In January 2021, I will be starting as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Miami! 

Email: sevans@miami.edu

 

Thanks for visiting my site! I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Department of Psychology at Harvard University. I earned my Ph.D. in Clinical Child Psychology at the University of Kansas, where I worked with Paula Fite and Michael Roberts. After completing my pre-doctoral clinical psychology internship at the Charleston Consortium in South Carolina, I began a postdoctoral fellowship in the Harvard Youth Mental Health Lab. Here, working with John Weisz, I help develop, evaluate, and disseminate evidence-based assessment and treatment methods, with a focus on transdiagnostic, personalized, and measurement-based approaches. My research has examined subtypes of aggressive and disruptive behavior, with a particular focus on irritability and reactive aggression and their associations with emotional, social, and academic outcomes during childhood and adolescence. For several years, I worked with the World Health Organization in their development of the International Classification of Diseases (ICD-11) Mental and Behavioural Disorders, where I focused particularly on the classification of disruptive mood and behavior problems.

Broadly, my research seeks to advance the understanding of emotional and behavioral dysregulation in children and adolescents, and to translate these findings into more effective services. Within this framework, I have two interrelated areas of focus: (a) the developmental course, correlates, and outcomes of irritability and reactive aggression; and (b) improving assessment in youth mental health. To date, I have authored over 40 peer-reviewed publications pertaining to these interests, with several more papers currently under review and in preparation. My research has been supported by agencies such as the American Psychological Foundation, AIM for Mental Health, and the National Institute of Mental Health.

More about my research, teaching, publications, and background can be found in the tabs above and the links below.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Google Scholar

ResearchGate

Harvard Youth Mental Health Lab

WHO Global Clinical Practice Network

KU Clinical Child Psychology Program

Charleston Consortium Internship