention to ‘Re-implement’ Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT).
Administration and policy in mental health. 50(6):976-998 [DOI] 10.1007/s10488-023-01298-3. [PMID] 37691065.
2023
Case report: Co-occurring autism spectrum disorder (Level One) and obsessive-compulsive disorder in a gender-diverse adolescent.
Frontiers in psychiatry. 14 [DOI] 10.3389/fpsyt.2023.1072645. [PMID] 37260756.
2023
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Preschoolers With Behavior Problems
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 62(10) [DOI] 10.1016/j.jaac.2023.07.967.
2023
Scientific collaborations and research trends in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: a bibliometric analysis.
Frontiers in psychology. 14 [DOI] 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1167937. [PMID] 37251036.
2022
An Effectiveness Trial of PCIT for Children with and without Autism Spectrum Disorder in a Private Practice Setting
Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 7(1):125-141 [DOI] 10.1080/23794925.2021.1993109.
2022
Attachment-Based Parenting Interventions and Evidence of Changes in Toddler Attachment Patterns: An Overview
Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. [DOI] 10.1007/s10567-022-00405-4.
2022
PARENT-CHILD INTERACTION THERAPY (PCIT) FOR ASD AND PCIT-T FOR TODDLERS: KNOW-HOW OF IMPORTANT THERAPY ADAPTATIONS FOR PRESSING MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES
Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry. 61(10) [DOI] 10.1016/j.jaac.2022.07.774.
2022
The Dissemination of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy in West Virginia during the Opioid Epidemic and COVID-19 Pandemic: A Qualitative Study.
International journal of environmental research and public health. 19(22) [DOI] 10.3390/ijerph192215085. [PMID] 36429803.
2022
Time-Out in Child Behavior Management
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2021
Evidence-based treatment delivery in nontraditional settings: Comparing treatment dropout, barriers, and attitudes in a mobile unit versus an outpatient clinic.
Families, Systems, & Health. 39(4):588-598 [DOI] 10.1037/fsh0000639.
2021
Hybrid Implementation Effectiveness Trial: Home-based Intensive Family Coaching to Improve Outcomes for Medicaid-enrolled Preschoolers
Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 6(2):246-261 [DOI] 10.1080/23794925.2021.1908191.
2021
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Adapted for Older Children: A Research Development Manual
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2021
Parenting Practices and Acceptability of Behavioral Parent Training in American Indians and European Americans
the Behavior Therapist. April:171-180
2020
A Comparison of Child Abuse Potential Inventory and Parenting Stress Index with Families in the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Treatment as Usual Groups
Child & Family Behavior Therapy. 42(3):169-185 [DOI] 10.1080/07317107.2020.1782005.
2020
A randomized controlled trial comparing parent child interaction therapy – toddler, circle of security– parenting™ and waitlist controls in the treatment of disruptive behaviors for children aged 14–24 months: study protocol
BMC Psychology. 8(1) [DOI] 10.1186/s40359-020-00457-7. [PMID] 32867832.
2020
Emotion Regulation and Attrition in Parent–Child Interaction Therapy
Journal of Child and Family Studies. 29(4):978-996 [DOI] 10.1007/s10826-019-01674-4.
2020
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children with Autism Spectrum Disorder: Research, Training, and Clinical Considerations
The Open Family Studies Journal. 12(1):27-33 [DOI] 10.2174/1874922402012010027.
2020
Parent–Child Interaction Therapy: Findings from an exploratory qualitative study with practitioners and foster parents
Qualitative Social Work. [DOI] 10.1177/1473325020917722.
2020
The impact of incentives on treatment adherence and attrition: A randomized controlled trial of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with a primarily Latinx, low-income population
Children and Youth Services Review. 112 [DOI] 10.1016/j.childyouth.2020.104886.
2020
Translating and Implementing Evidence-Based Mental Health Services in Child Welfare
Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research. 47(5):693-704 [DOI] 10.1007/s10488-020-01011-8.
2020
“Fostering” Effective Foster Parent Training Programs : Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Adaptations for the Child Welfare Setting
The Open Family Studies Journal. 12(1):10-17 [DOI] 10.2174/1874922402012010010.
