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Laurel J. Kiser

Laurel J. Kiser Ph.D.

Academic Title: Associate Professor
Primary Appointment: Psychiatry
Location: 737 West Lombard Street 500
Phone: (410) 706-2490
Fax: (410) 706-0022

Personal History:

Laurel J. Kiser, Ph.D., M.B.A. is a psychologist and Associate Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine. She received a doctorate from Indiana University in 1981 and completed internships and post-doctoral training in child clinical psychology. In 1986, she obtained a Masters of Business Administration from University of Memphis.

Research Interests:

Much of Dr. Kiser's career focus has been on the delivery and evaluation of mental health services for child and adolescents.  Through this work, Dr. Kiser has treated many children and adolescents living in poverty, playing in dangerous neighborhoods, victims of neglect, physical and sexual abuse, with moderate to severe psychiatric and behavior disorders.  She has investigated the effects of post-traumatic stress disorder and physical/sexual abuse on children and adolescents as well as family processes related to stress and trauma.  Her current research focus is on the protective role of rituals and routines within families, schools, and neighborhoods, and the development of interventions to strengthen rituals and routines and reduce the effects of trauma.  Dr. Kiser was recently awarded an NIMH-mentored career development grant in support of this work.

Dr. Kiser has also been involved in the development and use of outcomes management systems to monitor the effects of mental health treatment on child and adolescent functioning.  She is currently implementing such a system for a managed Behavioral Healthcare Organization in Pennsylvania and is interested in studying the usefulness of outcomes information in the clinical decision-making process.

Her articles appear frequently in the professional literature and she is a regular presenter and invited lecturer at national conferences.

Clinical Speciality:

• Young children
• School-aged children
• Adolescents
• Families
• Trauma
• Women/couples with infertility


Norris-Shortle CA, Melley AH, Leviton A, Cosgrove K, Kiser LJ. (2006). Wee Cuddle and Grow: A Model for Parent-Child Intervention. Zero to Three, 26(4):49-55.
Kiser LJ, Black MA. (2005). Family processes in the midst of urban poverty. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 10(6):715-750.
Kiser LJ, Bennett L, Heston JD, Paavola M. (2005). Family ritual and routine: Comparing clinical and non-clinical families. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 14(3):357–372.
Hoagwood K, Burns B, Kiser L, Ringeisen H, Schoenwald S. (2001). Evidence-Based Practices in Child and Adolescent Treatments and Services. Psychiatric Services, 52(9):1179-1189.
Chang CF, Kiser LJ, Bailey JE, Martins M, Gibson WC, Schaberg KA, Mirvis DM, Applegate WB. (1998). Tennessee’s Failed Managed Care Program for Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. JAMA, 279(11):864-869.
Kiser LJ, Ostoja E, Pruitt DB. (1998). Dealing with Stress and Trauma in Families. In Betty Pfefferbaum, (Ed.). Stress in Children. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 7(1):87-104.
Kiser LJ. (1996). Moving from outcome domains to optimal treatment outcome. Continuum, 3(4):207-219.
Kiser LJ, Heston JD, Hickerson S, Millsap PA, Nunn W, Pruitt DB. (1993). Anticipatory stress in children and adolescents. American Journal of Psychiatry, 150:87-92.