Michael C. Roberts, Ph.D., ABPP

College of Liberal Arts and Sciences - Clinical Child Psychology Program
Professor Emeritus
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2014
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045


Michael C. Roberts, Ph.D., ABPP received his doctorate from Purdue University and completed his clinical internship at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (Children's Memorial Hospital). After rising through the professorial ranks at the University of Alabama, he joined the University of Kansas to start the Clinical Child Psychology Program with faculty colleagues and staff.

Dr. Roberts has published over 200 journal articles and book chapters revolving around the application of psychology to understanding and influencing children's physical and mental health. He frequently co-authors with students and graduates.

He has authored or co-edited over 20 books, including Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (now in 5th edition; 2017); Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology; Specialty Competencies in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Handbook of Research Methods in Clinical Psychology; Handbook of Mental Health Services for Children, Adolescents, and Families; Handbook of Evidence-Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents; Prevention of Problems in Childhood; and Helping Children Cope with Disasters and Terrorism. Clinical Practice of Pediatric Psychology: Cases and Service Delivery, was published in 2014.

Teaching Interests

  • Child Development
  • Clinical child and adolescent psychology
  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Applied developmental psychology
  • Advanced child development and behavior
  • Research methodology
  • Consultation, supervision, and administration


Current interests and activities on Dr. Roberts' research team include:

1. children's and parents' perceptions of pediatric and psychological conditions and treatments; treatment adherence issues; team science in research and clinical settings

2. program evaluation and mental health service delivery (psychotherapeutic outcomes);

3. consulting with the World Health Organization on the revision of the International Classification of Diseases-10 focusing on the chapter for mental and behavioral codes; conducting literature searches; designing and conducting formative research projects on the architecture, organization, and content of the ICD classification system (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO);

4. professional psychology issues: education and training; recognition of clinical child psychology as a specialty and specialty competencies; mentoring; professional development; technology; professional psychology ethics; advocacy.

5. historical developments in pediatric and clinical child psychology

Research Interests

  • Pediatric psychology and clinical child and adolescent psychology
  • Program evaluation
  • Professional issues in psychology
  • Training and education
  • Classification of disorders by the ICD


Currently Associate Editor of the American Psychologist published by APA, he is completing a term as the Editor of the APA/APPIC journal, Training and Education of Professional Psychology, Dr. Roberts has served as the editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice; Journal of Pediatric Psychology; Children's Health Care; and Children's Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice; and as Associate Editor for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He is the editor of the book series, Issues in Clinical Child Psychology, with Springer (formerly Plenum/Kluwer).

Dr. Roberts has been president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the APA Section on Clinical Child Psychology, and chair of the APA Board of Educational Affairs and the APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, and on the APA Board of Professional Affairs. He served two terms as chair of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology and was the Society of Pediatric Psychology representative to the APA Council of Representatives and APA representative to the American Academy of Pediatrics. He was Chair of the APA Council of Editors. He has served on grant review panels including a study section for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Behavioral Medicine Study Section of NIH. Roberts is the former chair of the Interdivisional Task Force for Children's Mental Health. He served as President of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37 of the APA) and was President of the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Selected Publications

Guler, J., Roberts, M. C., Medina-Mora, M. E., Robles, R., Gureje, O., Keeley, J. W., Kogan, C., Sharan, P., Khoury, B., Pike, K. M., Kulygina, M., Krasnov, V. N., Matsumoto, C., Stein, D., Zhao, M., Maruta, T., & Reed, G. M. (in press). Global collaborative team performance for the revision of the International Classification of Diseases: A case study of the World Health Organization Field Studies Coordination Group. [Funcionamiento del equipo global de colaboración para la revisión de la Clasificación Internacional de Enfermedades: Un estudio de caso del Grupo de coordinación de estudios de campo de la Organización Mundial de la Salud.] International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology.

Lantz, E. D., Keeley, J. W., Roberts, M. C., Medina-Mora, M. E., Sharan, P., & Reed, G. M. (in press). Card sorting data collection methodology: How many participants is most efficient? Journal of Classification.

Reed, G. M., Sharan, P., Rebello, T. J., Keeley, J. W., Medina-Mora, M. E., Gureje, O., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Kanba, S., Khoury, B., Kogan, C. S., Krasnov, V. N., Maj, M., Mari, J. d. J., Stein, D. J., Zhao, M., Akiyama, T., Andrews, H. F., Asevedo, E., Cheour, M., Dominquez-Martinez, T., El-Khoury, J., Fiorillo, A., Grenier, J., Gupta, N., Kola, L., Kulygina, M., Leal-Leturia, I., Luciano, M., Lusu, B., Martinez-Lopez, J. Nicolas I., Matsumoto, C., Onofa, L. U., Paterniti, S., Purnima, S., Robles, R., Sahu, M. K., Sibeko, G., Zhong, N., First, M. B., Gaebel, W., Lovell, A. M., Maruta, T., Roberts, M. C., & Pike, K. M. (2018). The ICD-11 developmental field study of reliability of diagnoses of high-burden mental disorders: Results among adult patients in mental health settings of 13 countries. World Psychiatry, 17(2), 174-186. doi: 10.1002/wps.20524

