Kurt D. Michael

Dr. Michael is interested in working with a new doctoral student in the Fall of 2019. Click here for more information regarding the Clinical Psychology Psy.D. program.


Websitehttp://carolinanetwork.org/

PI-Project Director: ASC Center University-School Partnerships; WATCH VIDEO about the ASC Center

High Country Help Website for Youth in Crisis: www.highcountryhelp.com

Associate Editor: Journal of Child and Family Studies

Co-Founder: Carolina Network for School Mental Health

Course Resources

Research Interests

  • Child and adolescent psychopathology
  • School mental health
  • Suicide prevention
  • Rural service delivery
  • Depression and anxiety
  • Substance abuse disorders
  • Meta-analysis
  • Psychotherapy outcome

My program of research is in the area of child and adolescent psychopathology, broadly construed. I also have a strong methodological interest in assessing psychotherapy outcome. For example, I have completed several meta-analytic studies designed to assess outcome broadly over time and across various types of treatment trials. My most prominent current research (and clinical) endeavor is school mental health (SMH), especially as it pertains to the provision of services in rural areas and the prevention of major public health problems (e.g., suicide) that impact youth. Since 2006, I have been involved in developing and implementing SMH projects around the region which are embedded within schools. The projects, entitled Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Centers now serve between 5% and 10% of the student population in Watauga, Ashe, and Alleghany County High Schools. These projects are major SMH training sites for Psychology graduate students as well as students from Social Work and Marriage and Family Therapy. There are also several pertinent empirical projects associated with the ASC Center, including serial program evaluations, epidemiological surveillance, and community-based participatory research. The University-School Partnerships are funded through various sponsors and contracts, including the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction and many of those involved are active in SMH networks and professional affiliations around the country, including the Mental Health Education Integration Consortium (MHEDIC), the Center for School Mental Health, and the Carolina Network for School Mental Health. As mentioned earlier, we are heavily involved in the regional efforts to prevent and intervene with teenagers who are at risk for suicide, including the development of a systematic method of surveillance and assessment in the schools called the Prevention of Escalating Adolescent Crisis Events (PEACE) Protocol. The PEACE protocol has been adapted for use in other communities around the country, including Montana, where existing resources and professional expertise are interconnected within each area. See Montana Suicide Awareness and Training Act, HB 374.

Education

  • Clinical Psychology Internship, 1999, Duke University Medical Center
  • Ph.D., 1999, Utah State University, Psychology
  • M.S., 1997, Utah State University, Psychology
  • B.A., 1988, University of Colorado at Boulder, Psychology, cum laude

Representative Publications

* = student author

Michael, K.D., & Jameson, J.P. (Eds.) Handbook of rural school mental health (2017). New York, NY: Springer. Ordering Info [PDF]

Michael, K.D., Jameson, J.P., & *Capps, E. (2017). Preface: Making the case for rural school mental health.  In K.D. Michael, & J.P. Jameson (Eds.) Handbook of rural school mental health. New York, NY: Springer.

Belhumeur, J., Butts, E., Michael, K.D., Zieglowsky, S.,DeCoteau, D., Four Bear, D., Crawford, C., Gourneau, R., Bighorn, E., Ryan, K., & Farber, L. (2017). Adapting crisis intervention protocols: Rural and tribal voices from Montana. In K.D. Michael, & J.P. Jameson (Eds.) Handbook of rural school mental health. New York, NY: Springer.

*Orlando, C., *Albright Bode, A., Michael, K.D. (2017). Depression and rural school mental health: Best practices. In K.D. Michael, & J.P. Jameson (Eds.) Handbook of rural school mental health. New York, NY: Springer.

Michael, K.D., George, M. W., *Splett, J. W., Jameson, JP, *Sale, R., *Bode, A. A., Iachini, A. L., Taylor, L. K., & Weist, M. D. (2016). Preliminary outcomes of a multi-site, school-based modular intervention for adolescents experiencing mood difficulties.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(6), 1903-1915.

