Michael C. Roberts, Ph.D., ABPP received his doctorate from Purdue University and completed his clinical internship at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (Children's Memorial Hospital). After rising through the professorial ranks at the University of Alabama, he joined the University of Kansas to start the Clinical Child Psychology Program with faculty colleagues and staff.
Dr. Roberts has published over 200 journal articles and book chapters revolving around the application of psychology to understanding and influencing children's physical and mental health. He frequently co-authors with students and graduates.
He has authored or co-edited over 20 books, including Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (4th edition); Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology; Specialty Competencies in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology; Handbook of Research Methods in Clinical Psychology; Handbook of Mental Health Services for Children, Adolescents, and Families; Handbook of Evidence-Based Treatments for Children and Adolescents; Prevention of Problems in Childhood; and Helping Children Cope with Disasters and Terrorism. The latest book, Clinical Practice of Pediatric Psychology: Cases and Service Delivery, was published in 2014.
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology with Honors, Purdue University
M.S., Clinical Psychology, Purdue University
B.A., Psychology, with Honors in Psychology and General Honors, University of Missouri-Columbia
- Child Development
- Clinical child and adolescent psychology
- Pediatric Psychology
- Applied developmental psychology
- Advanced child development and behavior
- Research methodology
- Consultation, supervision, and administration
Current interests and activities on Dr. Roberts' research team include:
1. children's and parents' perceptions of pediatric and psychological conditions and treatments; treatment adherence issues;
2. program evaluation and mental health service delivery (psychotherapeutic outcomes);
3. consulting with the World Health Organization on the revision of the International Classification of Diseases-10 focusing on the chapter for mental and behavioral codes; conducting literature searches; designing and conducting formative research projects on the architecture, organization, and content of the ICD classification system (Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse, WHO);
4. professional psychology issues: education and training; specialty competencies; mentoring; technology and professional psychology ethics; advocacy.
See our Research Pages for more information about the Stone Soup Research Group's projects.
- Pediatric psychology and clinical child and adolescent psychology
- Program evaluation
- Professional issues in psychology
- Training and education
- Classification of disorders by the ICD
Dr. Roberts' Professional Service Roles
Currently the Editor of the APA/APPIC journal, Training and Education of Professional Psychology, Dr. Roberts has served as the editor of Professional Psychology: Research and Practice; Journal of Pediatric Psychology; Children's Health Care; and Children's Services: Social Policy, Research, and Practice; and as Associate Editor for Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. He is the editor of the book series, Issues in Clinical Child Psychology, with Springer (formerly Plenum/Kluwer).
Dr. Roberts has been president of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the APA Section on Clinical Child Psychology, and chair of the APA Board of Educational Affairs and the APA Committee on Children, Youth, and Families, and on the APA Board of Professional Affairs. He served two terms as chair of the Council of University Directors of Clinical Psychology and is currently the Society of Pediatric Psychology representative to the APA Council of Representatives. He is Past-Chair of the APA Council of Editors. He has served on grant review panels including a study section for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Roberts is the former chair of the Interdivisional Task Force for Children's Mental Health. In 2012, he served as President of the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37 of the APA); in 2013, he is President of the American Board of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
Dr. Roberts is the 2014 recipient of the Nicholas Hobbs Award from the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice, the 2006 recipient of the APA Award for Distinguished Contributions to Education and Training, the 2008 Levin Award for Mentoring from the Society of Pediatric Psychology, the 2009 Beverly Thorn Award for Outstanding DCT Service, and the 2008 APA Education Advocacy Distinguished Service Award. In 2013, he received the John C. Wright Graduate Mentoring Award from the University of Kansas, College of Liberal Arts and Sciences.
Dr. Roberts is licensed in the State of Kansas and is board certified by the American Board of Professional Psychology in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology and in Clinical Psychology.
Roberts, M. C. & Steele, R. G. (Eds.). (2017). Handbook of Pediatric Psychology (5th edition). New York: Guilford.
