Kristin M. Hawley
Associate Professor
204C McAlester Hall
Lab Information
Research Interests

Youth Mental Health Services and Interventions: moderators of treatment engagement and outcome, therapeutic change processes, core components of effective interventions

Dissemination and Implementation of Evidence-Based Practices: provider training and application of research-supported assessment and treatment, streamlining and enhancing research-supported therapies for clinical practice


Dr. Hawley earned her bachelor’s degree from the University of Missouri and her M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Her graduate work at UCLA focused on practice-based interventions research and she completed postdoctoral training in youth mental health services research at San Diego State University, San Diego Children’s Hospital and the NIMH-funded Child and Adolescent Services Research Center. Her current research focus is on improving youth mental health services in community-based settings by collaborating with service providers and families in order to (a) identify conditions that enhance therapy retention, engagement and outcomes; (b) discover key components of effective interventions, (c) refine promising research-supported therapies to increase their practical usefulness; and (d) understand and improve provider training and adoption of research-supported therapy practices. Before joining the faculty at MU, she also completed clinical training at Los Angeles’ Child and Family Guidance Center, St. John’s Child and Family Development Center, and UCLA Neuropsychiatric Institute Childhood Anxiety, OCD, & Tic-Related Disorders Program. She continues to provide clinical training and supervision to graduate clinicians within MU's Psychological Services Clinic.

Selected Publications

Garland, A.F., Hawley, K.M., Brookman-Frazee, L. & Hurlburt, M.S. (2008). Identifying common elements of evidence-based psychosocial treatments for children’s disruptive behavior problems. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47, 505-514.

Hawley, K.M. & Garland, A.F. (2008). Working alliance in adolescent outpatient therapy: Youth, parent and therapist reports and associations with therapy outcomes. Child and Youth Care Forum: Journal of Research and Practice in Children’s Services, 37, 59-74.

Hawley, K.M. & Jensen-Doss, A. (2007). Evidence-based psychological interventions for emotional and behavioral disorders. In M.L. Wolraich, P.H. Dworkin, D.D. Drotar, and E.C. Perrin (Eds.), Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics (pp. 38-57), Philadelphia, PA: Elsevier.

Garland, A.F., Hurlburt, M.S., & Hawley, K.M. (2006). Examining psychotherapy processes in a services research context. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 13, 30–46.

Weisz, J.R., Jensen-Doss, A., & Hawley, K.M. (2006). Evidence-based youth treatments versus usual clinical care: A meta-analysis of direct comparisons. American Psychologist, 61, 671-689.

Hawley, K.M., & Weisz, J.R. (2005). Youth versus parent working alliance in usual clinical care: Distinctive associations with retention, satisfaction and treatment outcome. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 34, 117-128.

Weisz, J.R., Jensen-Doss, A., & Hawley, K.M. (2005). Youth psychotherapy outcome research: A review and critique of the evidence base. Annual Review of Psychology, 56, 337-363.

Garland, A.F., Lewczyk-Boxmeyer, C.M., Gabayan, E.N., & Hawley, K.M. (2004). Multiple stakeholder agreement on desired outcomes for adolescents’ mental health services. Psychiatric Services, 55, 671-676.

Weisz, J.R., Hawley, K.M., & Jensen-Doss, A. (2004). Evidence update: Empirically tested psychotherapies for youth internalizing and externalizing problems and disorders. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 13, 729-815.

Garland, A.F., Aarons, G.A., Hawley, K.M., & Hough, R.L. (2003). Relationship of youth satisfaction with mental health services and changes in symptoms and functioning. Psychiatric Services, 54, 1544-1546.

Hawley, K.M., & Weisz, J.R. (2003). Child, parent, and therapist (dis)agreement on target problems in outpatient therapy: The therapist’s dilemma and its implications. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 71, 62-70.

Hawley, K.M., & Weisz, J.R. (2002). Increasing the relevance of evidence based treatment review to practitioners and consumers. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 9, 225-230.

Weisz, J.R., & Hawley, K.M. (2002). Developmental factors in the treatment of adolescents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 70, 21-43.