Betsy Kennard, Psy. D.


Department: Psychiatry

Graduate Programs: Clinical Psychology


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.


Graduate School Baylor University (1984)

Research Interests

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


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Featured 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

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

Developing Cognitive Behavioral Therapy to Prevent Depressive Relapse in Youth

Beth D. Kennard, Sunita M. Stewart, Jennifer L. Hughes, Robin B. Jarrett, Graham J. Emslie Cognitive and Behavioral Practice 2008 15 387-399

Fluoxetine vs. placebo in preventing relapse of major depression in children and adolescents

Emslie, G.J., Kennard, B.D., Mayes, T.L., Nightingale-Teresi, J., Carmody, T., Hughes, C.W., Rush, A.J., Tao, R., & Rintelmann, J.W. American Journal of Psychiatry 2008 165 459-467

Maternal depression in pediatric major depressive disorder: Relationship to acute treatment outcome

Kennard, B.D., Hughes, J.L., Stewart, S.M., Mayes, T.L., Nightingale-Teresi, J., Carmody, T., & Emslie, G.J. Journal of the Americal Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2008 47 694-699

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  • 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