Canter, K. S., Roberts, M. C., & Davis, A. M. (2016). The role of health behaviors and food insecurity in predicting fruit and vegetable intake in low-income children. Children's Health Care. DOI:10.1080/02739615.2015.1124772
Beals-Erickson, S. E., & Roberts, M. C. (2016). Youth development program participation and changes in help-seeking intentions. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(5), 1634-1645. DOI:
Evans, S. C., Blossom, J. B., Canter, K. S., Poppert-Cordts, K., Kanine, R. M., Garcia, A., & Roberts, M. C. (2016). Self-reported emotion reactivity among early-adolescent girls: Evidence for convergent and discriminant validity in an urban community sample. Behavior Therapy, 47(3), 299-311. DOI:10.1016/j.beth.2016.01.003
Keeley, J. W., Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Evans, S. C., Robles, R., Matsumoto, C., Brewin, C. R., Cloitre, M., Perkonigg, A., Rousseau, C., Gureje, O., Lovell, A. M., Sharan, P., & Maercker, A. (2016). Disorders specifically associated with stress: A case-controlled field study for ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology , 16(2), 109-127. DOI:10.1016/j.ijchp.2015.09.002
Roberts, M. C., Kanine, R. M., Amaro, C. M., Evans, S. C., Blossom, J. B., & Garcia, A. M. (2016). International education and training for clinical child and adolescent psychology. South African Journal of Psychology, 46(1), 9-24. DOI: 10.1177/0081246315619510
Keeley, J. W., Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Evans, S. C., Medina-Mora, E. M, Robles, R., Rebello, T. J., Sharan, P., Gureje, O., First, M. B., Andrews, H. F., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Gaebel, W., Zielasek, j., & Saxena, S. (2016). Developing a science of clinical utility in diagnostic classification systems: Field study strategies for ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders. American Psychologist, 3-10. DOI:10.1037/a0039972
Odar Stough, C., Dreyer Gillette, M., Roberts, M. C., Jorgensen, T., & Patton, S. R. (2015). Mealtime behaviors associated with consumption of unfamiliar foods by young children with autism spectrum disorder. Appetite, 95, 324-333. DOI:10.1016/j.appet.2015.07.019
Canter, K. S, Wu, Y. P, Stough, C. O, Parikshak, S., Roberts, M. C, & Amylon, M. D (2015). The relationship between attitudes toward illness and quality of life for children with cancer and healthy siblings. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(9), 2693-2698. DOI:
Roberts, M. C. (2015). Pioneers in Pediatric Psychology: Assisting in the developmental progress of pediatric psychology. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 40(7), 633-639. DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsv059
Shadlow, J. O., Boles, R. E., Roberts, M. C., & Winston, L. (2015). Native American children and their reports of hope: Construct validation of the Children's Hope Scale . Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(6), 1707-1714. DOI:10.1007/s10826-014-9974-8
Reed, G. M., Rebello, T. J., Pike, K. M., Medina-Mora, M. Elena, Gureje, O., Zhao, M., Dai, Y., Roberts, M. C., Maruta, T., Matsumoto, C., Krasnov, V. N, Kulygina, M., Lovell, A. M., Stona, A., Sharan, P., Robles, R., Gaebel, W., Zielasek, J., Khoury, B., de Jesus Mari, J., Evans, S. C., Kogan, C. S., & Saxena, S. (2015). A platform with potential: WHO's Global Clinical Practice Network for mental health. Lancet Psychiatry, 2(5), 379-380. DOI: http
Evans, S. C, Roberts, M. C, Keeley, J. W, Blossom, J. B, Amaro, C. M, Garcia, A. M, Odar Stough, C., Canter, K. S, Robles, R., & Reed, G. M (2015). Vignette methodologies for studying clinicians’ decision-making: Validity, utility, and application in ICD-11 field studies [Metodología basada en viñetas para el estudio de toma de decisiones clínicas: Validez, utilidad y aplicación en los estudios de campo de la CIE-11]. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 15(2), 160-170. DOI:10.1016/j.ijchp.2014.12.001
Robles, R., Fresán, A., Medina-Mora, M. E., Roberts, M. C, Mari, J., Matsumoto, C., Maruta, T., Gureje, O., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L, Xiao, Z., & Reed, G. M (2015). Categories that should be removed from mental disorders classifications: Perspectives and rationales of clinicians from eight countries. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 71, 267-281. DOI:10.1002/jclp.22145
Lochman, J. E., Evans, S. C., Burke, J. D., Roberts, M. C., Fite, P. J., Reed, G. M., de la Pena, F. R., Matthys, W., Ezpeleta, L., Siddiqui, S., & Garralda, M. E. (2015). An empirically based alternative to DSM-5’s disruptive mood dysregulation disorder for ICD-11. World Psychiatry, 14(1), 30-33. DOI: 10.1002/wps.20175
Roberts, M. C., Beals-Erickson, S. E., Evans, S. C., Odar, C., & Canter, K. S. (2015). Resolving ethical lapses in the non-publication of dissertations. In R. J. Sternberg & S. T. Fiske (Eds.), Ethical challenges in the behavioral and brain sciences: Case studies and commentaries (pp. 59-62.). Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.
