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Chorpita Photo   Bruce Chorpita is Professor of Psychology at the University of California, Los Angeles. He previously was Professor of Psychology at the University of Hawaii at Manoa and served as the Clinical Director of the Hawaii State Department of Health Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division, helping implement evidence-based services in a statewide system of care. During that time, Chorpita received awards from the Hawaii Psychological Association, the Hawaii Board of Regents, and Governor Linda Lingle. Chorpita grew up in the Philadelphia area and completed his undergraduate studies at Brown University. After working for two years at Bradley Children's Hospital, a teaching hospital for the Brown University Alpert Medical School, he then earned his PhD in clinical psychology at the University at Albany, SUNY. Chorpita currently directs the Child FIRST Program at UCLA, which is dedicated to improving the effectiveness of services delivered to all children with mental health needs, through innovation in mental health treatment design, clinical decision-making and information-delivery models, and mental health system architecture and processes. This work occurs primarily in the context of partnerships with community agencies delivering mental health services throughout California and across the country. Chorpita is widely published in the areas of children’s mental health services and childhood anxiety disorders, and he has held research and training grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the Hawaii Departments of Education and Health, the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and the Annie E. Casey Foundation. In addition to his work with John Weisz on MATCH-ADTC, he recently published Modular Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Childhood Anxiety Disorders (Guilford Press, 2007).
Weisz Photo   John Weisz is Professor of Psychology in the Harvard Faculty of Arts and Sciences and in Harvard Medical School. He is also President and CEO of the Judge Baker Children’s Center, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School.  His teaching at Harvard includes courses on developmental psychopathology and research methods in child and adolescent clinical psychology.  His work at Judge Baker includes building the research, training, and direct service profile with an emphasis on developing, testing, implementing and disseminating evidence-based practices in youth mental health. Weisz grew up in Mississippi and received his BA from Mississippi College. After three years as a Peace Corps volunteer in Kenya, he studied at Yale, where he received the M.S. and Ph.D. in clinical and developmental psychology. He then held faculty appointments at Cornell, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and UCLA, where he was Professor in the Departments of Psychology and Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, and served for a term as Director of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology and Director of the Psychology Clinic. Weisz has served as President of the Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, and President of the International Society for the Study of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. He is founding Director and Principal Investigator of the Research Network on Youth Mental Health, funded by the MacArthur Foundation since 2001. The Network, through an array of projects collectively dubbed “Child STEPs,” has worked to identify and address obstacles to best practice in youth mental health care. Weisz’s research focuses on strengthening clinical care for children and adolescents by improving the quality and clinical relevance of scientific research, and by developing and testing strategies for “putting science into practice.” His work includes articles proposing new models for the field, development and testing of new measures for clinical research, systematic reviews and meta-analyses synthesizing evidence on intervention effects, and development and testing of youth interventions through randomized trials. In addition to his work with Bruce Chorpita on MATCH-ADTC, his most recent books are Psychotherapy for Children and Adolescents: Evidence-Based Treatments and Case Examples (Cambridge University Press, 2004) and Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children and Adolescents, second edition (Guilford Press, 2010, edited by John Weisz and Alan Kazdin).