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:

Shanley, J. R., & Niec, L. N. (in press). The contribution of the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (DPICS) warm-Up segments in assessing parent-child interactions. Child and Family Behavior Therapy.

Shanley, J. R., & Niec, L. N. (2010). Coaching Parents to Change: The Impact of In Vivo Feedback on Parents' Acquisition of Skills. Journal of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology,39, 282 - 287.

Jent, J., & Niec, L. N. (2009). Cognitive behavioral principles within group mentoring: A randomized pilot study. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 31(3), 203-219.

Niec, L. N., Brestan, E. V., & Valle, L. A. (2008). Violence on the screen: Psychological perspectives on child abuse in American popular film 1992 - 2001. In R. Fisher & N. Billias (Series Eds.) and T. Levin (Vol. Ed.), Violence: ‘Mercurial gestalt' (pp. 91 - 110). Amsterdam: Rodopi B. V. Press.

Silovsky, J., Niec, L., Bard, D., & Hecht, D.  (2007).  Treatment for Preschool Children with Interpersonal Sexual Behavior Problems: A Pilot Study.  Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology,36, 378-391.

Ellis, D. A., Yopp, J., Templin, T., Naar-King, S., Frey, M.A., Cunningham, P. B., Idalski, A., & Niec, L. N.  (2007).  Family Mediators and Moderators of Treatment Outcomes Among Adolescents with Chronically Poorly Controlled Type 1 Diabetes: Results From A Randomized Controlled Trial.  Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32(2), 194-205.

Jent, J., & Niec, L. N.  (2006).  Mentoring youth with psychiatric disorders: The impact on child and parent functioning. Child and Family Behavior Therapy,28, 43-58.

Niec, L. N., Brestan, E. V., & Valle, L. A. (2008). Violence on the Screen: Psychological Perspectives on Child Abuse in American Popular Film. In T. Levin & P Turissi (Eds.), Cultures of Violence: Inter-Disciplinary Press: Oxfordshire, UK.

Brestan, E. V., Loper, M., & Niec, L. (2005). Contingency management for children. In M. Hersen (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of Behavior Modification and Therapy: Vol. 2.Child Clinical Applications. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Butcher, J., & Niec, L. N.  (2005).  Disruptive behaviors and creativity: The importance of affect regulation.  Creativity Research Journal, 17, 181-194.

Niec, L. N., Hemme, J., Yopp, J., & Brestan, E.  (2005).  Parent-child interaction therapy: The rewards and challenges of a group format.  Cognitive and Behavioral Practice,12, 113-125.​