The faculty of the Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology include nationally recognized experts in the field of child psychology. They are affiliated with the UW Department of Psychology, the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences and the Center for Child and Family Well-Being.
Lynn Fainsilber Katz
Lynn Fainsilber Katz, the director of the Master of Arts in Applied Child & Adolescent Psychology: Prevention & Treatment program, is a research professor in child clinical psychology and developmental psychology in the Department of Psychology and associate director of the UW’s Center for Child and Family Well-Being. A licensed clinical psychologist and nationally recognized expert in the area of family relations, Katz has 25 years of experience working with children and families on issues relating to marital conflict, parenting and family relationships. She has received over $10 million of funding from the National Institutes of Health for her work on domestic violence, parenting, childhood aggression, adolescent depression and family adjustment in the context of pediatric cancer. Katz earned her Ph.D. in psychology at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign and joined the UW faculty in 1992.
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Liliana Lengua is the Carl R. Carlson Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychology and director of the UW's Center for Child and Family Well-Being. A licensed clinical psychologist, Lengua studies the effects of adversity on children, examining risk and protective factors that contribute to children’s resilience or vulnerability. She has been an investigator on several federally funded research projects, including those examining the development of executive function; the effects of neighborhood, family and peers on adolescent substance use; and childhood risk factors for the emergence of adult mental health problems. A member of the UW faculty since 1996, Lengua earned her Ph.D. from Arizona State University.
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Georganna Sedlar is an assistant professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences at the UW School of Medicine and adjunct assistant professor in the Department of Psychology. She is also a licensed clinical psychologist. Her clinical activities include evaluation and consultation at Harborview Medical Center's Foster Care Clinic; clinical supervision of psychology graduate students and psychiatry fellows; and clinical consultation to community mental health providers. Sedlar also serves as a consulting psychologist for the Foster Care Assessment Program. She is involved in various workforce development and enhancement projects, including the Integrated Health Care Training Program, a Washington state-funded initiative to train psychiatrists and other health care providers in evidence-based, integrated behavioral health care; and CBT Plus, a statewide program to train community-based mental health providers in delivering evidence-based practices for children in cognitive behavioral therapy for trauma, anxiety and depression. She has a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
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Stacy Shaw Welch
Stacy Shaw Welch is an affiliate assistant professor in the department of psychology at the University of Washington and a clinical psychologist who is passionate about the research and treatment of anxiety disorders. In January 2021, Welch will assume a new role as the clinic director of Rogers Behavioral Health in Seattle, a not-for-profit hospital specializing in evidence-based treatment for anxiety, obsessive-compulsive disorder, depression and other conditions requiring intensive outpatient or partial hospitalization. Prior to working at Rogers, Welch co-founded the Evidence Based Treatment Centers of Seattle, including the anxiety and child anxiety centers of Seattle, where she served in executive and clinical director roles for 15 years. She has published numerous scientific articles in the anxiety disorders area as well as in dialectical behavior therapy (DBT).