Julie M. Boydston, Ph.D.

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Clinical Child Psychology Program
Director, KU Child and Family Services Clinic
Courtesy Professor, Clinical Child Psychology Program
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2007
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045-7555
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Dr. Boydston received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of North Carolina at Greensboro after completing her APA-accredited internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center.  Dr. Boydston is a Courtesy Professor of Clinical Child Psychology (Department of Applied Behavioral Science) and the Director of the KU Child and Family Services Clinic.  Her clinical and administrative expertise lies in the provision of evidence-based interventions and assessment for children, adolescents, and families.  Dr. Boydston has particular expertise in the assessment and treatment of adolescents who have been incarcerated or who face behavioral problems related to delinquency.  She has more than 10 years of experience training psychologists in the Clinical Child Psychology Program, at the Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center, and at Washburn University.  At Bert Nash, Dr. Boydston served as the Child Track Coordinator of their APA Accredited Clinical Internship, and as the Staff Development Psychologist-- expanding clinical training and support for evidence-based interventions to all clinical staff at the Center.  In addition to her clinical expertise, Dr. Boydston is the author or co-author of numerous empirical papers, conceptual articles, and conference presentations.  She is the co-author (with Dr. Carolyn Schroeder) of a new book from Guilford Press, Assessment and treatment of childhood problems: A clinician’s guide (Third Edition).  Please note that Dr. Boydston does not serve as a primary research advisor for students in the CCPP. 


Dr. Boydston teaches the initial through advanced practicum courses for the graduate students of the Clinical Child Psychology Program. She operates as the Director of the KU Child and Family Services Clinic (KUCFSC) and therefore does not accept students to advise within the program.

Selected Publications

Schroeder, C. S., & Smith-Boydston, J. M. (2017). Assessment and treatment of childhood problems: A clinician’s guide (Third Edition). New York: NY: Guilford Press.

Smith-Boydston, J. M., & Kirk, S. B. (2016). Outpatient clinics. In J. Norcross, G. VandenBos, & D. Freedheim (Editors-in-Chief), L. Campbell, M. Domenech Rodriguez, R. Krishnamurthy, B. Olatunji, & N. Pole (Associate Editors), APA handbook of clinical psychology: Vol. 1. Roots and branches. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Smith-Boydston, J. M., Holtzman, R. J., & Roberts, M. C. (2014). Transportability of MST to community settings: Can a program sustain outcomes without MST Services oversight?Child and Youth Care Forum, doi: 10.1007/s10566-014-9255-0

Smith-Boydston, J. M. & Nelson, T. D. (2008). Adoption of evidence-based treatments in community settings: Obstacles and opportunities. In R.G. Steele, T. D. Elkin, & M.C. Roberts (Eds.), Handbook of evidence-based therapies for children and adolescents: Bridging science and practice (pp. 521-535). New York: Springer.

Smith-Boydston, J. (2005). Providing a range of services to fit the needs of youth in community mental health centers. In R. G. Steele & M. C. Roberts (Eds.), Handbook of mental health services for children, adolescents, and their families (pp. 103-116). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Smith-Boydston, J. (2004). Community Mental Health Center: Opportunities for supervising empirically validated treatment protocols. In R. D. Morgan, T. L. Kuther, & C. J. Habben (Eds.), Life after graduate school in psychology: Insider’s advice from ne psychologists (pp. 115-126). New York: Psychology Press.

Selected Presentations

Boydston, J., & Abel, M. (2018, March). Comprehensive assessment of children and adolescents in a community-based training clinic. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC), Maui, HI.

Armstong, A. & Boydston, J. (2016, May). Impulsivity and driving anger as possible factors of poor driving behaviors. Poster presented at the Annual Convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Glynn, B. & Boydston, J. (2016, March). Possible neglected factors: The relationship between ADHD, impulsivity, and borderline personality disorder traits. Paper session presented at the Great Plains Psychology Convention, Kearney, NE. (Paper won first place in Graduate Student submissions.)

Harris, H. & Boydston, J. (2015, April). Turnt up on religion: The relationship between various aspects of religion and substance use. Poster session presented at the Southwestern Psychological Association Convention, Wichita, KS.

Craft, J., Thorn, S., & Boydston, J. (2009, May). Ask the experts: Best practices for working with expert witnesses. Panel Discussion presented at the Children as Risk: Establishing Best Practices for Working with Children and Families in Trauma. Topeka, KS.

Mann, C. & Boydston, J. (2007, October). Connecting education and mental health: Preliminary lessons from the integrating schools and mental health systems grant. Paper presented at the 12th Annual conference on Advancing School Mental Health, Championsgate, Florida.

Selected Grants

Washburn Women’s Venture Partners (WWVP) grant. Granted $2,800 to purchase child-related therapeutic materials for the Psychological Services Clinic at Washburn University. (March, 2015)

Washburn C-TEL Curriculum Development grant. Granted $1,838 for stipend and materials to develop a new practicum for the Child, Family, and Marital Treatment graduate course.(April, 2015)

Technical Assistance Program Funding. granted to Bert Nash Center.  Granted $12,850 to support Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT) training and $1,500 to purchase resources for SED youth with comorbid Pervasive
Developmental Disorders. (March/May, 2008)

Douglas County Community Foundation. granted to Bert Nash Center. Project Director, Julie Boydston, Ph.D. Granted $4,500 to support mental health assessments for young children. (May, 2008)

Office of Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prrevention of Kansas. Granted to Bert Nash Center and local Juvenile Justice and Douglas County. Project Director, Julie Boydston, Ph.D. Juvenile Justice Parental Modeling Program: Brief Strategic Family Therapy (BSFT), $65,819 for one year to implement and assess outcomes of BSFT (August, 2006)

U.S. Department of Education Grant. Granted to Bert Nash Center and partnering rural school districts of Eudora and Baldwin City. Project Director, Christina Mann, LSCSW. Integration Project to Integrate Schools and Mental Health Systems, $300, 000 over 18 months for collaboration to strengthen mental health and school system relationship. Assisted in writing grant and role as Training Director for grant.


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