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Kelsey S. Dickson, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, San Diego State University

Contact Information

3020 Children’s Way, MC 5033
San Diego, CA 92123
T: (858) 966-7703 x6907
kdickson@sdsu.edu



Biography

Dr. Dickson is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Child and Family Development at San Diego State University and an Investigator at CASRC. She is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in services and implementation research aiming to develop, test, and implement evidenced-based interventions (EBIs) for youth with behavioral health conditions in community service settings. Her work also focuses on examining mechanisms such as executive functioning (EF) impacting the etiology and effective treatment of behavioral health conditions. Dr. Dickson has clinical expertise delivering evidenced-based services for youth presenting with a variety of behavioral health conditions in community settings.

Research Interests

Research Focus

Dr. Dickson’s work concentrates on services and implementation research aimed at the adaptation and implementation of evidenced-based interventions (EBIs) for youth with behavioral health conditions in community-based service settings, including early intervention, school, and mental health settings. This work also includes an emphasis on reducing disparities in access to evidenced-based care. Her work also aims examines underlying risk factors such as executive functioning (EF) in the etiology and effective treatment of behavioral health conditions. Dr. Dickson is the PI of an NIMH Career Development Award (NIMH K23MH115100) applying an implementation science framework to adapt and test an evidence-based executive function intervention for youth with autism spectrum disorder served in community mental health settings.

Clinical and Teaching Focus

Dr. Dickson is a licensed clinical psychologist specializing in providing evidenced-based practices to children with behavioral health conditions and their families. She teaches graduate courses and provides clinical supervision at San Diego State University in Licensed Professional Clinical Counseling program.  http://go.sdsu.edu/education/cfd/ms-ecmh.aspx

Publications

  • Dickson, K.S. & Ciesla, J.A. (2018). Executive Functioning and Negative Affect: An Examination of the Meditational Effects of Emotion Regulation. International Journal of Cognitive Therapy. 
  • Dickson, K.S., Suhrheinrich, J., Rieth, S.R., & Stahmer, A.C. (2018). Parent and Teacher Concordance of Child Outcomes for Youth with Autism Spectrum Disorder. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders, 48(5), 1423-1435. 
  • Dickson, K.S., Zeedyk, S., Martinez, J., & Haine-Schlagel, R. (2017). Examining Ethnic Disparities in Provider and Parent In-Session Participation Engagement. Journal of Children’s Services, 12(1), 47-58.
  • Dickson, K.S., Ciesla, J.A., & Zelic, K. (2017). The role of executive functioning in adolescent rumination and depression. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 41(1), 62-72. 
  • Ciesla, J.A., Reilly, L.C., Dickson, K.S., Emanuel, A.S., & Updegraff, J.A. (2012). Dispositional mindfulness moderates the effects of stress among adolescents: Rumination as a mediator. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology, 41(6), 760-770.
  • Dickson, K.S., Ciesla, J.A., & Reilly, L.C. (2012). Rumination, cognitive avoidance, and behavioral avoidance: Examination of temporal effects. Behavior Therapy, 43(3), 629-640.

Current Projects

K23MH115100 (NIMH) Adapting an ASD Executive Functioning Intervention for Implementation in Children's Mental Health Services