Lianna Wilson is a clinical extern at the Boston Child Study Center, where she provides supervised evidence based assessment and treatment for youth and families struggling with anxiety, mood, and behavioral disorders. Lianna is a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at Fairleigh Dickinson University (FDU). She graduated from Wellesley College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and Latin, and received her master’s degree in psychology from both Boston University and Fairleigh Dickinson. During her time at Boston University, she worked at the Center for Anxiety and Related Disorders (CARD), where she was trained in cognitive behavioral treatments for children with anxiety, selective mutism (SM), as well as parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) for children with externalizing behaviors. She also worked as a clinical assistant and a teacher’s consultant, providing behavioral treatment for children with SM in individual and group sessions as well as providing skill consultation for schools and teachers.
She has been a clinical trainee at both the Child Mind Institute and the Center for Psychological Services at FDU, where she has extensively worked with children and their families, adolescents, and adults using a range of evidence-based treatments (PCIT, parent management training, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, dialectical behavior therapy, and behavioral activation) as well as psychodynamic modalities. She has gained significant clinical experience in treating a variety of psychological disorders, including depression, selective mutism, specific phobias, social anxiety disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, disruptive mood dysregulation disorder, avoidant personality disorder, and borderline personality disorder. Lianna has also had substantial experience consulting with schools and teachers regarding anxiety and externalizing behaviors.
Lianna’s research has ranged from the development of temperament and its role on how it impacts the presentation of psychopathology to leading research on the structure and implementation of treatments for externalizing behaviors (e.g., symptom changes related to participation in dialectical behavior therapy [DBT] for children ages 8-11 with emotion dysregulation as well as group behavioral activation therapy [GBAT] in schools for children with mood and anxiety disorders). Her research interests currently center around improving interventions in schools and working with teachers, how modified DBT can create symptom change for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and externalizing behaviors, as well as outcomes related to participation in PCIT.