University of Vermont

College of Medicine

Department of Psychiatry

Bio for Thomas Achenbach, Ph.D.
Thomas Achenbach, Ph.D.

Thomas Achenbach, Ph.D.

Department of Psychiatry

Contact Information
Office Location:
University Health Center, St. Joseph, Room 3211, 1 South Prospect St., Burlington, Vermont 05401, USA


1962: Yale University, BA Major: Psychology

Heidelberg University, Major: History and Political Science

University of Minnesota, Ph.D., Major: Psychology, Minor: Child Psychology

  Postdoctoral Clinical Training, Yale Child Study Center


1975-1980 Research Psychologist, GS-15. Laboratory of Developmental Psychology National Institute of Mental Health

Assistant to Associate Professor, Yale University Dept. of Psychology and Child Study Center, Co-principal Investigator, NIMH Research Grant HD-03008.

Director, Graduate Training Program in Developmental Psychology, and Director, NIMH Research Training Grant 5T01 MH-06759, Dept. of Psychology, Yale University

Social Science Research Council Senior Faculty Fellowship for work with Professor Jean Piaget, University of Geneva, Switzerland

Research Staff Psychologist, Dept. of Psychology and Child Study Center, Yale University, Co-Principal Investigator, NIMH Grant HD-MH-03008; research on intellectual development in normal, retarded, and disturbed children; clinical work in psychodiagnostics and psychotherapy. 

NICHD Postdoctoral Fellow, Dept. of Psychology and Child Study Center, Yale University, Clinical training in psychodiagnostics and psychotherapy with children; research on learning strategies in normal and retarded children.

NIMH Predoctoral Fellow, University of Minnesota, Research with Professor Norman Garmezy on child psychiatric symptomatology and with Professor Harold Stevenson on children’s learning strategies.

Awards and Honors

Angier Prize for Research in Psychology
B.A. summa cum laude & Honors with Exceptional Distinction
Phi Beta Kappa
Sigma Xi
Woodrow Wilson Fellow (honorary)
American Men and Women of Science
Fellow of the American Psychological Association Divisions 7, 12, 37, and 53
Fellow of the American Psychopathological Association; University Scholar Award from the University of  Vermont, 1991-92
Distinguished Contribution Award from the AmericanPsychological Association Section on Clinical Child Psychology, 1993
Institute for Scientific Information Most Highly Cited in World Psychiatry/Psychology Literature


To see more of Dr. Achenbach's publications, please visit Pub Med

*Ang, R.P., Rescorla, L.A., Achenbach, T.M., Ooi, Y.P., Fung, D.S.S., & Woo, B.
Examining the criterion validity of CBCL and TRF problem scales and items in a large Singapore sample. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 2012, 43, 70-86. doi:10.1007/s10578-011-0253-2.

Achenbach, T.M., & Ndetei, D.M.
Clinical models for child and adolescent behavioral, emotional, and social problems. In J.M. Rey (Ed.), IACAPAP textbook of child and adolescent mental health. [E-reader version]. http://www.iacapap. org, 2012. Geneva: International Association for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry and Allied Professionals.

Achenbach, T.M., & Rescorla, L.A.
Applications of the Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA) to autism spectrum disorders. In F. Volkmar (Ed.), Encyclopedia of autism spectrum disorders [E-reader version]. New York: Springer, 2012.

*Rescorla, L.A., Achenbach, T.M., Ivanova, M.Y., Bilenberg, N., Bjarnadottir, G., Denner, S., et al.
Behavioral/emotional problems of preschoolers: Caregiver/teacher reports from 15 societies. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 2012, 20, 68-81. doi:10.1177/1063426611434158

Achenbach, T.M.
Assessment of parental psychopathology and adaptive functioning. In L.C. Mayes & M. Lewis (Eds.), The Cambridge handbook of environment in human development (pp.607-625). New York: Cambridge University Press, 2012.

*Achenbach, T.M., Rescorla, L.A., & Ivanova, M.Y.
International epidemiology of child and adolescent psychopathology: 1. Diagnoses, dimensions, and conceptual issues. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012, 51, 1261-1272.

*Rescorla, L.A., Ivanova, M.Y., Achenbach, T.M., Begovac, I., Chahed, M., Drugli, M.B., et al.
International epidemiology of child and adolescent psychopathology: 2. Integration and applications of dimensional findings from 44 societies. Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, 2012, 51, 1273-1283.

Achenbach, T.M.
Using multicultural research to expand the scope of developmental psychopathology. In J. Burack & L. Schmidt (Eds.), Cultural and contextual perspectives on development at-risk. New York: Cambridge University Press, in press.

Achenbach, T.M.
The Achenbach System of Empirically Based Assessment (ASEBA): Applications in forensic contexts. In R.P. Archer & E.M. Archer (Eds.), Forensic uses of clinical assessment instruments (2nd ed.). New York: Routledge, in press.

* Indicates refereed journal