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Prerna G. Arora Ph.D., M.A., M.Ed.

Academic Title: Adjunct Assistant Professor
Primary Appointment: Psychiatry
Location: 737 W. Lombard Street, 4th Floor

Personal History:

Dr. Arora is an Assistant Professor of Psychology, with a focus on School/Clinical Child Psychology, at Pace University, as well as an Adjunct Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine. She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Texas Austin, completed her predoctoral clinical internship at the Children's Hospital of Philadelphia, with a specialization in Clinical, Community and School Psychology, and served as a postdoctoral research and policy fellow at the University of Maryland, School of Medicine.

Research Interests:

Dr. Arora's primary research interests focus on the dissemination and implementation of evidence-based practices in school and community settings for underserved youth and adolescents. Specifically, using mixed methodology and participatory research methods, Dr. Arora is interested in the adaptation of evidence-based practices for diverse and underserved populations, barriers to uptake of evidence-based practices, and supporting the implementation of psychosocial interventions in pediatric primary care sites. Dr. Arora has additional interests in the interface of research with policy, international psychology, and in school mental health generally.

Clinical Specialty:

Dr. Arora's clinical interests include the use of evidence-based, cognitive-behavioral practices to address internalizing disorders in child and adolescent populations.


Arora, P., & Wheeler, L. (under review). Contextual stressors and protective factors as linked to depressive symptoms among Mexican American immigrant adolescents. Submitted to School Psychology Quarterly.

Baker, C. N., Brown, S., Wilcox, P. D., Overstreet, S. & Arora, P. (under review). Measuring attitudes about trauma-informed care in schools: A psychometric study. Submitted to School Mental Health.

Arora, P., Metz, K., & Carlson, C. (under review). The relationship between stigma and health-seeking behaviors: An examination of South Asian students. Submitted to the Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development.

Arora, P. Stephan, S. H., Becker, K. D., Wissow, L. (under review). Identifying psychosocial treatments appropriate for use by pediatric primary care providers. Submitted to Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings.

Morey, M., Arora, P., & Stark, K. D. (in press). Multiple stage screening of youth depression in schools. Psychology in the Schools.

Arora, P. Krumholz, L.K., Leff, S. (in press). Measuring community-based participatory research partnerships: The development of an assessment instrument. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action.

Schultz, B. K., Arora, P., & Mautone, J. A. (2015). Coaching to improve dissemination and implementation in school mental health. School Mental Health, 7(1): 1-5.

Connors, E., Arora, P., Curtis, L., & Stephan, S. H. (2014). A mixed methods study of school mental health cliniciansâ?T use of evidence-based assessment tools. Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, 22(1), 60-73.

Stephan, S. H., Connors, E., Arora, P., Brey, L. (2013). Training in common elements for school-based primary care and mental health providers. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(12), 1970-1978.

Stark, K. D., Banneyer, K. N., Wang, L. A., Arora, P. (2012). Child and adolescent depression in the family. Couple & Family Psychology: Research & Practice, 1(3): 161-184.

Stark, K. D., Arora, P., & Funk, C. (2011). CBT for youth depression: Implications for training school psychologists to become cognitive behavioral therapists. Psychology in the Schools, 48(3), 272-282.