The Center for Cognitive Behavior Therapy (CCBT)

Co-Director, CCBT, Child Section

Dr. Charles Mueller received his Ph.D. from Iowa State University in 1981 and his Clinical Psychology Postdoctoral Training Certificate from The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 1988. He has been Co-Director of The Center for CBT since 2008 and is a Full Professor in social and clinical psychology in the department of psychology at UH Mānoa. Dr. Mueller's research and applied work incorporates ideas and approaches from both social and clinical psychology. His primary research interests focus on the interface of social and clinical psychology with an emphasis on aggression and violence (e.g. effects of family violence, innovative treatments, and externalizing behavior problems), Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder, and children's mental health service delivery (e.g. child and adolescent mental health systems improvement, treatment as usual, evidence-based services).

Co-Director, CCBT, Child Section

Dr. Brad Nakamura received his Ph.D. from The University of Hawai'i at Mānoa in 2007 and has been an Associate Professor at UH since 2013, and co-director of the CCBT Child Section since 2009. His research investigates dissemination and implementation concerns as they relate to diffusing evidence-based practices (EBPs) into community-based settings, youth assessment and diagnostic issues, and anxiety disorders among children and adolescents. Within the state of Hawai‘i's Child and Adolescent Mental Health Division (CAMHD), he is co-chair of the Evidence-Based Services (EBS) Committee, an interdisciplinary network focused on promoting EBPs within Hawai‘i's system of care. Finally, he has recently served as Leader (2008-2010) and Past Leader (2010-2012) of the Dissemination and Implementation Science Special Interest Group within the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies.

Director, CCBT, Clinic: Eating Disorders

Dr. Kelly Vitousek received her Ph.D. from the University of Minnesota and her principal areas of interest are the eating disorders and cognitive-behavioral theory and therapy (CBT). Her recent work includes the assessment and enhancement of motivation for change in anorexia nervosa, development of modified CBT approaches for the eating disorders, therapist training in CBT, and caloric restriction for longevity. Dr. Vitousek serves on the editorial board of the International Journal of Eating Disorders. Recent publications focus on motivation for change in the eating disorders, CBT for anorexia nervosa, problems in the assessment of personality traits and disorders, and the implications of caloric restriction for longevity on the eating disorder field.

Director, CCBT, Clinic: First-Episode Psychosis

Dr. David Cicero received his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri in 2012, and has been an Assistant Professor at the University of Hawai'i at Manoa since 2012. He has been the director of OnTrack Hawai'i, an early intervention program for people with psychosis, since 2014. His research focuses on improving the accuracy of assessment for young people in the early stages of psychosis. The goal of this work is to understand the mechanisms involved in the development of psychosis and to use that understanding to improve our ability to predict and prevent future psychosis and to help people who have experienced psychosis recover and achieve their goals.