Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor
Dr. Lauren Quetsch, is a Clinical Psychologist and an Assistant Professor at the University of Arkansas in the Department of Psychological Sciences. She received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology with a specialization in children and families from West Virginia University in Morgantown. Her research and clinical interests focus on providing treatments for families of children with aggressive and defiant behaviors. In particular, Dr. Quetsch is passionate about helping families of children on the autism spectrum gain effective tools for strengthening the parent-child relationship and reducing child behavior problems. Furthermore, her recent work has focused on exploring the intersectionality of neurodiversity and historically marginalized identities and how these impact the rate and timeliness of autism diagnoses, family experiences with racism and prejudice in autism-based treatments, and the presence of autism stigma in minoritized populations and cultures. Dr. Quetsch has expertise in a family-focused treatment called Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and has been a PCIT certified within-agency trainer since 2018. Dr. Quetsch’s training experiences include training groups of mental health therapists, community behavioral health providers, and clinical psychology doctoral graduate students. Dr. Quetsch has combined her interests through adapting evidence-based treatments for autistic youth in her research and clinical practice, and has even co-edited a book entitled, & Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for Children on the Autism Spectrum. Additionally, she co-wrote a parenting book, & Good Enough Parenting: A Six-Point Plan for a Stronger Relationship with Your Child and a practitioner's therapeutic guide, & Working with Parents of Aggressive Children: A Practitioner Guide. She recently was awarded the Arkansas Psychological Association’s Academician/Researcher of the Year Award (2021) as well as the Robert and Sandra Connor Endowed Faculty Fellowship (2022). She has received grants for expanding autism support services, exploring family utilization of emergency services for their autistic youth, investigating racism in diagnostic and treatment services for Black families of autistic children, and studying aggression in autistic youth across development.