Evans, S. P., & Roberts, M. C. (2015). International Classification of Diseases (ICD) Mental and Behavioural Disorders Section. In R. Cautin & S. Lilienfeld (Eds.), Encyclopedia of clinical psychology (pp. (pp. 1520-1529)). Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Mayes, S., Roberts, M. C., & Stough, C. O. (2014). Risk for household safety hazards: Socioeconomic and sociodemographic factors. Journal of Safety Research, 51, 87-92.. DOI:
Roberts, M. C., Aylward, B., & Wu, Y. P. (Eds.). (2014). Clinical practice of pediatric psychology (M. C. Roberts, B. Aylward, & Y. P. Wu, Eds.). New York: Guilford.
Smith-Boydston, J. M., Holtzman, R. J., & Roberts, M. C. (2014). Transportability of Multisystemic Therapy to community settings: Can a program sustain outcomes without MST Services oversight? . Child and Youth Care Forum, 43(5), 593-605.
Wu, Y. P., Geldhof, G. J., Roberts, M. C., Parikshak, S., & Amylon, M. D. (2014). Initial examination of a new questionnaire assessing perceived social support in summer camp and home environments for children with cancer and their siblings. Children’s Health Care, 42(1), 67-84.
Roberts, M. C., & Evans, S. C. (2013). The International Classification of Diseases System. (ICD-10). In G. K. Koocher, J. C. Norcross, & B. Greene (Eds.), Psychologists’ desk reference(3rd ed.) (pp. 71-76). New York: Oxford University Press. http://search.proquest.com/docview/1470519934?accountid=14556
Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Keeley, J., Hooppell, C., Matsumoto, C., Sharan, P., & Medina-Mora, M. E. (2013). Mental health professionals' natural taxonomies of mental disorders: Implications for the clinical utility of the ICD‐11 and the DSM‐5. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69(12), 1191-1212. DOI:10.1002/jclp.22031
Evans, S. C., Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Esparza, P., Watts, A. D., Correia, J. M., & Saxena, S. (2013). Psychologists' perspectives on the diagnostic classification of mental disorders: Results from the WHO-IUPsyS global survey. International Journal of Psychology, 48(3), 177-193. DOI:10.1080/00207594.2013.804189
Odar, C. C., Roberts, M. C., & Canter, K. S. (2013). Relationship between camp attendance and self-perceptions in children with chronic health conditions: A meta-analysis . Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 38(4), 398-411.
Roberts, M. C. (2013). Professional psychology in health care services: A blueprint for education and training. American Psychologist, 68, 411-426. DOI:10.1037/a0033265
Roberts, M. C., Reed, G. M., Medina-Mora, M., Keeley, J. W., Sharan, P., Johnson, D. K., & Saxena, S. (2012). A global clinicians’ map of mental disorders to improve ICD-11: Analysing meta-structure to enhance clinical utility. International Review of Psychiatry, 24(6), 578-590. DOI:10.3109/09540261.2012.736368
Canter, K. S., & Roberts, M. C. (2012). A systematic and quantitative review of interventions to facilitate school reentry for children with chronic health conditions . Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 37(10), 1065-1075.
Van Allen, J., & Roberts, M. C. (2011). Critical incidents in the marriage of psychology and technology: A discussion of potential ethical issues in practice, education, and policy. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 42(6), 433-439. DOI:10.1037/a0025278
Graves, M. M., Roberts, M. C., Rapoff, M., & Boyer, A. (2010). The efficacy of adherence interventions for chronically ill children: A meta-analytic review . Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35(4), 368-382. DOI:10.1093/jpepsy/jsp072