Thomas R. Kratochwill

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Thomas R. Kratochwill is the Sears-Bascom Professor of School Psychology at the University of Wisconsin–Madison, where he directs the School Psychology Program. He is also Director of the Educational and Psychological Training Center, an interdisciplinary unit for applied training for Counseling Psychology, Rehabilitation Psychology and Special Education, and School Psychology. He co-directs (with Hugh Johnston, MD) the Child and Adolescent Mental Health and Education Resource Center and is a member of the Coordinating Committee of the Prevention Science Program.

University of Wisconsin–Madison Public university in Wisconsin, USA

The University of Wisconsin–Madison is a public research university in Madison, Wisconsin. Founded when Wisconsin achieved statehood in 1848, UW–Madison is the official state university of Wisconsin, and the flagship campus of the University of Wisconsin System. It was the first public university established in Wisconsin and remains the oldest and largest public university in the state. It became a land-grant institution in 1866. The 933-acre (378 ha) main campus, located on the shores of Lake Mendota, includes four National Historic Landmarks. The University also owns and operates a historic 1,200-acre (486 ha) arboretum established in 1932, located 4 miles (6.4 km) south of the main campus.

His research interests are primarily in the area of diagnosis, assessment, and treatment of child psychopathology. Particular interests include the application of mediator-based (parent and teacher) treatments in schools for the prevention and treatment of childhood problems and training psychologists in consultation and therapy.

Other research interests include assessment and treatment of childhood anxiety and related disorders (e.g., selective mutism, phobias) as well as psychopharmacological treatments for these problems.

Kratochwill's teaching interests include evidence-based prevention and interventions, consultation, applied research, and single-case research design.

He is founding editor of the journal School Psychology Quarterly. He is editor of Advances in School Psychology (annual research series), and associate editor of Behavior Therapy, Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis , and School Psychology Review.

The Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis (JABA) is a quarterly peer-reviewed academic journal which publishes empirical research related to applied behavior analysis. It was established in 1968 and is published by Wiley-Blackwell on behalf of the Society for the Experimental Analysis of Behavior. The editor-in-chief is Gregory P. Hanley.


Kratochwill earned his Ph.D. from the University of Wisconsin–Madison in 1973.

Awards and honors

Kratochwill's research has received recognition from national and state organizations, most recently the American Psychological Association's (APA) Distinguished Contribution to Education and Training in Psychology Award.

American Psychological Association scientific and professional organization

The American Psychological Association (APA) is the largest scientific and professional organization of psychologists in the United States, with around 117,500 members including scientists, educators, clinicians, consultants, and students. The APA has an annual budget of around $115m. There are 54 divisions of the APA—interest groups covering different subspecialties of psychology or topical areas.

In 1995 he received an award for Outstanding Contributions to the Advancement of Scientific Knowledge in Psychology from the Wisconsin Psychological Association and was awarded the Senior Scientist Award from APA Division 16. The Wisconsin Psychological Association selected his research for its Margaret Bernauer Psychology Research Award and in 1995, 2001, and 2002 the APA Division 16 journal School Psychology Quarterly selected one of his articles as best research of the year.

He received the Distinguished Service Award from the School of Education at the University of Wisconsin–Madison and in 2005 received the Jack I. Bardon Distinguished Achievement Award from APA Division 16.

In 1977 he received the APA's Lightner Witner Award and in 1981 was awarded the Outstanding Research Contributions Award from the Arizona State Psychological Association.

He was selected as the founding editor of the APA Division 16 journal School Psychology Quarterly from 1984 to 1992. He is Past President of the Society for the Study of School Psychology and Co-Chair (with Kimberly Hoagwood) of the Task Force on Evidence-Based Interventions in School Psychology.

He serves on the APA BEA Task Force on Translating Psychological Science into Classroom Practice and the APA Task Force on Evidence-Based Practice for Children and Adolescents.

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