2019
<p>Reconceptualizing attrition in Parent–Child Interaction Therapy: “dropouts” demonstrate impressive improvements</p>
Psychology Research and Behavior Management. Volume 12:543-555 [DOI] 10.2147/prbm.s207370.
2019
Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum
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2018
Effectiveness of Community-Delivered Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Compared to Usual Care
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 40(4):279-305 [DOI] 10.1080/07317107.2018.1522232.
2018
Emotion Regulation in Families of Children with Behavior Problems and Nonclinical Comparisons
Journal of Child and Family Studies. 27(8):2467-2480 [DOI] 10.1007/s10826-018-1081-9.
2018
Examining factors associated with elevated Lie Scale responding on the Child Abuse Potential Inventory
Child Abuse &amp; Neglect. 76:56-64 [DOI] 10.1016/j.chiabu.2017.10.009.
2018
Infusing parent-child interaction therapy principles into community-based wraparound services: An evaluation of feasibility, child behavior problems, and staff sense of competence
Children and Youth Services Review. 88:567-581 [DOI] 10.1016/j.childyouth.2018.04.007.
2018
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Toddlers Improving Attachment and Emotion Regulation
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2017
Efficacy of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Parents with Intellectual Disability
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 39(4):253-282 [DOI] 10.1080/07317107.2017.1375680.
2017
Parent&ndash;Child Interaction Therapy: current perspectives
Psychology Research and Behavior Management. Volume 10:239-256 [DOI] 10.2147/prbm.s91200.
2017
Parent–Child Interaction Therapy With an Eight-Year-Old Child: A Case Study
Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health. 2(1):1-11 [DOI] 10.1080/23794925.2016.1268938.
2017
Training community-based clinicians in parent-child interaction therapy: The interaction between expert consultation and caseload.
Professional Psychology: Research and Practice. 48(6):481-489 [DOI] 10.1037/pro0000149. [PMID] 34955593.
2016
Adapting Parent–Child Interaction Therapy to Foster Care
Research on Social Work Practice. 26(2):157-167 [DOI] 10.1177/1049731514543023.
2016
Effectiveness of Group Format Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Compared to Treatment as Usual in a Community Outreach Organization
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 38(4):279-298 [DOI] 10.1080/07317107.2016.1238688.
2016
Examining the Efficacy of Parent–Child Interaction Therapy with Children on the Autism Spectrum
Journal of Child and Family Studies. 25(8):2508-2525 [DOI] 10.1007/s10826-016-0424-7.
2015
Enhancing Foster Parent Training with Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Evidence from a Randomized Field Experiment
Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research. 6(4):591-616 [DOI] 10.1086/684123. [PMID] 26977251.
2015
Implementation of Parent–Child Interaction Therapy Within Foster Care: An Attempt to Translate an Evidence-Based Program Within a Local Child Welfare Agency
Journal of Public Child Welfare. 9(1):22-41 [DOI] 10.1080/15548732.2014.983288. [PMID] 25729340.
2015
Rationale and Considerations for the Internet-Based Delivery of Parent–Child Interaction Therapy
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice. 22(3):302-316 [DOI] 10.1016/j.cbpra.2014.07.003. [PMID] 26120268.
2015
Screening for behavioral disorders with the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System: Sensitivity, specificity, and core discriminative components.
Child and Family Behavior Therapy. 37:20-37 [DOI] 10.1080/07317107.2015.1000228.
2015
Weighing in on the Time-Out Controversy: An Empirical Perspective
The Clinical Psychologist. 68(2):4-19
2014
Children exposed to intimate partner violence demonstrate disturbed sleep and impaired functional outcomes.
Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 6(3):290-298 [DOI] 10.1037/a0033108.
2014
Differentiating Parents with Faking-Good Profiles from Parents with Valid Scores on the Child Abuse Potential Inventory
Journal of Family Violence. 29(1):79-88 [DOI] 10.1007/s10896-013-9557-2.
2014
Evaluation of an existing parenting class within a women’s state correctional facility and a parenting class modeled from Parent–Child Interaction Therapy
Children and Youth Services Review. 46:238-247 [DOI] 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.08.015.
2014
Mothers’ and fathers’ knowledge of behavioral principles as applied to children: Data from a normative sample.
