Wendy K. Silverman, Professor
AHC 1 Room 139
Website for Child Anxiety and Phobia Program
Ph.D. Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
M.A. School Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, Ohio
B.A. School Binghamton University- State University of New York
research interests are in the area of anxiety disorders in children and
adolescents. My funded research (with Bill Kurtines) has focused on
designing and evaluating psychosocial interventions to help reduce
youth who suffer from these problems. Recently, we have shifted from
asking not only “does the treatment work” to asking “why does the
treatment work?” To help answer this question we have been studying
potential mediators of therapeutic change using randomized controlled
clinical trial designs. I am also interested in designing and
evaluating evidence based assessments approaches and I have developed
such instruments as the Anxiety Disorders Interview Schedule for
Children/Parents (with Anne Marie Albano), the Child Anxiety
Sensitivity Index, and the School Refusal Behavior Scale (with Chris
Kearney). In addition, with colleagues and students, I have conducted
research in the area of the effects of natural disasters (hurricanes)
on children, as well as on investigating factors that may be associated
with the development and/or maintenance of internalizing problems in
Select Publications: (from over 150; majority of my articles are coauthored with graduate students)
Greca, A. M., Silverman, W. K., Vernberg, E. M., & Roberts, M.C.
(Eds.), (2002). Helping children cope with disaster and terrorism.
Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.
W. K., & Treffers, P. D. A. (Eds.), (2001). Anxiety disorders in
children and adolescents: Research, assessment and intervention.
Cambridge, U. K.: Cambridge University Press.
Silverman, W. K.,
& Ollendick, T. H. (Eds.), (1999). Developmental issues in the
clinical treatment of children. Needham Heights, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Silverman, W. K. & Kurtines, W. M. (1996). Anxiety and phobic disorders: A pragmatic approach. New York: Plenum Press.
Recent Journal Articles:
W. K., Kurtines, W. M., Jaccard, J., & Pina, A. A. (2009).
Directionality of change in youth anxiety treatment involving parents:
An Initial Examination. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,
La Greca, A. M., Silverman, W. K., & Lochman,
J. E. (2009). Moving beyond efficacy and effectiveness in child and
adolescent intervention research. Journal of Consulting and Clinical
Psychology, 77, 373-382.
Pina, A. A., Little, M., & Knight,
G. P., & Silverman, W. K. (2009). Cross-ethnic measurement
equivalence of the RCMAS in Hispanic/Latino and European American youth
with anxiety disorders. Journal of Personality Assessment, 91, 58 – 61.
R., Jaccard, J., Silverman, W. K., & Pina, A. A. (2009). Pubertal
timing and its link to behavioral and emotional problems among
'at-risk' African American adolescent girls. Journal of Adolescence,
Silverman, W. K., & Hinshaw, S. P. (2008). The
second Special Issue on evidenc based psychosocial treatments for
children and adolescents: A ten-year update. Journal of Clinical Child
and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 1-7
Silverman, W. K., Ortiz, C.
D., Viswesvaran, C., Burns, B. J., Kolko, D. J., Putnam, F. W., &
Amaya-Jackson, L. (2008). Evidence-based psychosocial treatments for
children and adolescents exposed to traumatic events. Journal of
Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 37, 156-183
W. K., Pina, A. A., & Viswesvaran, C. (2008). Evidence-based
psychosocial treatments for phobic and anxiety disorders in children
and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,
* Emotional Learning and its Reversal (Graduate)
* Ethics in Psychology (Graduate)
* Research Seminar in Psychosocial Development (Graduate)
* Psychological Assessment (Graduate)
* Child Psychopathology (Undergraduate)
* Developmental Psychology (Undergraduate)
* Psychotherapy (Undergraduate)
* Research Methods in Psychology (Undergraduate)