Larissa Niec 
  • Position: Clinical Faculty
  • Department: Psychology
  • Campus Address: Sloan Hall 204, Central Michigan University, Mount Pleasant, MI 48859
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  • Vitae: Curriculum Vitae

Website: PCIT


Dr. Larissa Niec received her doctoral degree in clinical child psychology from Case Western Reserve University and completed a post-doctoral fellowship with a specialty in child maltreatment at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Center on Child Abuse and Neglect. Dr Niec is director of the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Clinic at CMU. Currently, she is the principal investigator of an NIMH-funded project to evaluate the relative efficacy of group and individual PCIT. Dr. Niec has numerous conference presentations and publications on disruptive behavior disorders, child maltreatment, and PCIT.

Recent Research:

Solomon, D. T., Niec, L. N., & Schoonover, C. (2017). The impact of foster parent training on parenting skills and child disruptive behavior: A meta-analysis. Child Maltreatment, 22, 3-13.

Abrahamse, M. E., Niec, L. N., Junger, M., Boer, F., & Lindauer, R. J. L. (2016). Risk factors for attrition from an evidence-based parenting program: Findings from the Netherlands. Children and Youth Services Review, 64, 42-50. doi:

Barnett, M. L., Davis, E., Callejas, L., White, J., Acevedo-Polackovich, I., Niec, L. N., & Jent, J. (2016). The development and evaluation of a natural helpers' training program to increase the engagement of urban, Latina/o families in parent-child interaction therapy. Children & Youth Services Review, 65, 17-25.

Niec., L. N., Barnett, M., Prewett, M., Shanley, J. (2016). Group parent-child interaction therapy: A randomized control trial for the treatment of conduct problems in young children. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 84(8), 682-698.

Triemstra, K. T., Niec, L. N., Peer, S. O., & Christian-Brandt, A. (2016). The influence of conventional masculine gender role norms on parental attitudes toward seeking psychological services for children. Psychology of Men & Masculinity, doi:

Barnett, M., Niec, L.N., Peer, S., Jent, J., Weinstein, A., Gisbert, P., & Simpson, G. (2015). Successful coaching strategies: How in vivo feedback relates to parent engagement in PCIT. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Printed online ahead of press DOI: 10.1080/15374416.2015.1063428.

Niec, L. N., Barnett, M. L., Gering, C . L., Triemstra, K., & Solomon, D. T. (2015). Differences in mothers' and fathers' readiness for change in parent training. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 37, 224-235.

Niec, L. N., Shanley, J., Barnett, M., Baker, S., & Solomon, D (2015). Optimal or typical performance? The impact of instructional set on the behavioral assessment of parentchild interactions. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 37, 105-113.

Rames-LaPointe, J., Hixson, M. D., Niec, L. N., Rhymer, K. (2014). Evaluation of Errorless Compliance Training in a General Education Classroom. Behavioral Interventions 29, 253–267.

Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Niec, L.N., Barnett, M.L., Bell, K.M., Aguilar, G., Vilca, J., Abbenante-Honold, E. S., Christian, A.S., & Peer, S.O. (2014). Exploring the role of natural helpers in efforts to address disparities for children with conduct problems. Children and Youth Service Review, 40, 1-5. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.02.010

Christian, A., Niec, L. N., Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., & Kassab, V. (2014). Dissemination of an evidence-based parenting program: Clinician perspectives on training and implementation. Children and Youth Services Review. Doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.04.005.

Niec, L. N., Acevedo-Polakovich, I., Abbenante, E., Christian, A., Barnett, M., Peer, S. & Aguilar, G. (2014). Working together to solve disparities: Latina/o parents' contributions to the adaptation of a preventive intervention for childhood conduct problems. Psychological Services, 11, 410-420. doi: 10.1037/a0036200

Acevedo-Polakovich, I.D., Niec, L.N., Barnett, M.L., & Bell, K.M. (2013). Incorporating natural helpers to address service disparities for young children with conduct problems. Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 1463-1467.

Barnett, M., Niec, L. N., & Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D. (2013). Assessing the key to effective coaching in parent-child interaction therapy: The Therapist-Parent Interaction Coding System. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, DOI 10.1007/s10862-013-9396-8.

McCabe, Kristen, Shanley, J., Niec, L.N., Naaf, M., Yeh, M., & Lau, A. (2013). Cultural differences in the parenting of young children: An observational study of low-income Mexican Americans and European Americans. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 35, 307-326

Baker, S. E., Niec, L. N., & Meade, J. (2012). Friendship quality and social functioning in children with perinatally acquired HIV. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37, 580-590.

Shanley, J. R., & Niec, L. N. (2011). The contribution of the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System warm-up segments in assessing parent-child interactions. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 33, 248 – 263.