Arora, Prerna (pa2542)

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Arora, Prerna
Assistant Professor of School Psychology
Health & Behavior Studies

529C Thndk

Educational Background

Ph.D., School Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
M.A., Educational Psychology, University of Texas at Austin
B.S. Biology, Arizona State University 

Predoctoral Clinical Psychology Internship, The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia
Post-Doctoral Training, Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine

Certifications/Licensure: License Psychologist, New York (# 021875-1)

Scholarly Interests

Dr. Arora’s research focuses on issues of access and quality of care for underserved youth and adolescents. In particular, Dr. Arora’s research focuses on identifying risk and protective factors in the development of depressive disorders among ethnic minority immigrant youth; barriers to help-seeking among ethnic minority immigrant youth and families; and developing and implementing culturally-informed school and community-based prevention and intervention programming for youth internalizing disorders. Dr. Arora’s work is grounded in a participatory action research approach and incorporates the use of mixed methodology. She also has additional lines of research in international school-based research efforts and behavioral health integration in pediatric primary care.

Selected Publications

Dart, E. H., Arora, P. G., Collins, T. A., Stark, K., Cook, C., Duong, M., McCarty, M. & Doll, B. (in press). Development of a brief behavior rating scale for progress monitoring of depression in school settings. Assessment for Effective Intervention. 

Arora, P. G., Baker, C. N., Krumholz, L. K., & Stark, K. D. (In press). Components analysis of a school-based cognitive-behavioral treatment for youth depression. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

Arora, P. G., & Wheeler, L. (2018). Depressive symptoms in Mexican-origin adolescents: Interrelations between school and family contexts. Contemporary School Psychology, 22(3), 266-278.

Ihorn, S., & Arora, P. G. (2018). Teleconsultation to support the education of students with visual impairments: A program evaluation. Journal of Educational and Psychological Consultation, 28(3), 319-341. 

Connors, E., Arora, P. G., Blizzard, A., Coble, K., Harrison, J., Coble, K.,…& Wissow, L. (2018). When behavioral health concerns present in pediatric primary care: Factors influencing provider decision-making. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 45(3), 340-355.

Pidano, A., Arora, P. G., Gipson, P., Honigfield, L., Hudson, B., & Schellinger, K. (2018). Psychologists and pediatricians in the primary care sandbox: Communication is key to cooperative play. Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings, 25(1), 32-42.

Arora, P. G., Wheeler, L. A., Fisher, S, & Barnes, J. V. (2017). A prospective examination of anxiety as a predictor of depressive symptoms among Asian American early adolescent youth: The role of parent, peer, and teacher support and school engagement. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 23(4), 541-550.

Arora, P. G., Connors, E., Coble, K., Blizzard, A., Wissow, L., & Pruitt, D. (2017). Pediatric primary care providers’ use of behavioral health consultation. Psychiatric Services, 68(6), 531-534. 

Arora, P. G., Godoy, L., & Hodgkinson, S. (2017). Serving the underserved: Cultural considerations in behavioral health integration in pediatric primary care. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 48(3), 139-148.

Nastasi, B., Arora, P. G., & Varjas, K. (2017). The meaning and importance of cultural construction for global development. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 5(3), 137-140.

Arora, P. G., Nastasi, B., & Leff, S. S. (2017). Rationale for the cultural construction of school mental health programming. International Journal of School & Educational Psychology, 5(3),141-151.

Arora, P. G., Connors, E., Blizzard, A., Coble, K., Gloff, N., & Pruitt, D. (2017). Dissemination and implementation science in program evaluation: A telemental health clinical consultation case example. Evaluation and Program Planning, 60, 56-63.

Arora, P. G., Stephan, S. H., Becker, K. D., Wissow, L. (2016). Psychosocial interventions for use in pediatric primary care: An examination of providers' perspectives. Family, Systems, & Health, 34(4), 414-423.

Arora, P. G., Connors, E. H., George, M. W., Lyon, A. R., Wolk, B. C., & Weist, M. D. (2016). Advancing evidence-based assessment in school mental health: Key priorities for an applied research agenda. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 19(4), 271-284.

Arora, P. G. & Bohnenkamp, J. H. (2016). Collaborative practices and partnerships across school mental health and pediatric primary care settings. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 9(3-4), 141-147.

Arora, P. G., Connors, E. H, Biscardi, K., & Hill, A. M. (2016). School mental health professionals’ training, comfort, and attitudes toward interprofessional collaboration with Pediatric Primary Care providers. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 9(3-4), 169-187.

Arora, P. G., Metz, K., & Carlson, C. (2016). Attitudes toward professional psychological help seeking in South Asian students: Role of stigma and gender. Journal of Multicultural Counseling and Development, 44(4), 263-284. 

Baker, C. N., Brown, S., Wilcox, P. D., Overstreet, S., & Arora, P. G. (2016). Development and psychometric evaluation of the Attitudes Related to Trauma-Informed Care (ARTIC) scale. School Mental Health, 8(1), 61-76.

Morey, M., Arora, P. G., & Stark, K. D. (2015). Multiple stage screening of youth depression in schools. Psychology in the Schools, 52(8), 800-814.

Arora, P. G., Krumholz, L. K., Guerra, T., & Leff, S. (2015). Measuring community-based participatory research partnerships: The initial development of an assessment instrument. Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education and Action, 9(4), 549-560.

Schultz, B. K., Arora, P. G., & Mautone, J. A. (2015). Consultation and coaching to increase the uptake of evidence-based practices: Introduction to the special issue. School Mental Health, 7(1), 1-5. 

Connors, E., Arora, P. G., Curtis, L., & Stephan, S. H. (2015). Evidence based assessment in school mental health. Cognitive & Behavioral Practice, 22(1), 60-73.


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