Dr. Alan Kazdin

Alan Kazdin, Ph.D., ABPP
Center Director

Dr. Alan Kazdin is one of the leading authorities in the world on parenting. He has helped thousands of children at the Yale Parenting Center and its research arm, the Child Conduct Clinic. Kazdin is Professor of Psychology and Child Psychiatry at Yale University. Dr. Kazdin is the former president of the American Psychological Association. He has published over 600 articles and over 40 books about child psychology. He received his B.A. in Psychology from San Jose State University, and his Ph.D.in Clinical Psychology from Northwestern University.

Dr. Kazdin is featured frequently on national media as an expert in parenting including The Dr. Phil Show, ABC News, NBC News, PBS, and NPR.


  • MERIT Award, National Institute of Mental Health
  • Lifetime Contribution Award to Psychology from the American Psychological Association
  • Distinguished Service Award to the Profession of Psychology, American Board of Professional Psychology

For more information, visit Dr. Kazdin’s website.

Erin Carrubba

Erin Carrubba, LPC, CKPMT
Certified Specialist

Erin has been a specialist at the Center for 15 years.  She earned her Masters degree in Community and Counseling Pyschology with high honors, and is licensed in the state of Connecticut.  She has extensive experience working with children and families specializing in behavioral difficulties and parenting stress.  Erin also conducts highly sought after professional trainings and certifies clinicians around the world in Kazdin PMT.

Bernadette Lecza

Bernadette Lecza, MS, CKPMT
Certified Specialist

Bernadette has been a specialist at the Center for over fifteen years. She comes to the clinic with vast experience in working with children, including those dealing with both behavioral and learning issues. Bernadette earned her masters degree in Clinical Psychology.  She has worked closely with Dr. Kazdin and has helped thousands of families and professionals to use Parent Management Training (The Kazdin Method). 

Sarah Rabbitt

Sarah RabbittSarah Rabbitt, Ph.D.
Postdoctoral Associate

Sarah received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Yale University and completed her predoctoral internship at Yale-New Haven Psychiatric Hospital. Her clinical and research training focused on child and adolescent psychopathology, with a specific emphasis on disruptive behavior problems in early development. Sarah’s current research interests include expanding the clinical populations served by Parent Management Training, using technology to expand access to evidence-based treatments, and applying experimental techniques to better understand clinical phenomena. Before attending graduate school, Sarah studied at Harvard College, where she earned a B.A. with highest honors in Psychology and a French language citation.

Jennifer Pope

Jennifer Pope, B.S.
Project Coordinator

Jennifer Pope began working at the Yale Parenting Center in the fall of 2012. She has spent the past 9 years working on improving care for veterans with serious mental illness through a dual appointment at the University of California Los Angeles and the Greater Los Angeles VA Healthcare System.  Jennifer received her B.S. from the University of California, Davis in Psychology.  She lives in Hamden with her husband and two daughters.

Joanna Hong

Joanna Hong
Senior Intern Supervisor

Joanna Hong received her B.S. with honors in psychology from University of Massachusetts-Amherst. She has worked in various research labs including Rudd Adoption Research Lab, Growth in Early Marriage Lab and Hormone and Cognition Lab. Her honors thesis focused on changes in human salivary alpha-amylase activity in response to different attachment styles in newlywed couples. She also has field experience working in Seoul City Children’s Hospital and Severance Hospital assessing lives of children who have suffered cancer and performing behavioral therapy to children with severe disabilities. She plans to pursue a graduate degree in clinical psychology.

Research Interns

Research Interns

Alexandra Breslin, University of New Haven; Shannon Cusack, Washington and Lee; Nicky DeRosa, University of New Haven; Kristin DiGiovanna, University of New Haven; Courtney Formicola, Columbia University; Brittany Jaso, Cornell University