A Brief History
I grew up in northern Michigan and attended the University of Michigan, where I graduated in 1967 with high honors in philosophy. I was especially interested in epistemology, I continued to pursue my interest in human cognition by earning a Masters’ of Education in 1977 and Ph.D. in Psychology in 1980 from the University of Vermont. During my graduate education, I benefitted from the mentorship of many colleagues at UVM, especially Robert Lawson and David Howell, who served on my dissertation committee. I joined the UVM Department of Psychiatry in 1981, where I began my life-long research career focusing on empirically based assessment of children’s learning and behavioral/emotional problems. At the UVM Research Center for Children, Youth and Families (RCCYF), I had the good fortune to work with a multidisciplinary research team led by my colleague, Thomas Achenbach, and to collaborate with visiting scholars from around the world. My research and writing has focused on multimethod assessment of child and adolescent behavioral/emotional problems, child clinical interviews and observational assessment of Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD). As a licensed Vermont Practicing Psychologist and Nationally Certified School Psychologist, I maintained a clinical practice in the Department of Psychiatry outpatient clinic and provided training to psychology graduate students and psychiatry residents. I was a founding member of the Vermont Association of School Psychologists and I continue to be actively involved with the National Association of School Psychologists. My own experience as a parent and my direct work with children, parents and teachers were fundamental influences on my development as a scholar and researcher. One of my fondest achievements was to be named a University Scholar in 2007-2008 by my own alma mater.
In 2011, my husband and I moved to Carbondale, Colorado, where we enjoy the mountains and beautiful outdoors, as we did in Vermont, and enjoy the company of our son and grandchildren. I am continuing my research and writing in retirement. A second edition of my book, Clinical Interviews for Children and Adolescents, will be published by Guilford Press in 2013.
Official Retirement Citation (2009)
Stephanie McConaughy, you joined the University of Vermont Department of Psychiatry as a Research Assistant Professor in 1981. For twenty-seven years, you have pursued a course of research that has informed the fields of education and psychiatric taxonomy.
Your early work in child development and learning later merged with the Child Behavior Checklist as you developed formal assessment methods for children with behavioral and emotional problems. You have published extensively on techniques for assessing and treating children, predictors of mental health problems in children, and results of prevention programs. You have been an editorial reviewer for outstanding journals, and you have been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the Department of Education, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the National Institute on Disability and Rehabilitation Research.
For many years, you have managed continuing education for the Department of Psychiatry, a role that included formal mentoring of residents in formal academic presentation. You received the Residents Award for Excellence in Academic Teaching in 1996 in appreciation for that training.
Now Research Professor in the Department of Psychiatry, you also hold appointments in the Departments of Psychology and Education. Your work was recognized with your selection as University Scholar in 2007-2008.
Your contributions as a teacher, scientist, author, and coach have extended over decades of service and have brought excellence to the University of Vermont. Although you will continue your scholarly work in the years to come, we pause now to wish you the best and to express our gratitude for a wonderful career.