Esther Deblinger, PhD

Dr. Esther Deblinger is a licensed clinical psychologist and professor at the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey - School of Osteopathic Medicine. She is co-founder and co-director of the New Jersey Child Abuse Research Education and Service (CARES) Institute, which is a member center of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN).

Dr. Deblinger has conducted extensive clinical research examining the mental health impact of child abuse and the treatment of PTSD and other abuse-related difficulties. She has authored numerous scientific articles and book chapters, and published four books including, Treating Sexually Abused Children and Their Nonoffending Parents: A Cognitive Behavioral Approach.

Dr. Deblinger and her collaborators, Drs. Judy Cohen and Anthony Mannarino, have developed and extensively tested Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), a treatment program that has evolved as the clear standard of care for children and adolescents who have experienced abuse and trauma. In 2001 TF-CBT was given an “Exemplary Program Award” by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. In 2004 it was named a Best Practice by the Kauffman Best Practices Task Force of the NCTSN, and was given the highest classification for an evidence based practice by the U.S. Department of Justice sponsored report, Child Physical and Sexual Abuse: Guidelines for Treatment.

Dr. Deblinger is a frequent invited speaker at local, national and international conferences and she served two terms on the Board of the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children. In addition to her administrative research and teaching activities, Dr. Deblinger remains active as a clinician and supervisor.

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