Dr. Kristen Schaffner

Assistant Professor

Department of Criminal Justice and Psychology


Dr.  Schaffner  is  a  licensed  psychologist  in  the  state  of  Pennsylvania  and  a  Nationally  Certified  School  Psychologist.  She  is  certified  by  Parent-Child  Interaction  Therapy  (PCIT)  International  as  a  Regional  (Level  II)  Trainer  in  the  model.  She  has  provided  extensive  training  and  consultation  in  this  evidence-based  treatment  to  over  100  community-based  mental  health  professionals  across  the  state  of  Pennsylvania.  Clinically,  Dr.  Schaffner’s  area  of  focus  include  early  childhood,  disruptive  behavior  disorders,  early childhood trauma, consultation/collaboration  with  early  care  and  education,  as  well  as  community  implementation  of  evidence-based  intervention.  She  has  particular  interest  in  Parent-Child  Interaction  Therapy  and  the  adaptation  of  PCIT  with  teachers  (Teacher-Child  Interaction  Training).  Her  research  interest  focus  on  community  implementation  of  evidence-based  treatments,  training  of  community-based  practitioners,  as  well  as  early  care  and  education. 


Peer-Reviewed Articles

  • McCallum, E., Schmitt, A. J., Evans, S. N., Schaffner, K. F., & Long, K. H. (2013). An application of the taped spelling intervention to improve spelling skills. ​Journal of Evidence-Based Practices for Schools, 14, 51-80
  • McGoey, K. E., Rispoli, K. M, Venesky, L. G., Schaffner, K. F., McGurk, L., & Marshall, S. (2014). A preliminary investigation into teacher perceptions of the barriers to behavior intervention implementation. Journal of Applied School Psychology, 20, 375-390.
  • McGoey, K.E., Schreiber, J., Venesky L., Westwood, W., McGuirk L., & Schaffner, K. (2014). Factor structure of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder symptoms for children age 3 to 5 years. Journal of Psychoeducational Assessment, 1-9. doi: 10.1177/0734282914 554255
  • Herschell, A.D., Kolko, D.J., Mrozowski, S., Iyengar, S., Chaffin, M., Scudder, A. T., Taber-Thomas, S. M., Schaffner, K. F., & Hiegel, S. A. (2015). Protocol for a statewide trial to compare three training models for implementing an evidence-based treatment. Implementation Science, 10. doi: 10.1186/s13012-015-0324-z.
  • Schaffner, K. F., McGoey, K. E., & Venesky, L. (2016). Teacher-Child Interaction Training with an Urban Clinical Preschool Population. School Psychology Forum: Research in Practice, 10, 1-14.
  • Herschell, A.D., Scudder, A. B., Schaffner, K.F., & Slagel, L. A. (2016). Feasibility and effectiveness of parent-child interaction therapy with victims of domestic violence: A pilot study. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 26. doi: doi:10.1007/s10826-016-0546-y.
  • Scudder, A. T., Taber-Thomas, S., Herschell, A. D., Schaffner, K., Pemberton, J., & Hunter, L. A (2017). Mixed-Methods Study of System- Level Sustainability of Evidence-Based Practices in 12 Large-Scale Implementation Initiatives. Health Research Policy and Systems. 15:102 doi: 10.1186/s12961-017-0230-8.
  • Jackson, C. B., Herschell, A. D., Schaffner, K. F., Turiano, N. A., & McNeil, C. B. (2017). Training community-based clinicians in parent-child interaction therapy: The interaction between expert consultation and caseload. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48(6), 481-489.

Books and Book Chapters

  • Wallace, N. M., McNeil, C. B., Schaffner, K. F., & Herschell, A. D. (2016). Intensive Family Coaching: An Early Childhood Wellness Initiative – Therapist Manual. Unpublished manuscript, West Virginia University.
  • Wallace, N. M., McNeil, C. B., Schaffner, K. F., & Herschell, A. D. (2016). Intensive Family Coaching: An Early Childhood Wellness Initiative – Caregiver Handbook. Unpublished manuscript, West Virginia University.
  • Herschell, A. D., Schaffner, K. F., Taber-Thomas, S., & Scudder, A. B. (in press - 2018). Getting Parent-Child Interaction Therapy to Scale. In L. N. Niec (Ed.) Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Innovations and Applications for Research and Practice.


  • B.A. Psychology and Spanish: Duquesne University
  • M.Ed. Child Psychology: Duquesne University
  • Ph.D. School Psychology: Duquesne University

Email: schaffner@calu.edu

Phone: 724-938-4397

Office: Morgan Hall 314