Professor Laura Gale McKee pursued graduate training in clinical psychology at the University of Vermont, completed a predoctoral internship at the University of North Carolina School of Medicine, and earned a Ph.D. before serving as a postdoctoral fellow at the Carolina Consortium on Human Development.
Current Research and Teaching
Broadly, her research examines the development of internalizing psychopathology (e.g., depression and anxiety) in at-risk children and adolescents. She has focused on the impact of parenting style and behaviors on the development of depression among African American youth from single mother headed families, youth with chronically ill mothers, and children of depressed caregivers. In addition, she is also committed to the translation of basic research findings into intervention and prevention programs and the dissemination of information to parents, teachers, community agencies, health care providers and policy makers. She has contributed to several family-based preventive interventions, including a prevention trial for children of depressed parents and a prevention manual for children at risk for obesity. Professor McKee’s clinical interests range from parent management training (therapy for parents with noncompliant and aggressive children) to work with children and adolescents who have experienced traumatic events.