University of Vermont

College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Thomas Achenbach

Joint Appointment

Thomas Achenbach

Thomas Achenbach
Professor of Psychiatry
Professor of Psychology

  • B.A. Yale University, 1962
  • Ph.D. University of Minnesota, 1966
C.V. (PDF)
Phone: (802) 656-2629
Room: FAHC-UHC Room 3211

President, Research Center for Children, Youth, and Families

Affiliated Faculty, Developmental Psychopathology Concentration

I am working on multicultural methods for assessing behavioral, emotional and social problems and adaptive functioning. This work includes collaboration with colleagues in many cultures to apply standardized assessment methods, perform multicultural comparisons, and improve understanding, assessment, and treatment of psychopathology throughout the world. My research interests include:

  • multicultural research.
  • developmental psychopathology.
  • assessment and taxonomy of psychopathology, adaptive functioning, and social competence across the life span.
  • relations between cognition and psychopathology.
  • evaluation of outcomes.

Representative Publications

  • Achenbach, T.M. (2010). Multicultural evidence-based assessment of psychopathology at ages 1½-18 years. Transcultural Psychiatry, 47, 707-726.
  • Ivanova, M.Y., Achenbach, T.M., Rescorla, L.A., Harder, V.S., Ang, R.P., Bilenberg, N., et al. (2010). Preschool psychopathology reported by parents in 23 societies: Testing the seven-syndrome model of the Child Behavior Checklist for Ages 1.5-5. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 49, 1215-1224.
  • Achenbach, T.M., Becker, A., Dopfner, M., Heiervang, E., Roessner, V., Steinhausen, H-C., et al. (2008). Multicultural assessment of child and adolescent psychopathology with ASEBA and SDQ instruments: Research findings, applications, and future directions. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 49, 251-275.
  • Achenbach, T.M., & Rescorla, L.A. (2007). Multicultural supplement to the Manual for the ASEBA School-Age Forms & Profiles. Burlington, VT: University of Vermont, Research Center for Children, Youth, & Families.
  • Achenbach, T.M., & Rescorla, L.A. (2007). Multicultural Understanding of Child and Adolescent Psychopathology. Implications for Mental Health Assessment. New York: Guilford Press. 322 pages.
  • Ivanova, M.Y., Achenbach, T.M., Rescorla, L.A., Dumenci, L., Almqvist, F., Bilenberg, F., et al. (2007). The generalizability of the Youth Self-Report syndrome structure in 23 societies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 729-738.
  • Rescorla, L.A., Achenbach, T.M., Ivanova, M.Y., Dumenci, L., Almqvist, F., Bilenberg, N., et al. (2007). Behavioral and emotional problems reported by parents of children ages 6 to 16 in 31 societies. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 15, 130-142.


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