Erica P. Messer, PsyD

Pediatric Psychologist, Clinical, Behavioral Medicine & Clinical Psychology

Academic Affiliations

Assistant Professor, UC Department of Pediatrics

Phone 513-636-4336

Fax 513-636-0204


Children and families exposed to domestic violence; children in foster care
Erica Pearl Messer, PsyD, received her doctorate in clinical psychology from Xavier University in Cincinnati, OH. In September 2004, she joined the Trauma Treatment Replication Center, a joint collaborative of the Mayerson Center for Safe and Healthy Children and the Childhood Trust, to provide training and consultation to community providers in the area of evidence-based treatments for traumatized children and families. She trains community providers in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE), a program for non-clinical providers who interact with traumatized children.

BA: Ohio University, Athens, OH, 1999.

PsyD: Xavier University, Cincinnati, OH, 2004.

Predoctoral Internship: UC Davis Children's Hospital, Sacramento, CA, 2003-2004.

Postdoctoral Fellowship: Childhood Trauma and Maltreatment, Cincinnati Children's Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH, 2004-2005.

Pearl E, Thieken L, Olafson E, Boat B, Connelly L, Barnes J, Putnam F. Effectiveness of community dissemination of parent-child interaction therapy. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. 4(2), 204-213. 2012.

Boat B, Pearl E, Barnes J, Richey L, Crouch D, Barzman D, Putnam F. Childhood cruelty to animals: Psychiatric and demographic correlates. J Aggres Maltreat Trauma. 2011.

Pearl ES. Parent management training for reducing oppositional and aggressive behavior in preschool children. Aggression and Violent Behavior. 2009;14:295-305.

Pearl ES. Parent-child interaction therapy with an immigrant family exposed to domestic violence. Clinical Case Studies. 2008;7(1):25-41.

Book Chapters

Pearl E, Minnick JL. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and Child-Adult Relationship Enhancement (CARE). In An Integrated Model for Treatment of Early Childhood Abuse. C. Huff & H.J. Sites (Eds.). Royal Oak, MI: Self-Esteem Shop, 2007.

Pearl, E. S. & Dulaney C. Depressive symptoms and prosocial behavior after participation in a bullying prevention program. Journal of School Violence 5(4), 3-20. 2006.