David Castro-Blanco, PhD, ABPP, is the director of the
doctoral program in clinical psychology at the Adler School of
Professional Psychology in Chicago, where he also teaches courses
on cognitive-behavioral intervention and research design.
He received his doctorate in clinical psychology at St. John's University in New York and completed a National Institute of Mental Health-sponsored postdoctoral fellowship at New York State Psychiatric Institute, where he specialized in adolescent suicide prevention.
His research focuses on identifying and treating anxiety in young people and enhancing treatment engagement with adolescents at risk for treatment dropout. He has written extensively on mental health issues facing college students and young adults, and he has developed a treatment manual and protocol combining mindfulness meditation practice and study skills training for students experiencing academic anxiety.
Before joining the faculty at the Adler School, Dr. Castro-Blanco served on the psychology faculties of the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine, Long Island University, and St. John's University. In addition, he served as a senior clinician at the American Institute for Cognitive Therapy in New York for 2 years.
He holds the Diploma in Clinical Psychology from the American Board of Professional Psychology and has served as an editor or reviewer for several professional journals.
Marc S. Karver, PhD, is a licensed clinical psychologist and an associate professor of psychology at the University of South Florida, Tampa. He received his doctorate in clinical psychology from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tennessee.
His research interests include the evaluation and improvement of the quality of real-world mental health services for children and adolescents. He has focused on addressing the three areas that define quality mental health services: structure (characteristics of health organizations and service delivery systems that lead to positive outcomes--e.g., prevention services increasing access to mental health services), measurement of treatment processes (what goes on inside of mental health services that leads to positive outcomes), and outcomes (both positive and maladaptive).
His work has focused on studying the provision of mental health prevention and intervention services to at-risk populations, such as suicidal adolescents. He has a number of highly cited publications focused on the measurement of treatment engagement processes.
Dr. Karver has designed or collaborated on numerous studies involving assessment, treatment decisions, intervention, or prevention services delivered to suicidal youths. His research has been supported by the National Institute of Mental Health and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration.