Julie Kaplow, Ph.D.
Vice Chair for Behavioral Health and Head of Psychology, Baylor College of Medicine
Director, Trauma and Grief Center and Chief of Psychology, Texas Children’s Hospital
Monday, Nov. 18, 2019 • 12:15 PM–2:15 PM
Julie Kaplow, PhD, ABPP, is a licensed clinical psychologist and board certified in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. She holds primary appointments as Associate Professor, Head of Psychology, and Vice Chair for Behavioral Health in the Department of Pediatrics at Baylor College of Medicine in Houston. She also holds the Shannon and Mark A. Wallace Endowed Chair for Pediatric Behavioral Health and serves as Chief of Psychology at Texas Children’s Hospital. Dr. Kaplow is Director of the Texas Children’s Trauma and Grief (TAG) Center, a designated Treatment and Service Adaptation Center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, specializing in childhood trauma and bereavement. In this role, she oversees evidence-based assessment, treatment, and research with traumatized and bereaved youth and families, and develops and disseminates trauma- and bereavement-informed “best practices” to community providers nationwide. Following Hurricane Harvey, Dr. Kaplow established the Harvey Resiliency and Recovery Program to provide evidence-based risk screening and interventions to children and families adversely affected by Hurricane Harvey and its aftermath. She also helped to establish the Santa Fe Resiliency Center following the Santa Fe High School shooting, where her TAG Center staff provide evidence-based assessment and treatment to families who were impacted by the shooting. Dr. Kaplow received her PhD in Clinical Psychology from Duke University and completed her internship at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School. She then completed specialized postdoctoral training in childhood trauma at the Center for Medical and Refugee Trauma at Boston Medical Center. A strong proponent of a scientist-practitioner approach, Dr. Kaplow’s primary research interests focus on the biological, behavioral, and psychological consequences of childhood trauma and bereavement, with an emphasis on therapeutically modifiable factors that can be used to inform interventions. Dr. Kaplow has published widely on the topics of childhood trauma and grief. She is lead author of the award-winning children’s book, Samantha Jane’s Missing Smile: A Story About Coping with the Loss of a Parent, lead author of Multidimensional Grief Therapy, co-author of Collaborative Treatment of Traumatized Children and Teens: The Trauma Systems Therapy Approach, and co-author of Trauma and Grief Component Therapy for Adolescents. She has served as a consultant to the DSM-5 Sub-Work Group on Persistent Complex Bereavement Disorder, the ICD-11 Work Group on Disorders Associated with Stress (PTSD and Prolonged Grief), the National Academy of Sciences (Scientific Advisory Council on Child Death), and more recently, the Mass Violence and Children Working Group of the FBI.