Dr. Kennard has over 20 years of clinical experience with children and adolescents with a variety of psychiatric disorders. She has served as Program Director and Director of Outpatient Psychological Services at CMC, and assumed directorship of Psychological Services in 1992. During these years, she supervised numerous psychotherapists and staff in treating inpatient and outpatient youth with a variety of disorders. In 1996, she became the Associate Program Chair of the Psychology doctoral program, while continuing to participate in clinical research trials.

In 2003, Dr. Kennard began a full-time career in research in the Department of Psychiatry. The focus of her research has been adolescent depression, and she has worked on several NIMH-funded trials evaluating the integration of cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and medication treatment. Specifically, she has been involved in the development of several treatment manuals for CBT for adolescents with moderate to severe depression, treatment resistant depression, and teens who have made a recent suicide attempt. More recently, she has begun developing cognitive behavioral treatments for the prevention of relapse in youth who are in remission for major depressive disorder.


Undergraduate School
Baylor University (1980), Psychology
Graduate School
Baylor University (1984)

Research Interest

  • Child and adolescent depression
  • Cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for youth
  • Suicidal behavior in teens


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Remission and recovery in the Treatment for Adolescents with Depression Study (TADS): Acute and long-term outcomes
Kennard, B.D., Silva, S.G., Tonev, S., Rohde, P., Hughes, J.L., Vitiello, B., Kratochvil, C.J., Curry, J.F., Emslie, G.J., Reinecke, M., & March, J. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry in press
Sequential Treatment With Fluoxetine and Relapse-Prevention CBT to Improve Outcomes in Pediatric Depression.
Kennard BD, Emslie GJ, Mayes TL, Nakonezny PA, Jones JM, Foxwell AA, King J Am J Psychiatry 2014 Jun
Development and Implementation of Health and Wellness CBT for Individuals with Depression and HIV.
Kennard B, Brown L, Hawkins L, Risi A, Radcliffe J, Emslie G, Mayes T, King J, Foxwell A, Buyukdura J, Bethel J, Naar-King S, Xu J, Lee S, Garvie P, London C, Tanney M, Thornton S Cogn Behav Pract 2014 May 21 2 237-246
Protecting adolescents from self-harm: a critical review of intervention studies.
Brent DA, McMakin DL, Kennard BD, Goldstein TR, Mayes TL, Douaihy AB J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2013 Dec 52 12 1260-71
Effective components of TORDIA cognitive behavioral therapy for adolescent depression
Kennard, B.D., Clarke, G.N., Weersing, V.R., Asarnow, J.R., Shamseddeen, W., Porta, G., Berk, M., Hughes, J.L., Spirito, A., Emslie, G.J., Wagner, K.D., Keller, M.B., & Brent, D. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology Winter 2009 77 1033-1041

Honors & Awards

  • Outstanding Mentor
    Graduate Students in Clinical Psychology, UT Southwestern (2008)
  • Distinguished Psychologist
    Dallas Psychological Association Award (2001)
  • Mentor of the Year
    Texas Psychological Association, Div. of Students (1996)
  • Mortar Board Woman of the Year
    Baylor University (1996)
  • Outstanding Young Alumni
    Baylor University (1996)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Academy of Cognitive Therapy
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Dallas Psychological Association