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

Website: Center for Children, Families and Communities


Dr. Larissa Niec Davila 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 Davila is director of the Center for Children, Families and Communities and a parent-child interaction therapy (PCIT) master trainer. Dr. Niec's primary research goal is to increase access to evidence-based services for underserved children and families, with an emphasis on parenting interventions and prevention. She conducts PCIT training nationally and internationally. 

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.