Dr. Kennard has over 30 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 2009, she became the Program Chair of the doctoral program. In addition to her role in the psychology program, Dr. Kennard is the Program Director of the Suicide Prevention and Resilience Program at Children's Health, an intensive outpatient treatment program for suicidal youth.

The focus of Dr. Kennard's 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. She has developed cognitive behavioral treatments for the prevention of relapse in youth who are in remission for major depressive disorder. Recently she has collaborated with the University of Pittsburgh (Dr. David Brent) to develop and evaluate a brief inpatient intervention and suicide safety planning app to decrease suicidal behavior after discharge. This intervention and app will be further tested in a larger trial funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.  In addition, she has received funding from the Texas Health and Human Services to disseminate suicide treatments to community mental health clinics.


University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Undergraduate School
Baylor University (1980), Psychology
Graduate School
Baylor University (1984), Psychology
University of Texas southwestern Medical Center, Child Psychology (1984)

Research Interest

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


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Effective Treatment of Depressive Disorders in Medical Clinics for Adolescents and Young Adults Living With HIV: A Controlled Trial.
Brown LK, Kennard BD, Emslie GJ, Mayes TL, Whiteley LB, Bethel J, Xu J, Thornton S, Tanney MR, Hawkins LA, Garvie PA, Subramaniam GA, Worrell CJ, Stoff LW J. Acquir. Immune Defic. Syndr. 2016 Jan 71 1 38-46
Continued Effectiveness of Relapse Prevention Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy Following Fluoxetine Treatment in Youth With Major Depressive Disorder.
Emslie GJ, Kennard BD, Mayes TL, Nakonezny PA, Moore J, Jones JM, Foxwell AA, King J J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 2015 Dec 54 12 991-8
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
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 2009
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 American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2008 47 694-699
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
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
Nonadherence in adolescent oncology patients: Preliminary data on psychological risk factors and relationships to outcome
Kennard BD, Stewart SM, Olvera R, Bawdon RE, O hAilin A, Lewis CP, Winick N Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings 2004 11 30-39


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Honors & Awards

  • Alfred M. Wellner, PhD, Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists
  • Outstanding Contribution to Science
    Texas Psychological Association (2016)
  • Fellow, Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • 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 Women of the Year
    Baylor University (1996)
  • Outstanding Young Alumni
    Baylor University (1996)

Professional Associations/Affiliations

  • Texas Psychological Association (2000)
  • Academy of Cognitive Therapy
  • American Psychological Association
  • Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies
  • Dallas Psychological Association