Cipriani A, Zhou X, Del Giovane C, Hetrick SE, Qin B, Whittington C, Coghill D, Zhang Y, Hazell P, Leucht S, Cuijpers P, Pu J, Cohen D,Ravindran AV, Liu Y, Michael KD, Yang L, Liu L, Xie P. (2016). Comparative efficacy and tolerability of antidepressants for major depression in children and adolescents: a network meta-analysis. The Lancet, 388(10047), 881-90.

Michael, K.D., Jameson, JP, *Sale, R., Orlando, C., *Schorr, M., *Brazille, M., Stevens, A., & Massey, C. (2015). A revision and extension of the Prevention of Escalating Adolescent Crisis Events (PEACE) protocol. Children and Youth Services Review, 59, 57-62.

Daly, B., Jameson, JP, Patterson, F., *McCurdy, M., *Kirk, A., & Michael, K. D. (2015). Sleep duration, adolescent mental health and substance use among rural adolescents: Developmental correlates. Journal of Rural Mental Health, 39, 108-122.

*Zhou, X., Hetrick, S. E., Cuijpers, P., Qin, B., Barth, J., Whittington, C., Cohen, D., Del Giovane, C., Liu, Y, Michael, K.D.,Zhang, Y., Weisz, J., & Xie, P. (2015).  efficacy and acceptability of psychotherapies for depression in children and adolescents: A systematic review and network meta-analysis. World Psychiatry, 14, 207-222

Qin, B., *Zhou, X., Michael, K.D., Liu, Y, Whittington, C., Cohen, D., Zhang, Y., & Xie, P. (2015). Psychotherapy for depression in children and adolescents: Study protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. British Medical Journal Open, 5. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2014-005918

*Zhou, X., Qin, B., Whittington, C., Cohen, D., Liu, Y., Del Giovane, C., Michael, K.D., Zhang, Y., & Xie, P. (2015). Comparative efficacy and acceptability of first- and newer-generation antidepressants for depressive disorders in children and adolescents: Study protocol for a systematic review and network meta-analysis. British Medical Journal Open, 5. doi: 10.1136/bmjopen-2015-007768

*Orlando, C. M., Broman-Fulks, J. J., Whitlock, J., Curtin, L., & Michael, K. D. (2015).  Non-suicidal self-injury and suicidal self-injury: A taxometric investigation. Behavior Therapy.

*Eddy, L. D., Canu, W. H., Broman-Fulks, J. J., & Michael, K. D. (2015). Brief cognitive behavioral therapy for college students with ADHD: A case series report. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 22, 17-30.

*Zhou, X., Michael, K.D., Liu, Y., Del Giovane, C., Qin, B., Cohen, D., Gentile, S., & Xie, P. (2014). Systematic review of management for treatment-resistant depression in adolescents.  BioMed Central Psychiatry, 14, 340.

Sulkowski, M. L., & Michael, K. D. (2014). Meeting the mental health needs of homeless students in schools: A multi-tiered system of support framework. Children and Youth Services Review, 44, 145-151.

*Splett, J. W., Michael, K. D., Minard, C., Stevens, R., Johnson, L., Reynolds, H., *Farber, K., & Weist, M.W. (2014). State of the Carolinas: Implementing school mental health and positive behavioral interventions and supports. Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 14, 87-94.

*Stevens, A., & Michael, K.D. (2014). Trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy applied to childhood traumatic grief in the aftermath of a motor-vehicle accident: A school-based case study. Clinical Case Studies, 13, 405-422.

*Sale, R., Michael, K.D., Egan, T., *Stevens, A., & Massey, C. (2014). Low base rate, high impact: Responding to teen suicidal threat in rural Appalachia. Report on Emotional & Behavioral Disorders in Youth, 14(1), 4-8.

