Betsy D. Kennard, PsyD
Betsy D. Kennard, PsyD
University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center
Recruitment and Retention


Betsy D. Kennard, PsyD, ABPP is currently a Professor in Psychiatry, the Program Director of the Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology at UT Southwestern, and the Program Director of an intensive outpatient program for suicidal youth at Children’s Health. She has been the Program Director or Associate Director of the doctoral program for over 19 years, and during that time have been involved in educating over 170 psychologists.

Dr. Kennard has expertise in pediatric depression and suicide prevention and have served as a site co-investigator in four NIMH funded multi-site treatment studies of adolescent depression and suicide, and co-authored CBT treatment manuals for these four studies.

She has developed a CBT sequential treatment strategy to prevent relapse in youth with depression, and was a Principal Investigator in an NIMH funded treatment study to prevent relapse in depression and on a NIMH R34, “Brief Intervention for Suicide Risk Reduction in High Risk Adolescents;” in collaboration with U. of Pittsburgh, NIMH R34 MH100375-01. She is currently the PI on a project to determine efficacy of an inpatient intervention and a smartphone app for suicidal adolescents to reduce suicide attempts following hospital discharge, funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.

Dr. Kennard has directed a suicide prevention treatment program (launched in 2014), where over 1700 youth and their families have been treated. She received funding to adapt the program for a community mental health setting, that serves low-income, culturally diverse suicidal youth, funded by Texas Health and Human Services.

She serves as protocol vice chair of the “Combined Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and a Medication Management Algorithm for Treatment of Depression among Youth Living with HIV in the United States,” funded by the International Maternal Pediatric Adolescent AIDS Clinical Trials Network (IMPAACT). Dr. Kennard is Co-site lead for the Youth Depression & Suicide Research Network within the Texas Child Mental Health Care Consortium, funded by the state legislature, to research mental health care delivery and outcomes.