Behavioral Development Bulletin. 19(1):25-29 [DOI] 10.1037/h0100570.
2013
Behavioral Parent Training Skills and Child Behavior: The Utility of Behavioral Descriptions and Reflections
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 35(1):25-40 [DOI] 10.1080/07317107.2013.761009.
2013
Comparison of Mothers’ and Fathers’ Opinions of Parent–Child Interaction Therapy
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 35(2):110-131 [DOI] 10.1080/07317107.2013.789358.
2011
Evaluation of Foster Parent Training Programs: A Critical Review
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 33(2):139-170 [DOI] 10.1080/07317107.2011.571142.
2010
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Issues in Clinical Child Psychology. [DOI] 10.1007/978-0-387-88639-8.
2009
Evaluation of a treatment manual and workshops for disseminating, parent-child interaction therapy.
Administration and policy in mental health. 36(1):63-81 [DOI] 10.1007/s10488-008-0194-7. [PMID] 19016321.
2009
Parent-child interaction therapy and language facilitation: The role of parent-training on language development.
The Journal of Speech and Language Pathology – Applied Behavior Analysis. 3(2-3):216-232 [DOI] 10.1037/h0100241.
2008
Efficacy of In-Home Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 30(2):99-126 [DOI] 10.1080/07317100802060302.
2008
In-Home Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Clinical Considerations
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 30(2):127-135 [DOI] 10.1080/07317100802060310.
2008
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for ADHD: A Conceptual Overview and Critical Literature Review
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 30(3):231-256 [DOI] 10.1080/07317100802275546.
2008
Parent-child interaction therapy: An examination of cost-effectiveness.
Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention. 5(1):119-141 [DOI] 10.1037/h0100414.
2008
The Role of Therapist Communication Style in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 30(1):13-35 [DOI] 10.1300/j019v30n01_02.
2007
Parent-child interaction therapy and high functioning autism: A conceptual overview.
Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention. 4(4):714-735 [DOI] 10.1037/h0100402.
2006
Training Head Start teachers in behavior management using Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: A preliminary investigation.
Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention. 3(2):220-233 [DOI] 10.1037/h0100334.
2005
Managing classroom behavior of Head Start children using response cost and token economy procedures.
Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention. 2(1):28-39 [DOI] 10.1037/h0100298.
2005
The Inclusion of Fathers in Behavioral Parent Training: A Critical Evaluation
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 27(4):1-28 [DOI] 10.1300/j019v27n04_01.
2005
Theoretical and empirical underpinnings for use of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with physical abuse populations
Education and Treatment of Children . 28(2):142-162
2005
Training Foster Parents in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Education and Treatment of Children. 28(2):182-196
2004
Clinical child psychology’s progress in disseminating empirically supported treatments.
Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. 11(3):267-288 [DOI] 10.1093/clipsy.bph082.
2004
Preliminary investigation examining the validity of The Compliance Test and a brief behavioral observation measure for identifying children with disruptive behavior
Child Study Journal. 34(1):1-13
2004
THE USE OF TOKEN ECONOMIES IN PRESCHOOL CLASSROOMS: PRACTICAL AND PHILOSOPHICAL CONCERNS
Journal of Early and Intensive Behavior Intervention. 1(1):94-104
2004
Using a whole-class token economy and coaching of teacher skills in a preschool classroom to manage disruptive behavior
Psychology in the Schools. 41(3):351-361 [DOI] 10.1002/pits.10168.
2003
Parent-child interaction therapy: A promising intervention for abusive families.
The Behavior Analyst Today. 3(4):375-382 [DOI] 10.1037/h0099993.
2002
Cultural issues in the treatment of young African American children diagnosed with disruptive behavior disorders.
Journal of pediatric psychology. 27(4):339-50 [PMID] 11986357.
2002
Who Is Testing Whom?
Intervention in School and Clinic. 37(3):140-148 [DOI] 10.1177/105345120203700302.
2001
A Comparison Between African American and Caucasian Children Referred for Treatment of Disruptive Behavior Disorders
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 23(1):1-14 [DOI] 10.1300/j019v23n01_01.