Michael, K. D., *Albright, A., Jameson, J.P., *Sale, R., Massey, C. S.,  *Kirk, A., & Egan, T.E. (2013). Does cognitive-behavioral therapy in the context of a rural school mental health program have an impact on academic outcomes? Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 6, 247-262.

Michael, K. D., Bernstein, S., Owens, J., *Albright, A., & Anderson-Butcher, D. (2014). Preparing school mental health professionals: Competencies in interdisciplinary and cross-systems collaboration. In Weist, M., Lever, N, Bradshaw, C., & Owens, J. (Eds.) Handbook of school mental health (2nd Edition), 31-43.

*Albright, A., Michael, K. D., Massey, C. S., *Sale, R., *Kirk, A., & Egan, T.E. (2013). An evaluation of an interdisciplinary rural school mental health program in Appalachia. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 6, 189-202.

Canu, W. H., *Tabor, L. S., Michael, K. D., Bazzini, D. G., & Elmore, A. L. (2013). Young adult romantic couples' conflict resolution and satisfaction varies with partner's ADHD Type. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12018

Owens, J. S., *Watabe, Y., & Michael, K.D. (2013). Culturally responsive school mental health in rural communities. In: Clauss-Ehlers, C. S., Serpell, Z., & Weist, M. D. (Eds.) Handbook of culturally responsive school mental health: Advancing research, training, practice, and policy, 31-42.

Michael, K. D., Payne-Smith, L. O., & *Albright, A. (2012). An adaptation of the Coping Cat Program: The successful treatment of a 6 year-old boy with generalized anxiety disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 11, 426-440.

Michael, K.D. (2011). Most adolescents achieve longer term remission from major depressive disorder regardless of type of short-term second-line treatment: Commentary. Evidence Based Mental Health, 14 (3), 85.

*Barnard, K., Broman-Fulks, J.J., Michael, K.D., Webb, R.M., *Zawilinski, L.L. (2011). The effects of physiological arousal on cognitive and psychomotor performance among individuals with high and low anxiety sensitivity. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping, 201-216.

Michael, K.D., Renkert, L., Winek, J. & *Massey, C. (2010). So you don't just take babies? Debunking discipline-specific stereotypes and other lessons about true interdisciplinary collaboration. The Community Psychologist, 43, 18-20.

Alexander-Bratcher, K., Michael, K., Wandler, J., & Quick, A. (2010). Assessment, Support, and Counseling Center. North Carolina Medical Journal, 71, 389-390.

*Bolger, K., *Carter, K., Curtin, L., Martz, D.M., Gagnon, S.G., & Michael, K.D. (2010). Motivational interviewing for smoking cessation among college students. Journal of College Student Psychotherapy, 24, 116-129.

Michael, K. D., Renkert, L. E., Wandler, J., & Stamey, T. (2009). Cultivating a new harvest: Rationale and preliminary results from a growing interdisciplinary rural school mental health program. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 2, 40-50.

Michael, K.D., Furr, R.M., Masters, K.S., Collett, B.R., Spielmans, G.I., *Ritter, K., Veeder, M.A., Treiber, K., & Cullum, J.L. (2009). Using the MMPI-2 to predict symptom reduction during psychotherapy in a sample of community outpatients.Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 39, 157-163.

Michael, K. D. (2008). Psychoactive substance use disorders. In S. F. Davis & W. Buskist (Eds.). 21st century psychology.(pp. 307-317). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Michael, K. D., Curtin, L., Kirkley, D., Jones, D., & Harris, R. (2006). Group-based motivational interviewing for alcohol use among college students: An exploratory study. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 37, 629-634.

Michael, K. D. (2006). What I Think I May Have Learned—Reflections on 50 Years of Teaching: An Interview with Michael Wertheimer. Teaching of Psychology, 33, 280-287.

