Alan E. Kazdin

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Alan E. Kazdin
Born (1945-01-24) January 24, 1945 (age 74)
ResidenceNew Haven, Connecticut
Alma materSan Jose State University, Northwestern University
Scientific career
InstitutionsYale University

Alan Edward Kazdin (born January 24, 1945[1]) is a research professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University. He is a Sterling Professor emeritus and was the director of the Yale Parenting Center and Child Conduct Clinic.[2] Kazdin's research has focused primarily on the treatment of aggressive and antisocial behavior in children.[3]

In 2008, he served as the President of the American Psychological Association.[4]


Kazdin’s approximately 700 publications including 49 books that focus on interventions for children and adolescents, cognitive-behavioral treatment, parenting and child rearing, interpersonal violence, and methodology and research design.[5] His work on parenting and child rearing has been featured on CNN,[6] NPR,[7] PBS,[8] BBC,[9] and he has appeared on Good Morning America,[10] ABC News,[11] 20/20, The Dr. Phil Show,[12] and the Today Show.[13]

In addition to his own published work, Kazdin has been editor of six journals: Behavior Therapy (1979–83), Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology (1985–90), Psychological Assessment (1989–91), Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice (1994–98), Current Directions in Psychological Science (1999–2004), and Clinical Psychological Science (since 2012). He was editor-in-chief of the eight-volume Encyclopedia of Psychology (2000, APA/Oxford University). Also, he has edited two book series: Developmental Clinical Psychology and Psychiatry (Sage Publications, 1983–99) and Current Perspectives in Psychology (Yale University Press, 2000–08), and co-edited a book series Advances in Clinical Child Psychology (with Benjamin Lahey, 1977–92).[5]


  1. ^ "Alan Edward Kazdin". Contemporary Authors Online. November 11, 2007. Retrieved on December 18, 2010.
  2. ^ "Alan Kazdin, Ph.D ABPP, Center Director." The Yale Parenting Center,
  3. ^ "Alan E. Kazdin." Department of Psychology Faculty. Archived 2012-08-21 at the Wayback Machine.
  4. ^ "Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D." Archived 2014-01-16 at the Wayback Machine Accessed 14 January 2014.
  5. ^ a b "Vita: Alan E. Kazdin, Ph.D." Archived 2014-01-16 at the Wayback Machine. Accessed 14 January 2014.
  6. ^ Hetter, Katia. "Punishment without spanking." CNN. 8 November 2011.
  7. ^ Shute, Nancy. "Shop for a Psychotherapist to Avoid the Lemons." 16 May 2011.
  8. ^ This Emotional Life: Experts Biography: Alan Kazdin, Ph.D.
  9. ^ Health Check 14 December 2009.
  10. ^ "Book Excerpt: How to Discipline a Defiant Child." ABC News: Good Morning America. Archived 2011-10-17 at the Wayback Machine. 14 January 2008.
  11. ^ "Breaking the Cyle of Abuse, Part 1." ABC News. 21 September 2009.
  12. ^ "Violent Kids." The Dr. Phil Show. 30 June 2011.
  13. ^ "Meltdown! How to Tame Your Tot's Tantrum." 17 November 2011