To provide state-of-the art mental health care to children and adolescents with a history of child maltreatment and trauma through the use of Empirically Based Treatment and empirically guided assessments.
Current interests include: treatment of child physical and sexual abuse, disruptive behaviors; developmental assessment of maltreated children, self-injurious behaviors in adolescents, and early intervention.
Current research interests are in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and dissemination of Empirically Based Treatments.
Child Protection Center
B.A., UC Davis, Davis CA 1992
Ph.D., Alliant University-CSPP, Alameda CA 1998
UC Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento CA 1998
Alta California Regional Center, Sacramento CA 1999
UC Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento CA 1999
Urquiza AJ, Zebell N, Blacker D. Innovation and Integration: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy as Play Therapy. Athena Drewes (Ed). Cognitive-behavioral therapy approaches to play therapy, Wiley Sons, New York. 2009:199-218.
Urquiza AJ, Blacker DM. Clinical Assessment of Maltreated Children. Talley PF (Ed.). Handbook for the Treatment of Abused and Neglected Children, Allyn and Bacon. 2005.
Kalich L, Carmichael BD, Masson T, Blacker D, Urquiza,A. Evaluating the Evaluator: Guidelines for Legal Professionals in Assessing the Competency of Evaluations in Termination of Parental Right Cases. J Psychiatry Law. 2007 Sep 1;35(3):365-397. doi:10.1177/009318530703500307.
Dombrowski SC, Timmer SG, Blacker DM, Urquiza AJ.A Positive Behavioral Intervention for Toddlers: Parent-Child Attunement Therapy. Child Abuse Review. 2005 Mar;14:132-151.
Sedlar G, Blacker D. Pre-doctoral Internship Training in Child Maltreatment and Family Violence: One Training Model. APPIC Newsletter. 2002 Mar 15:36.
Waller NG, Bouchard TJ, Lykken DT, Tellegen A, Blacker D. Creativity, heritability, familiarity: Which word does not belong? Psychological Inquiry. 1992;4:235-237.