Michael Southam-Gerow, Ph.D.

Dr. Mike Southam-Gerow

Professor and Chair
Clinical Psychology
806 W Franklin, rm 105
(804) 828-8089

Professor (tenured)
Co-Director, Anxiety Clinic
Associate Editor, Journal of Consulting & Clinical Psychology

Doctoral Program Affiliation

Clinical Psychology


Michael A. Southam-Gerow, Ph.D.

Research Interests

The Southam-Gerow lab is a busy and exciting place to work and learn. Our focus is the improvement of mental health services for children and families and we are active dissemination and implementation (D&I) researchers. We have studies that focus in a number of relevant directions. Currently, our foci include research on treatment integrity (adherence, competence, differentiation) in collaboration with Bryce McLeod, Ph.D., and therapists training in collaboration with Abbie Kinnebrew, LCSW, and Elizabeth Farmer, Ph.D., from VCU's School of Social Work. We also actively collaborate with researchers from PracticeWise, LLC, including Bruce Chorpita, Ph.D., at UCLA, evaluation aspects (e.g., this recent paper) of the Managing and Adapting Practice (MAP) system being used in Los Angeles County and other states around the U.S. See our website for more details.

Select Publications

Southam-Gerow, M. A., McLeod, B. D., Arnold, C. A., Rodriguez, A., Cox, J. R., Reise, S. P., Bonifay, W. E., Weisz, J. R., & Kendall, P. C. (2016). Initial development of a treatment adherence measure for cognitive-behavioral therapy for child anxiety. Psychological Assessment, 28, 70-80. doi: 10.1037/pas0000141
Hourigan, S. E., Southam-Gerow, M. A., & Quinoy, A. M., (2015). Emotional and behavior problems in an urban pediatric primary care setting. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 46, 289-299. doi:10.1007/s10578-014-0469-z
Southam-Gerow, M. A., Daleiden, E. L., Chorpita, B. F., Bae, C. Mitchell, C., Faye, M., & Alba, M. (2014). MAPping Los Angeles County: Taking an evidence-informed model of mental health care to scale. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43, 190-200.
Rodriguez, A., Southam-Gerow, M. A., O’Connor, M. K., & Allin, R. B. (2014). An analysis of stakeholder views on children’s mental health services. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43, 862-876.
Southam-Gerow, M. A. & Dorsey, S. (2014). Qualitative and mixed methods research in dissemination and implementation science: Introduction to special series. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 43, 845-850.

Recent Courses

  • Child Therapy, graduate level
  • Clinical Practicum, graduate level
  • Introduction to Psychology, undergraduate level

Recent Grants

Development of a Pragmatic Treatment Integrity Instrument for Child Therapy

Amount: $431,244
Role: Co-Investigator
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Period: 2016—2018
Number: R21MH109666

Development and Validation of Treatment Integrity Measures for Classroom-Based Interventions

Amount: $1,599,923
Role: Co-Investigator
Source: Institute for Educational Sciences (Goal 5)
Period: 2014—2018
Number: R305A140487

Local Quality Assurance Tool for Family Therapy in Usual Care for Adolescent Substance Use 

Amount: $1,645,806
Role: Co-Investigator
Source: National Institute of Drug Abuse
Period: 2/2015—1/2019
Number: R01DA037496

Development and Validation of Child Therapy Integrity Measures 

Amount: $1,125,000
Role: Co-Principal Investigator
Source: National Institute of Mental Health
Period: 5/2010—2/2016
Number: R01MH086529