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Rhea Chase, PhD

Director of Early Childhood Programs

Dr. Rhea Chase is the Director of Early Childhood Programs at Judge Baker Children’s Center and a staff clinician at the Center for Effective Child Therapy. She joined the team in 2016 after serving as an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health Sciences at Duke University Medical Center from 2009 - 2016. She obtained her Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida and completed her predoctoral internship at Duke University Medical Center in 2008.

Dr. Chase specializes in Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and effective prevention and treatment programs for families with young children with behavioral health concerns, including both internalizing and externalizing disorders. Specifically, her work focuses on the dissemination of evidence based treatments to traditionally underserved populations and the translation and sustainability of evidence-based treatments in community settings. Dr. Chase served as a lead clinical faculty for PCIT of the Carolinas, a training program focused on the spread of PCIT to community agencies throughout North and South Carolina. She is a Master Trainer endorsed by PCIT International and is highly active in the PCIT community, acting as Secretary on the PCIT Board of Directors and as a member of the PCIT International training task force.

Dr. Chase has also become interested in the dissemination and adaptation of evidence based treatments to low income countries, and is currently working on a parenting intervention in Liberia. A major goal of her work is to identify factors that lead to the improved quality of behavioral health care for young children and their families and the prevention and treatment of child abuse and neglect, particularly in community settings that service traditionally underserved populations. She is actively involved in intervention research, training of clinicians in evidence-based parenting programs, and direct clinical service.