Dr. Lianna Wilson
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Dr. Lianna Wilson is a clinical psychologist at Boston Child Study Center. She provides evidence-based treatments for a wide range of anxiety, mood, or disruptive behavior disorders in children, adolescents, and young adults, as well as provides support and skills to their families. Dr. Wilson completed her undergraduate degree at Wellesley College with her B.A. in psychology and Latin. After completing her M.A. in psychology at Boston University, Dr. Wilson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Fairleigh Dickinson University, and completed her postdoctoral fellowship at Judge Baker Children’s Center in the Center for Effective Child Therapy.
Dr. Wilson has gained significant clinical experience in treating a variety of mental health challenges and has extensively worked with children and their families, adolescents, and adults using a range of evidence-based treatments, including parent management training, acceptance and commitment therapy, cognitive behavioral therapy, exposure and response prevention, dialectical behavior therapy, child-parent psychotherapy, and comprehensive behavioral therapy for tics. She also is certified in parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) and MATCH-ADTC (modular approach to therapy for children with anxiety, depression, trauma, conduct problems). In addition, Dr. Wilson has substantial experience consulting with schools and teachers regarding internalizing and externalizing concerns, with training in Teacher-Child Interaction Training (TCIT). During her doctoral internship at Community Healthlink – Youth and Family Services, she provided behavioral health consultation and training for families and educators around Central Massachusetts as part of the Together For Kids (TFK) Program, funded by the Department of Education and Care’s (EEC) Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation Grant.
Dr. Wilson’s research has focused on the structure and implementation of treatments for externalizing behaviors, including investigating symptom changes related to participation in a modified multi-family dialectical behavior therapy (DBT) for children ages 8-11 with emotion dysregulation. In addition, Dr. Wilson assisted in research on the implementation of school-based group behavioral activation therapy (GBAT) for children with mood and anxiety disorders in order to determine effectiveness of this school-based program in improving children’s mental health. Her research interests currently center on improving interventions in schools and working with teachers to increase self-efficacy around managing and addressing externalizing behaviors as well as outcomes related to participation in PCIT. Dr. Wilson’s dissertation investigated how teacher-child relationships impact the association between teacher self-efficacy and externalizing behaviors in the classroom using teacher-reports and observed data. The evaluation into the presence of differences between teachers’ perceptions and outside raters is hoped to provide further information into enhancing school consultation practices. Dr. Wilson has presented her work at annual conferences and is a member of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT).