Dr. Houck is a staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital in the Department of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. He is the Director of the Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program for postdoctoral training in the Brown Clinical Psychology Training Consortium's Postdoctoral Fellowship Training Program. He is a licensed clinical psychologist who earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Michigan in 1996. He obtained his Ph.D. in Clinical and Health Psychology from the University of Florida in 2002. He completed his internship at the Children's Hospital of Orange County in Orange, California and a postdoctoral fellowship at Brown University. He conducts research on factors related to adolescent risk behaviors, especially sexual behaviors and dating violence risk, and the role of emotion regulation in health behavior interventions. In addition, Dr. Houck provides clinical services to children and adolescents with co-occurring psychological and medical problems, as well as to those affected by family illness.
|Hadley W, Houck C, Barker D, Wickham B, Bogner J, Jelalian E. "Preliminary Impact of an Adapted Emotion Regulation Intervention for Adolescents with Overweight and Obesity Attempting to Lose Weight." Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 2020.|
|Riese A, Houck C, Abdullahi N, Davies AC, Baird J, Alverson B. "An Electronic Sexual Health Module for Hospitalized Adolescent Girls." Hospital Pediatrics , vol. 9, no. 11, 2019, pp. 880-887.|
|Javdani S, Sadeh N, White HI, Emerson E, Houck C, Brown LK, Donenberg GR. "Contextualizing pubertal development: The combination of sexual partners' age and girls' pubertal development confers risk for externalizing but not internalizing symptoms among girls in therapeutic day schools." Journal of Adolescence, vol. 71, 2019, pp. 84-90.|
|Moore JL, Houck C, Barron CE, Goldberg AP. "Patients Referred for Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking: A Comparison of Confirmed and Suspected Youth." Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, vol. 32, no. 6, 2019, pp. 628-632.|
|Lansing AH, Guthrie KM, Hadley W, Stewart A, Peters A, Houck CD. "Qualitative Assessment of Emotion Regulation Strategies for Prevention of Health Risk Behaviors in Early Adolescents." Journal of Child and Family Studies, vol. 28, no. 3, 2019, pp. 765-775.|
|Houck, Christopher D., Barker, David H., Hadley, Wendy, Menefee, Maya, Brown, Larry K. "Sexual Risk Outcomes of an Emotion Regulation Intervention for At-Risk Early Adolescents." Pediatrics, vol. 141, no. 6, 2018, pp. e20172525.|
|Goldberg AP, Moore JL, Houck C, Kaplan DM, Barron CE. "Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Patients: A Retrospective Analysis of Medical Presentation." Journal of Pediatric and Adolescent Gynecology, vol. 30, no. 1, 2017, pp. 109-115.|
|Kemp, Kathleen, Thamotharan, Sneha, Poindexter, Brittney, Barker, David, Tolou-Shams, Marina, Houck, Christopher D. "Emotion Regulation as a Predictor of Juvenile Arrest." Criminal Justice and Behavior, vol. 44, no. 7, 2017, pp. 912-926.|
|Rickerby, Michelle L., DerMarderosian, Diane, Nassau, Jack, Houck, Christopher. "Family-Based Integrated Care (FBIC) in a Partial Hospital Program for Complex Pediatric Illness." Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, vol. 26, no. 4, 2017, pp. 733-759.|
|Hadley, Wendy, Barker, David, Thamotharan, Sneha, Houck, Christopher D. "Relationship Between Unsupervised Time and Participation in an Emotion Regulation Intervention and Risk Outcomes." Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, 2017, pp. 1.|
|Brown LK, Whiteley L, Houck CD, Craker LK, Lowery A, Beausoleil N, Donenberg G. "The Role of Affect Management for HIV Risk Reduction for Youth in Alternative Schools." Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 56, no. 6, 2017, pp. 524-531.|
|Moore JL, Houck C, Hirway P, Barron CE, Goldberg AP. "Trafficking Experiences and Psychosocial Features of Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking Victims." Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 2017, pp. 886260517703373.|
|Javdani, Shabnam, Sadeh, Naomi, Donenberg, Geri R., Emerson, Erin M., Houck, Christopher, Brown, Larry K. "Affect recognition among adolescents in therapeutic schools: relationships with posttraumatic stress disorder and conduct disorder symptoms." Child and Adolescent Mental Health, vol. 22, no. 1, 2016, pp. 42-48.|
|Houck CD, Hadley W, Barker D, Brown LK, Hancock E, Almy B. "An Emotion Regulation Intervention to Reduce Risk Behaviors Among at-Risk Early Adolescents." Prevention Science, vol. 17, no. 1, 2016, pp. 71-82.|
|Houck CD, Barker DH, Hadley W, Brown LK, Lansing A, Almy B, Hancock E. "The 1-year impact of an emotion regulation intervention on early adolescent health risk behaviors." Health Psychology, vol. 35, no. 9, 2016, pp. 1036-45.|
|Swenson RR, Houck C, Sarfati D, Emerson E, Donenberg G, Brown LK. "HIV Testing Among Teens Attending Therapeutic Schools: Having a Personal Source of Information About HIV/AIDS Matters!." J Primary Prevent, vol. 36, no. 3, 2015, pp. 155-66.|
|Almy B, Long K, Lobato D, Plante W, Kao B, Houck C. "Perceptions of Siblingsʼ Sexual Activity Predict Sexual Attitudes Among At-Risk Adolescents." Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, vol. 36, no. 4, 2015, pp. 258-66.|
|Almy, Brandon, Long, Kristin, Lobato, Debra, Plante, Wendy, Kao, Barbara, Houck, Christopher. "Perceptions of Siblingsʼ Sexual Activity Predict Sexual Attitudes Among At-Risk Adolescents." Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, vol. 36, no. 4, 2015, pp. 258-266.|
|Hadley, Wendy, Houck, Christopher D., Barker, David, Senocak, Natali. "Relationships of parental monitoring and emotion regulation with early adolescents' sexual behaviors." Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, vol. 36, no. 5, 2015, pp. 381-388.|
|Houck, Christopher, Swenson, Rebecca, Donenberg, Geri, Papino, Andrew, Emerson, Erin, Brown, Larry K. "Adolescents’ Emotions Prior to Sexual Activity and Associations with Sexual Risk Factors." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 18, no. 8, 2014, pp. 1615-23.|
|Rodriguez EM, Donenberg GR, Emerson E, Wilson HW, Brown LK, Houck C. "Family environment, coping, and mental health in adolescents attending therapeutic day schools." Journal of Adolescence, vol. 37, no. 7, 2014, pp. 1133-42.|
|Houck CD, Barker D, Rizzo C, Hancock E, Norton A, Brown LK. "Sexting and Sexual Behavior in At-Risk Adolescents." PEDIATRICS, vol. 133, no. 2, 2014, pp. e276-82.|
|Brown, Larry K., Houck, Christopher, Donenberg, Geri, Emerson, Erin, Donahue, Kelly, Misbin, Jesse. "Affect management for HIV prevention with adolescents in therapeutic schools: the immediate impact of project balance." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 17, no. 8, 2013, pp. 2773-80.|
|Hadley W, Houck CD, Barker DH, Garcia AM, Spitalnick JS, Curtis V, Roye S, Brown LK. "Eliciting Affect via Immersive Virtual Reality: A Tool for Adolescent Risk Reduction." Journal of Pediatric Psychology, vol. 39, no. 3, 2013, pp. 358-368.|
|Long, K. A., Lobato, D., Kao, B., Plante, W., Grullon, E., Cheas, L., Houck, C., Seifer, R. "Perceptions of emotion expression and sibling-parent emotion communication in Latino and non-Latino white siblings of children with intellectual disabilities." Journal of Pediatric Psychology, vol. 38, no. 5, 2013, pp. 551-562.|
|Houck, C.D., Hadley, W.S., Tolou-Shams, M. Brown, L.K. "Truancy is associated with sexual risk among early adolescents." Journal of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics, vol. 33, no. 9, 2013, pp. 728-31.|
|Brown, Larry K., Houck, Christopher, Lescano, Celia, Donenberg, Geri, Tolou-Shams, Marina, Mello, Justin. "Affect regulation and HIV risk among youth in therapeutic schools." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 16, no. 8, 2012, pp. 2272-8.|
|Tolou-Shams M, Houck CD, Nugent N, Conrad SM, Reyes A, Brown LK. "Alcohol Use and HIV Risk among Juvenile Drug Court Offenders." Journal of social work practice in the addictions, vol. 12, no. 2, 2012, pp. 178-188.|
|Houck CD, Hadley W. "Commentary: pediatric psychology research informing policy for AIDS-affected youth in Africa." J. Pediatr. Psychol., vol. 37, no. 8, 2012, pp. 879-81.|
|Swenson, Rebecca R., Houck, Christopher D., Barker, David, Zeanah, Paula D., Brown, Larry K. "Prospective analysis of the transition to sexual experience and changes in sexual self-esteem among adolescents attending therapeutic schools." Journal of Adolescence, vol. 35, no. 1, 2012, pp. 77-85.|
|Donenberg, G. R., Emerson, E., Brown, L. K., Houck, C., Mackesy-Amiti, M. E. "Sexual Experience Among Emotionally and Behaviorally Disordered Students in Therapeutic Day Schools: An Ecological Examination of Adolescent Risk." Journal of Pediatric Psychology, vol. 37, no. 8, 2012, pp. 904-913.|
|Houck, Christopher D., Hadley, Wendy, Tolou-Shams, Marina, Brown, Larry. "Truancy is Associated With Sexual Risk Among Early Adolescents." Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, vol. 33, no. 9, 2012, pp. 728-731.|
|Tolou-Shams, Marina, Houck, Christopher, Conrad, Selby M., Tarantino, Nicholas, Stein, L.A.R., Brown, Larry K. "HIV Prevention for Juvenile Drug Court Offenders: A Randomized Controlled Trial Focusing on Affect Management." Journal of Correctional Health Care, vol. 17, no. 3, 2011, pp. 226-32.|
|Brown, Larry K., Nugent, Nicole R., Houck, Christopher D., Lescano, Celia M., Whiteley, Laura B., Barker, David, Viau, Lisa, Zlotnick, Caron. "Safe Thinking and Affect Regulation (STAR): Human Immunodeficiency Virus Prevention in Alternative/Therapeutic Schools." Journal of the American Academy of Child & Adolescent Psychiatry, vol. 50, no. 10, 2011, pp. 1065-74.|
|Swenson, Rebecca R., Hadley, Wendy S., Houck, Christopher D., Dance, S. Kwame, Brown, Larry K. "Who Accepts a Rapid HIV Antibody Test? The Role of Race/Ethnicity and HIV Risk Behavior Among Community Adolescents." Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 48, no. 5, 2011, pp. 527-9.|
|Houck CD, Nugent NR, Lescano CM, Peters A, Brown LK. "Sexual abuse and sexual risk behavior: beyond the impact of psychiatric problems." J. Pediatr. Psychol., vol. 35, no. 5, 2010, pp. 473-83.|
|Lescano CM, Houck CD, Brown LK, Doherty G, DiClemente RJ, Fernandez MI, Pugatch D, Schlenger WE, Silver BJ, Project SHIELD Study Group. "Correlates of heterosexual anal intercourse among at-risk adolescents and young adults." Am J Public Health, vol. 99, no. 6, 2009, pp. 1131-6.|
|Grossman C, Hadley W, Brown LK, Houck CD, Peters A, Tolou-Shams M, Project SHIELD Study Group. "Adolescent sexual risk: factors predicting condom use across the stages of change." AIDS and Behavior, vol. 12, no. 6, 2008, pp. 913-22.|
|Brown LK, Houck CD, Grossman CI, Lescano CM, Frenkel JL. "Frequency of adolescent self-cutting as a predictor of HIV risk." Journal of Developmental & Behavioral Pediatrics, vol. 29, no. 3, 2008, pp. 161-5.|
|Houck CD, Hadley W, Lescano CM, Pugatch D, Brown LK, Project Shield Study Group. "Suicide attempt and sexual risk behavior: relationship among adolescents." Archives of Suicide Research, vol. 12, no. 1, 2008, pp. 39-49.|
|Tolou-Shams M, Brown LK, Houck C, Lescano CM, Project SHIELD Study Group. "The association between depressive symptoms, substance use, and HIV risk among youth with an arrest history." Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, vol. 69, no. 1, 2008, pp. 58-64.|
|Tolou-Shams M, Payne N, Houck C, Pugatch D, Beausoleil N, Brown LK, Project SHIELD Study Group. "HIV testing among at-risk adolescents and young adults: a prospective analysis of a community sample." Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 41, no. 6, 2007, pp. 586-93.|
|Houck CD, Rodrigue JR, Lobato D. "Parent-adolescent communication and psychological symptoms among adolescents with chronically ill parents." J. Pediatr. Psychol., vol. 32, no. 5, 2007, pp. 596-604.|
|Houck CD, Lescano CM, Brown LK, Tolou-Shams M, Thompson J, Diclemente R, Fernandez MI, Pugatch D, Schlenger WE, Silver BJ. "Islands of Risk": subgroups of adolescents at risk for HIV." J. Pediatr. Psychol., vol. 31, no. 6, 2006, pp. 619-29.|
|Brown LK, Tolou-Shams M, Lescano C, Houck C, Zeidman J, Pugatch D, Lourie KJ, Project SHIELD Study Group. "Depressive symptoms as a predictor of sexual risk among African American adolescents and young adults." Journal of Adolescent Health, vol. 39, no. 3, 2006, pp. 444.e1-8.|
|Brown LK, Houck CD, Hadley WS, Lescano CM. "Self-cutting and sexual risk among adolescents in intensive psychiatric treatment." PS, vol. 56, no. 2, 2005, pp. 216-8.|
|Streisand R, Rodrigue JR, Houck C, Graham-Pole J, Berlant N. "Brief report: parents of children undergoing bone marrow transplantation: documenting stress and piloting a psychological intervention program." J. Pediatr. Psychol., vol. 25, no. 5, 2000, pp. 331-7.|
Dr. Houck's research interests focus on adolescent risk behavior, specifically on developing and testing interventions to promote healthy behavior. He is currently testing tablet-based intervention programs, one with a target of improving emotion regulation skills and another designed to prevent dating violence among middle school adolescents.
Early adolescents are at risk for negative health outcomes due to risk behaviors (e.g., unprotected sex, substance abuse) initiated during this developmental period, and delaying initiation into this risk can have a significant impact on an adolescent's future health. Underlying all of these problems are difficulties with emotion regulation. Emotional reactivity appears to interfere with the use of cognitive skills learned in traditional health education programs, and recent evidence highlights the role of emotion dysregulation in increasing the likelihood of sexual risk behaviors among adolescents. Also, early adolescence is a time when teens are developing their understanding of emotions and their ability to regulate emotion. These findings suggest an important role for an intervention that can reach vulnerable early adolescents to address emotional factors associated with risk situations, such as those involving sex, alcohol, and drugs, in order to reduce risk behaviors. Project TRAC (Talking about Risk and Adolescent Choices) targeted high-risk early adolescents (those who exhibit emotional, behavioral, or substance use risks) at urban middle schools in Providence County, Rhode Island, by comparing two after-school intervention programs: and emotion regulation training program and a more traditional health education program. Results suggested that early adolescents in the emotion regulation intervention were less likely to begin having sex and engaged in less sexual risk behavior over the 30-month follow-up of the project. The goal of finding strategies for disseminating emotion regulation education has led our research team to projects leveraging technology (e.g., virtual reality, tablet-based intervention delivery) for teaching emotion regulation skills as well as assisting a project that will apply emotion regulation strategies to adolescent weight control efforts. In addition, we are using technology strategies to intervene on adolescent dating violence by testing the efficacy of a dyadic, web-based intervention completed by parents and their early adolescent sons.
Co-Investigator, An Affect Management Intervention for Juvenile Offenders. (9/20/04-8/31/06) Larry Brown, PI, Funded by National Institute of Drug Abuse (R21 DA019245). Total direct costs $275,000.
Principal Investigator, Affect Management Intervention for Early Adolescents with Mental Health Problems. (5/1/07-4/30/10) Funded by National Institute of Mental Health (R34 MH078750). Total direct costs $438,529.
Principal Investigator, GME Curriculum Innovations Targeting the ACGME Competencies of Professionalism and Communication (7/1/08-6/31/09) Funded by the Rhode Island Hospital Graduate Medical Education Committee Grant Award Program. Total award $7499.
Principal Investigator, Delivering Bad News and Other Difficult Conversations: Training Residents to be Better Communicators with Vulnerable Families (7/1/09-6/30/14) Funded by the Hassenfeldt Foundation. Total award $77,500.
Principal Investigator, Preventing HIV through Affect Management for High-Risk Early Adolescents (8/19/09-6/30/14) Funded by the National Institute of Nursing Research (R01 NR011906). Total direct costs $1,871,010.
Co-Investigator, Eliciting Affect in Teens in a Virtual World (7/1/10-7/1/11) Wendy Hadley, PI, Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (R41 MH087322- Phase I). Total direct costs $163,849.
Co-Investigator, Community-Based Participatory Research to Develop a School-Based HIV Screening Program (9/15/12-7/31/14) Rebecca Swenson, PI, Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (R21 MH095626). Total direct costs $275,000.
Co-Investigator, Reduce the Risk: An Affect Management Program for HIV Prevention (4/1/13-3/31/15) Wendy Hadley, PI, Funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (R42 MH087322). Total direct costs $376,731.
Site Principal Investigator, Partner Violence Prevention for Middle School Boys: A Dyadic Web-Based Intervention (1/1/15-12/31/17) Christie Rizzo, PI, Funded by the National Institute of Justice (2014-MU-CX-0002). Total direct costs $538,848.
Site Principal Investigator, Dating Violence Prevention for Juvenile Justice Girls (10/1/16-3/31/20) Christie Rizzo, PI, Funded by the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01 HD080780). Total direct costs $2,730,548.
Co-Investigator, Enhancing Emotion Regulation among Overweight and Obese Adolescents Attempting to Lose Weight (8/15/16-7/31/18) Wendy Hadley, PI, Funded by the National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases (R21 DK108164). Total direct costs $275,000.
Principal Investigator, An Emotion Regulation Intervention for Early Adolescent Risk Behavior Prevention (8/1/17-7/31/19) Christopher Houck, PI, Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R21 HD 089979). Total direct costs $358,886.
Co-Principal Investigator, Dating Violence Prevention Program Focusing on Middle School Boys (8/19/19-5/31/24) Christopher Houck and Christie Rizzo, PIs, Funded by the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (R01 HD 097126). Total direct costs $2,168,208.
|Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology||Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium||2002-2004||Providence, Rhode Island, USA|
Journal of Pediatric Psychology Editorial Board, November 2007-present
Psychology Research Mentor Award, 2016-2017, Alpert Medical School at Brown University Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
|Barker, David||Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research)|
|Brown, Larry||Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior|
Director, Clinical Child Psychology Specialty Program- Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, July 2020- present
Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consorrtium Intern Admissions Committee, August 2011-present
Child Track Coordinattor for the Postdoctoral Fellowship Program - Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, September 2012- June 2020
Pediatric Psychology Internship Co-Coordinator - Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, July 2014-present
Member, Society of Prevention Research, 2009-10, 2013-present
|Psychologist||Rhode Island Department of Health||2004-||#PS00856|
|Associate Professor Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research) and Associate Professor of Pediatrics (Research). Brown University, 2014-2020|
|Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Research), Asstant Professor of Pediatrics (Research). 2011-2020|
|Assistant Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical). Brown University, 2010-2011|
|Staff Psychologist. 2005-2020|
|Psychologist. Hasbro Children's Hospital & Rhode Island Hospital, 2005-2020|
|Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Human Behavior (Clinical). Brown Univeristy , 2005-2011|
|Research Associate, Rhode Island Hospital. Rhode Island Hospital, 2004-2004|