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Cara DiClemente, MA

Doctoral Psychology Intern

Cara is excited to join CHC’s team! As a doctoral intern at Stanford & CHC, she provides individual, family and group therapy as well as psychological assessment and consultation for children and adolescents. Cara grew up in Baltimore, Maryland and attended Franklin and Marshall College for her undergraduate degree in Psychology. During her graduate work at Loyola University Chicago, she focused on evaluating and delivering evidence-based treatments in community and school settings for youth experiencing trauma and disruptive behavior problems. Cara is passionate about enhancing individual and family strengths through therapy, as well as improving access to services for children and teens with behavioral, emotional, and neurodevelopmental challenges. In her free time, Cara enjoys playing the cello and joining social sports teams.


  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago (in progress)
  • MA, Clinical Psychology, Loyola University Chicago
  • BA, Psychology, Franklin and Marshall College

Professional Affiliations

  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) International
  • Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (APA Division 53)
  • Society for Research in Child Development


  • APF/COGDOP Graduate Research Scholarship in Psychology (2019)

Recent Presentations

  • Richards, M. H., DiClemente, C. M., & Onyeka, C. (2020, March). Treating urban youth of color from under-resourced communities: How to work with risk and resilience. Invited continuing education workshop for the Maryland Psychological Association, Annapolis, MD.
  • DiClemente, C. M. & Young, M. (2019, August). A brief review of research on PCIT for children exposed to trauma. Research-in-brief roundtable presented at the PCIT International Biennial Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • DiClemente, C. M., Butler, K., Davis, J., Young, M., & Warner-Metzger, C. (2019, August). Implementing PCIT with twin siblings: An examination of five case studies. Poster presented at the PCIT International Biennial Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • DiClemente, C. M., Dusing, C. R., Gillis-Harry, K., Richards, M. H., & Tyson-McCrea, K. (2019, March). Saving Lives Inspiring Youth: Cross-age peer mentoring and externalizing problems in urban youth minority mentors. Paper presented in M. H. Richards (Chair), Examining the Effectiveness of Three Research-Based Mentoring Programs for At-Risk Youth. Symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Research on Child Development, Baltimore, MD.


  • DiClemente, C. M. & Richards, M. (2019). Community violence in early adolescence: Assessing coping strategies for reducing delinquency and aggression. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1080/15374416.2019.1650365
  • Dusing, C. R., DiClemente, C. M., Miller, K., Onyeka, C., Murphy, B., Richards, M. H., Moore, A. (2018). Aggression among high-risk African American young adolescents: Impact of relational proximity to perpetrators of violence. Psychology of Violence. Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/vio0000220
  • Quimby, D., Dusing, C. R., Deane, K., DiClemente, C. M., Morency, M. M., … Richards, M. (2018). Gun exposure among Black American youth residing in low-income urban environments. Journal of Black Psychology, 44(4), 322–346. https://doi.org/10.1177/0095798418773188
  • Sweeney, M. M., Rass, O., DiClemente, C. M., Schacht, R. L., Vo, H. T., Fishman, M. J., … Johnson, M. W. (2018). Working memory training for adolescents with cannabis use disorders: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Child & Adolescent Substance Abuse, 27(4), 211-226. https://doi.org/10.1080/1067828X.2018.1451793
  • DiClemente, C. M., Rice, C. M., Quimby, D., Richards, M. H., Grimes, C. T., … Pica, J. A. (2016). Resilience in urban African American adolescents: The protective enhancing effects of neighborhood, family, and school cohesion following violence exposure. The Journal of Early Adolescence, 38(9), 1286–1321. https://doi.org/10.1177/0272431616675974