2001
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Behavior Problem Children: One and Two Year Maintenance of Treatment Effects in the Family
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 23(4):1-20 [DOI] 10.1300/j019v23n04_01.
2001
Understanding Manual-Based Behavior Therapy: Some Theoretical Foundations of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 23(4):21-36 [DOI] 10.1300/j019v23n04_02.
2000
Psychometric properties and reference point data for the revised edition of the school observation coding system
Behavior Therapy. 31(4):695-712 [DOI] 10.1016/s0005-7894(00)80039-8.
1999
Importance of Early Intervention for Disruptive Behavior Problems: Comparison of Treatment and Waitlist-Control Groups
Early Education &amp; Development. 10(4):445-454 [DOI] 10.1207/s15566935eed1004_2.
1998
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Behavior Problem Children: Maintenance of Treatment Effects in the School Setting
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 20(2):17-38 [DOI] 10.1300/j019v20n02_02.
1998
The ADHD Classroom Kit: A whole-classroom approach for managing disruptive behavior
Psychology in the Schools. 35(1):67-79 [DOI] 10.1002/(sici)1520-6807(199801)35:1<67::aid-pits6>3.0.co;2-r.
1996
DSM–IV and disorders of childhood and adolescence: Can structural criteria be functional?
Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. 64(6):1177-1191 [DOI] 10.1037/0022-006x.64.6.1177. [PMID] 8991304.
1996
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: An Intensive Dyadic Intervention for Physically Abusive Families
Child Maltreatment. 1(2):134-144 [DOI] 10.1177/1077559596001002005.
1996
Short-Term Play Therapy for Disruptive Children
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1995
Assessment of a New Procedure to Prevent TimeoutEscape in Preschoolers
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 16(4):51-56 [DOI] 10.1300/j019v16n04_06.
1994
Assessment of a New Procedure to Prevent Timeout Escape in Preschoolers
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 16(3):27-35 [DOI] 10.1300/j019v16n03_04.
1994
Interparent Agreement on the Eyberg Child Behavior Inventory
Child &amp; Family Behavior Therapy. 16(1):21-27 [DOI] 10.1300/j019v16n01_02.
1993
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy With Behavior Problem Children: Relative Effectiveness of Two Stages and Overall Treatment Outcome
Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. 22(1):42-51 [DOI] 10.1207/s15374424jccp2201_4.
1991
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy With Behavior Problem Children: Generalization of Treatment Effects to the School Setting
Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. 20(2):140-151 [DOI] 10.1207/s15374424jccp2002_5.
1988
Comparison of Learned Helplessness Cognitions and Behavior in Children With High and Low Scores on the Children’s Depression Inventory
Journal of Clinical Child Psychology. 17(2):152-158 [DOI] 10.1207/s15374424jccp1702_7.
Parent-child interaction therapy for children with disruptive behavior disorders.
Empirically based play interventions for children (2nd ed.).. 159-180 [DOI] 10.1037/14730-009.

Grants

Feb 2024 ACTIVE
Minnesota Training in Older Child PCIT
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: MINNESOTA DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES via SUBSTANCE ABUSE MENTAL HLTH SER ADMIN
Oct 2023 ACTIVE
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Mothers and Toddlers Affected by the State Opioid Crisis in West Virginia
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: WEST VIRGINIA UNIV via SUBSTANCE ABUSE MENTAL HLTH SER ADMIN
Apr 2023 ACTIVE
SAMHSA subaward with Gallaudet for PCIT Training
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: GALLAUDET UNIVERSITY via SUBSTANCE ABUSE MENTAL HLTH SER ADMIN
Sep 2022 – Sep 2023
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Mothers and Toddlers Affected by the State Opioid Crisis in West Virginia
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: WEST VIRGINIA UNIV via SUBSTANCE ABUSE MENTAL HLTH SER ADMIN
Sep 2022 ACTIVE
Implementing Evidence-based Behavioral Skills in Pediatric Oral Healthcare Providers
Role: Principal Investigator
Funding: NATL INST OF HLTH NIDCR

Education

Ph.D.
1989 · University of Florida
Predoctoral Internship
1989 · University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center
M.S.
1986 · University of Florida
B.S.
1983 · Louisiana State University

Contact Details

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