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Lauren B. Quetsch

Lauren B. Quetsch

Assistant Professor

(ARSC)-Arts & Sciences


Phone: 479-575-5817

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I am recruiting a doctoral student to join my lab for the 2020-21 academic year

My program of research centers on the dissemination and implementation (D&I) of evidence-based treatments for underserved children and families. I run the Families and Community Intervention Lab which is dedicated to pursuing research that will produce new knowledge and lasting improvements in community-based mental health services by (a) promoting access to evidence-based mental health care for all families, (b) reducing barriers to treatment, and (c) evaluating methods to improve clinician/provider training and treatment sustainability. Please visit the lab's website for more details about our team (https://fci.uark.edu/).

My research largely focuses on evidence-based interventions for youth with disruptive behavior disorders including treatments such as Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT; ages 2-7 years) and Multisystemic Therapy (MST; ages 12-17 years). These treatments take a family-centered approach and provide caregivers with the therapeutic skills needed for symptom reduction and increased familial well-being.

My recent work has also targeted the adaptation of evidence-based treatments for use with children on the autism spectrum. Currently, there is a large gap in services for addressing disruptive behaviors in this population. My future plans include clinical trials evaluating the efficacy and effectiveness of adapted treatment protocols in both PCIT and MST.

Experiences in this lab integrate my interests in D&I, child disruptive behaviors, and autism spectrum disorder. Specifically, activities include the study and delivery of family-focused treatment for childhood disruptive behaviors in the home and clinic settings, the collaboration with community partnerships to advance dissemination and implementation practices in mental health agencies (e.g., trainings, sustainability efforts), and the adaptation of treatments for youth on the autism spectrum to address their unique needs. 


PSYC3023: Abnormal Psychology


PSYC 6213: Psychotherapy Outcomes

PSYC 607V: Clinical Practicum 

Ph.D., West Virginia University, 2019

Clinical Internship, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences, 2018-2019

M.S., West Virginia University, 2015

B.A., Georgetown University, 2012


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

Lieneman, C., Quetsch, L.B., Theodorou, L. L., Newton, K. A., & McNeil, C. B. (2019). Reconceptualizing attrition in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: “Dropouts” demonstrate impressive improvements. Psychology Research and Behavior Management, 12, 543-555. doi: 10.2147/PRBM.S207370

Quetsch, L. B., Wallace, N. M., McNeil, C. B., & Gentzler, A. (2018). Emotion regulation in families of children with behavior problems and nonclinical comparison families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(8), 2467-2480. doi: 10.1007/s10826-018-1081-9

Borduin, C. M., Dopp, A. R., Quetsch, L. B., & Johnides, B. D. (2017). Multisystemic therapy for violent and aggressive youths. In P. Sturmey (Ed.), The Wiley handbook of violence and aggression (pp. 1-14). New York: Wiley.

Quetsch, L. B., Wallace, N. M., Herschell, A. D., & McNeil, C. B. (2015). Weighing in on the time-out controversy: An empirical perspective. The Clinical Psychologist, 68(2), 4-19.