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Erik Hood, MS

Psychology Intern

Erik Hood is a Psychology Intern at The Center for Effective Child Therapy and The Manville School at Judge Baker Children’s Center.  Erik is a Doctoral Candidate in the Counseling Psychology Ph.D. program at Northeastern University.  He holds a M.S. in Mental Health Counseling from Husson University and a B.A in Psychology from Bates College.

Erik’s broad clinical experiences include a range of settings such as adolescent psychiatric inpatient, childhood primary care, and specialty treatment clinics focused on treating childhood feeding problems.  His most recent work involved group-based and individual work with at-risk and vulnerable youth including justice-involved, non-incarcerated adolescent females and children involved in the Rhode Island foster care system.  He was introduced to Judge Baker Children’s Center when he completed a summer as a Graduate Counselor for Camp Baker working with children diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) and other externalizing disorders.  Erik’s primary clinical orientation is rooted in Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (CBT), and he also incorporates elements from Dialectical Behavior Therapy (DBT) and a focus on understanding the multiple interacting systems surrounding a child or adolescent.

In addition to clinical work, Erik’s research broadly focuses on the role of self-regulation as a mechanism of youth problem behaviors such as substance use, aggression, and risky sexual behaviors.  Most recently, he worked on multiple federally funded projects aimed at developing and testing interventions to prevent adolescent dating violence and sexual risk among juvenile justice involved females and early adolescent middle school boys.  His dissertation looks at the association between self-regulation and adolescent dating violence among juvenile justice involved adolescent females as well as the distribution of dating violence risk among this vulnerable group. Erik has presented his work at national and international conferences, and is a member of the Society for Research on Adolescents (SRA) and the Society for Prevention Research (SPR).