Ricardo Eiraldi, PhD

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Professor CE of Pediatrics (Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics)
Department: Pediatrics

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Children's Hospital of Philadelphia
Roberts Center for Pediatric Research
2716 South Street, Suite 8293, 8th Floor
Philadelphia, PA 19146
Office: (215) 590-7759
Fax: (267) 425-2062; (267) 425-1063
BA (Psychology, magna cum laude)
Temple University, 1990.
Ph.D. (Clinical Psychology)
Hahnemann University, 1995.
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Description of Research Expertise

I am a Children's Hospital of Philadelphia-based faculty in the Department of Pediatrics and Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania.

My research and scholarship centers on the study of barriers and facilitators of service utilization for ethnically diverse children and families and the development of strategies to address disparities in inner city and rural public schools. The main focus of my work during the past eight years has been on the development and implementation of school-wide programs for the prevention and treatment of externalizing (disruptive behavior, aggression, conduct problems) and internalizing mental disorders (anxiety, depression) in school children.

In 2003, I received a K23 grant from the National Institutes of Mental Health (NIMH) with a focus on developing a patient-oriented career. My study focused on understanding the clinical presentation of attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder in ethnically diverse children in urban communities. In 2008, I received an R18 grant from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to develop and pilot test Project ACCESS, a school-wide positive behavior support program with mental health support, in two large schools in North Philadelphia. In 2012, the National Institute of Child Health and Development (NICHD) awarded me an R01 grant to test two levels of support for the implementation of Project ACCESS in six schools. In 2016, NIMH awarded me an R01 grant to test the effectiveness of two group cognitive behavioral therapy protocols for anxiety disorders in 36 schools and two support strategies for clinicians: train the trainer vs. train the trainer plus consultation.

Description of Clinical Expertise

My clinical expertise is in the assessment and treatment of attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children and adolescent, particularly with low-income ethnically diverse children.

Description of Other Expertise

Selected Publications

Takeda, T., Nissley-Tsiopinis, J., Nanda, N., & Eiraldi, R. : Factors associated with discrepancy in parent-teacher reporting of symptoms of ADHD in a large clinic-referred sample of children. Journal of Attention Disorders Page: DOI: 10.1177, Jun 2016 Notes: epub.

Schwartz, B., Khanna, M., Keiffer, J., Mautone, J., Jawad, A., & Eiraldi R.: Evaluation of training methods for implementation of evidence-based practice in urban schools. Annual Conference of the Anxiety and Depression Association of America, Philadelphia, PA April 2016 Notes: Podium.

Eiraldi, R., Schwartz, B., Keiffer, J., Khanna, M., McCurdy, B., Power, T., Mautone, J., Abraham, M., & Jawad, A. : Variations in Fidelity of Group CBT by Type of Support for Interventionists. 13th International Conference on PBS, San Francisco, CA March 2016 Notes: Podium.

Eiraldi, R., Power, T., Schwartz, B., Keiffer, J., McCurdy, B., Mathen, M. & Jawad, A.F. : Examining Effectiveness of Group Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Externalizing and Internalizing Disorders in Urban Schools. Behavior Modification 40(4): 611-39, July 2016.

Eiraldi, R., McCurdy, B., Schwartz, B., & Keiffer, J. : Examining effectiveness of SWPBIS with mental health supports in urban schools. 8th Annual Conference on the Science of Dissemination and Implementation, Washington, DC December 2015.

Eiraldi, R., Benjamin Wolk, C., Locke, J., Beidas, R.: Clearing Hurdles: The Challenges of Implementation of Mental Health Evidence-Based Practices in Urban Schools. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion 8(3): 124-145, 2015.

Keiffer J., Schwartz, B.S., Mautone J., & Eiraldi, R.: A cluster randomized trial to evaluate implementation methods through consultation and coaching in urban school settings. 48th Annual Association of Behavior and Cognitive Therapies Conference, Chicago, IL. November 2015.

Mautone, J.A., McCurdy, B., Schwartz, B.S., Khanna, M., Ritvalsky, K., & Eiraldi, R.B.: Implementation of evidence-based practices in urban schools: Project ACCESS. Annual Convention of the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP), Orlando, FL. February 2015.

Eiraldi, R., McCurdy, B., Khanna, K., Mautone, J., Jawad, A.F., Power, T., Cidav, Z., Cacia, J., and Sugai, G. A. : Cluster Randomized Trial to Evaluate External Support for the Implementation of Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports by School Personnel. Implementation Science 9(12): DOI: 10.1186, January 2014 Notes: epub.

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