Michael, K. D., Huelsman, T. J., *Gerard, C., *Gilligan, T., & *Gustafson, M. (2006). Depression among college students: Trends in prevalence and treatment seeking. Counseling and Clinical Psychology Journal, 3, 60-70.

Michael, K. D. (2006). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder: A case of prolonged tooth brushing. Clinical Case Studies, 5, 331-344.

Michael, K. D., Huelsman, T. J. , & Crowley, S. L. (2005). Interventions for child and adolescent depression: Do professional therapists produce better results? Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14, 223-236.

*Wallus, D., Martz, D., Huelsman, T., & Michael, K. (2005). Effects of carbohydrates on mood in the presence of intense physical exercise. Journal of Worry & Affective Experience, 1, 4-14.

*Gerard, C., Michael, K. D., & Gerard, J. (2005). Examining practice patterns of emergency physicians through the use of simulated patient vignettes, Annals of Emergency Medicine, 46:3 (Supplement 1), 100.

*Psujek, J., Martz, D., Curtin, L., Michael, K., & Aeschleman, S. (2004). An investigation into the association between nicotine dependence, body image, depression, and anxiety within a college population according to gender. Addictive Behaviors, 29, 375-380.

Michael, K. D. (2004). A winding (and sereptitious) road to electicism: Practitioner commentary 13.2. In J. Sommers-Flanagan and R. Sommers-Flanagan (Eds.), Counseling and Psychotherapy Theories in Context and Practice (p. 465). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

Michael, K. D. (2004). Behavioral treatment of trichotillomania: A case study. Clinical Case Studies, 3, 171-182.

Michael, K. D., & Crowley, S. L. (2002). How effective are treatments for child and adolescent depression? A meta-analytic review. Clinical Psychology Review, 22, 247-269.

Michael, K. D., & Merrell, K. W. (1998). The reliability of children's self-reported internalizing symptoms over brief- to medium- length time intervals. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 37, 194-201.

Merrell, K. W., Anderson, K. E., & Michael, K. D. (1997). Convergent validity of the Internalizing Symptoms Scale for Children with three self-report measures of internalizing problems. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 15, 56-66.

Grants and Contracts

  • PI (with Denise Lovin) on training grant funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention (AFSP), North Carolina Chapter
    • $19,150 (2017) to cover the costs of training in Collaborative Assessment and Management of Suicidality (CAMS)
    • Objectives: Scale up regional capacity to provide CAMS interventions for community constituents
  • PI on U.S. Department of Health and Human Services grant via NC Department of Public Instruction
    • $1,107,695 over 5 years (2011-2015; 211k – 247k per year)
    • Objectives: Development of a behavioral health promotion model of intervention (ASC Center) to address specific target variables in 3 rural western North Carolina county school districts.
  • PI on external contracts funded by Ashe County Schools
    • $105,600 for operational expenses (2012-18)
    • Objectives: Provide mental health services through the Appalachian State University in partnership with Ashe County County High School (Assessment, Support, and Counseling Center; ASC).
  • PI on an external contract funded continuously since 2009 by the Watauga County Schools
    • $197,500 for operational expenses (2008-2018)
    • Objectives: Provide interdisciplinary mental health services through the Appalachian State University in partnership with Watauga County High School (Assessment, Support, and Counseling Center; ASC).
  • Co-PI or Co-I (with Grizzard, Giordano, and/or Horine) on series of contracts and grants (Strategic Prevention Framework-State Incentive Grant): sponsored by Smoky Mountain Center LME and the NC Division for Mental Health, Developmental Disabilities, and Substance Abuse Services, and the Center for Substance Abuse Prevention.
    • $348,401 (2007-2011)
    • Objectives: Preventing Alcohol-Related Crashes and Fatalities (or PARC)

Honors and Awards

Title: Assistant Department Chair, Professor
Department: Department of Psychology

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Phone: (828) 262-8955

Fax: (828) 262-2974

Office address
100C Smith Wright Hall