Shadlow, J. O., Roberts, M. C., & Cosgrove, K. T. (2018). Repressive adaptive style across ethnicities. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 27(5), 1525-1533. doi.org/10.1007/s10826-017-0996-x

Evans, S. C., Amaro, C. M., Herbert, R., Blossom, J. B., & Roberts, M. C. (2018). "Are you gonna publish that?" Peer-reviewed publication outcomes of doctoral dissertations in psychology. PLOS ONE, 32(1), e0192219. doi.org/10.1371/journal.pone.0192219

Canter, K. S., Roberts, M. C., & Davis, A. M. (2017). The role of health behaviors and food insecurity in predicting fruit and vegetable intake in low-income children. Children's Health Care, 46(2), 131-150. doi:10.1080/02739615.2015.1124772

Roberts, M. C., Blossom, J. B., Evans, S. C., Amaro, C. M., & Kanine, R. M. (2017). Advancing the scientific foundation for evidence-based practice in clinical child and adolescent psychology. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46(6), 915-928. doi:10.1080/15374416.2016.1152554

Amaro, C. M., & Roberts, M. C. (2017). An evaluation of a dollar-for-dollar match program at farmers' markets for families using Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26, 2790-2796. doi:10.1007/s10826-017-0779-4

Blossom, J. B., & Roberts, M. C. (2017). Assessment and intervention for anxiety in pediatric primary care: A systematic review. Evidence-Based Practice in Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 2(2), 68-81. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/23794925.2017.134106

Evans, S. C., Burke, J. D., Roberts, M. C., Fite, P. J., Lochman, J. E., de la Pena, F. R., & Reed, G. M. (2017). Irritability in child and adolescent psychopathology: An integrative review for ICD-11. Clinical Psychology Review, 53, 29-45. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2017.01.004

Beals-Erickson, S. E., & Roberts, M. C. (2016). Youth development program participation and changes in help-seeking intentions. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(5), 1634-1645. doi:doi.org/10.1007/s10826-015-0342-0

Keeley, J. W., Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Evans, S. C., Robles, R., Matsumoto, C., Brewin, C. R., Cloitre, M., Perkonigg, A., Rousseau, C., Gureje, O., Lovell, A. M., Sharan, P., & Maercker, A. (2016). Disorders specifically associated with stress: A case-controlled field study for ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 16(2), 109-127. doi:doi:10.1016/j.ijchp.2015.09.002

Keeley, J. W., Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Evans, S. C., Medina-Mora, M. E. M., Robles, R., Rebello, T. J., Sharan, P., Gureje, O., First, M. B., Andrews, H. F., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Gaebel, W., Zielasek, J., & Saxena, S. (2016). Developing a science of clinical utility in diagnostic classification systems: Field study strategies for ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders. American Psychologist, 3-10. doi:10.1037/a0039972

Odar Stough, C., Dreyer Gillette, M., Roberts, M. C., Jorgensen, T., & Patton, S. R. (2015). Mealtime behaviors associated with consumption of unfamiliar foods by young children with autism spectrum disorder. Appetite, 95, 324-333. doi:10.1016/j.appet.2015.07.019

Shadlow, J. O., Boles, R. E., Roberts, M. C., & Winston, L. (2015). Native American children and their reports of hope: Construct validation of the Children's Hope Scale. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(6), 1707-1714. doi:10.1007/s10826-014-9974-8

Evans, S. C., Roberts, M. C., Keeley, J. W., Blossom, J. B., Amaro, C. M., Garcia, A. M., Odar Stough, C., Canter, K. S., Robles, R., & Reed, G. M. (2015). Vignette methodologies for studying clinicians’ decision-making: Validity, utility, and application in ICD-11 field studies [Metodología basada en viñetas para el estudio de toma de decisiones clínicas: Validez, utilidad y aplicación en los estudios de campo de la CIE-11]. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 15(2), 160-170. doi:10.1016/j.ijchp.2014.12.001

Robles, R., Fresán, A., Medina-Mora, M. E., Roberts, M. C., Mari, J., Matsumoto, C., Maruta, T., Gureje, O., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Xiao, Z., & Reed, G. M. (2015). Categories that should be removed from mental disorders classifications: Perspectives and rationales of clinicians from eight countries. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71, 267-281. doi:10.1002/jclp.22145

Selected Awards & Honors

Dr. Roberts is the recipient of the Nicholas Hobbs Award from the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, the recipient of the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training, the Levin Award for Mentoring from the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the Beverly Thorn Award for Outstanding DCT Service, and the APA Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award. He received the John C. Wright Graduate Mentoring Award from the University of Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences. In 2018, Dean Roberts was recognized by the American Board of Professional Psychology for "Distinguished Service to the Profession."


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