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Philip A Saigh

Professional Background

Educational Background

B.A., University of North Carolina (Philosophy); M.A., University of Georgia (Educational Psychology); Ph.D., University of Georgia (Educational Psychology)

Languages: English, French, Arabic

Scholarly Interests

Epidemiology, etiology, assessment, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in children and adolescents; child abuse,; developmental psychopathology; test development and validation; cross-cultural research on child-adolescent psychiatric disorders, and prevention research.

Selected Publications

Saigh, P. A. (2004). The Children's Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Inventory. San Antonio, TX: Psychological Corp.

Saigh, P. A., Yasik, A. E., Oberfield, R. O., Halamandaris, P., & Bremner, D. J. (2006). The intellectual performance of traumatized children and adolescents with or without posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 115,  332-340.

Saigh, P. A., Yasik, A. E., Oberfield, R, O., & Halamandaris, P. (2007). Self-reported anger among traumatized children and adolescents. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 29, 29-37.

Yasik, A. E., Saigh, P. A., Oberfield, R. O., & Halamandaris, P. V. (2007). Posttraumatic stress disorder: Memory and learning performance in children and adolescents. Biological Psychiatry, 61, 382-388.

Saigh, P. A., Yasik, A. E., Oberfield, R, O., & Halamandaris, P. (in press).The self-concept of traumatized children   and adolescents with or without PTSD. Behavior Research and Therapy.

biographical information

Philip A. Saigh, Ph.D., is a Professor of Psychology and Education at Teachers College, Columbia University. He has worked with traumatized children, adolescents and adults since 1977. His research interests involve the epidemiology, etiology, assessment, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) in children and adolescents. He interests also involve test development and childhood psychopathology. He is currently investigating the relationship between trauma exposure, PTSD, and cognitive functioning. Professor Saigh was the first investigator to demonstrate the efficacy of imaginal exposure in the treatment of children and adolescents with PTSD. He developed validated the Children's PTSD Inventory and nine additional tests. His books include Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: Theory Research and Treatment and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder: A Comprehensive Text (with D. J. Bremner, M.D.). Professor Saigh is the current President of the Academy for Research on Traumatic Stress. He also is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association's Divisions of Clinical Psychology and School Psychology. He teaches courses involving behavior therapy, developmental psychopathology, child-adolescent PTSD and related disorders, and classroom behavior management.

HBSK 4073: Childhood Disorders

Permission required. Information involving the symptoms, life-course, prevalence, and etiology of a number of psychiatric disorders that are manifested in childhood and adolescence is presented. Information involving assessment and treatment is also considered. This course considers psycho-educational assessment, diagnosis, and treatment of child and adolescent disorders. A testing lab is included. Materials fee: $75.

HBSK 4085: Behavioral management in the classroom

Behavioral analysis and management techniques applied to the classroom. Observation and recording of behaviors, behavior change, reinforcement schedules, shaping token economies, contingency management, and evaluation of behavior modification. Focuses on applications but includes familiarization with research.

HBSK 5050: Therapeutic interventions for school psychologists

Permission required. This course is intended to provide school psychology students with information about applied behavior analysis, behavior therapy, and cognitive-behavior therapy. Information pertaining to behavioral assessment, single-case research designs and behavioral and cognitive-behavioral approaches to the treatment of childhood disorders and problems is considered. Information involving treatment efficacy is a major focus of the course. Materials fee: $100

HBSK 5051: Child-adolescent PTSD and related disorders

Permission required. This course presents information about the history, epidemiology, etiology, assessment, prevention, and cognitive-behavioral treatment of child-adolescent post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and related internalizing disorders. Analogue diagnostic and treatment training is provided. Materials fee: $100.

HBSK 6572: Research in applied educational psychology: : Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder

Permission required. Prerequisite: familiarity with statistical procedures and research design. Students participate in ongoing research or other special projects under the direction of a faculty member.