KU Child & Family Services Clinic

Julie Boydston

Julie M. Boydston, Ph.D.

Ph.D from University of North Carolina at Greensboro, Greensboro, NC in Clinical Psychology, Completed internship at the University of Chicago Medical Center, Chicago, IL., Department of Psychiatry.

Research Interests
  • Dissemination of Evidence-Based Treatment Programs to community settings. 
  • Factors relevant to success in Multisystemic Treatment (MST)
  • Family factors related to children diagnosed with AD/HD and comorbid disorders.
  • The influence of family processes on children's relationships with their peers.
  • Connections between the family environment, children's conflict management with peers and their peer social status

Working at a Community Mental Health Center (CMHC), I have been able to see first hand the challenges of adopting evidence-based programs in community settings.  My primary interest at the present time is examining ways to disseminate validated programs to these settings that have several barriers to overcome.  In addition, there is a range of research topics that I have pursued over the past several years about factors, including family processes, related to disruptive behavior.

Clinical Interests

My clinical philosophy comes from a Cognitive-Behavioral (CBT) and systems framework.  I have particular interest in disruptive disorders, including assessment and treatment of Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Disorder, and Conduct Disorder.  I was trained and have supervised in the Multi-systemic Treatment of Juvenile Offenders (MST) model.  I have also recently received intensive training in the Brief Strategic Therapy (BSFT) model.  In addition, I approach all clinical cases from an evidence-based perspective, in order choose treatment strategy that has been shown to work for the client’s  presenting issue.


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. 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 new psychologists (pp. 115-126). New York: Psychology Press.

Roberts, M. C. , Brown, K. J. , & Smith-Boydston, J. M. (2003). The scientific process and publishing research. In M. C. Roberts & S. S. Ilardi (Eds.) , Handbook of research methods in clinical psychology (pp. 31-51). London: Blackwell Publishers.

Smith, J. M. , & Lassen, S. (2003). Stealing. In T. Ollendick & C. Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical child and pediatric psychology (pp. 640-642). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Smith, J. M. , & Krall, D. J. (2003). Running away. In T. Ollendick & C. Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical child and pediatric psychology (pp. 561-563). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Smith, J. M. , & Lassen, S. (2003). Delinquent behavior. In T. Ollendick & C. Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical child and pediatric psychology (pp. 158-160). New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Smith, J. M. , Shaw, S., & Witt, S. D. (2003). Community mental health centers. In T. Ollendick & C. Schroeder (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical child and pediatric psychology (pp. 127-129) New York: Kluwer/Plenum.

Anastopoulos, A. D. , Smith, J. M. , & Wien, E. E. (1998). Counseling and training parents.  In R. A. Barkley (Ed.) , Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder: A handbook for diagnosis and treatment, revised edition (pp. 373-393).  New York: Guilford Publications.

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