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Marc  Karver

Marc Karver

Marc Karver
Associate Professor


Office: PCD 4107
Phone: 813/974-7443



Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, Vanderbilt University, Nashville, TN, 2000


Ph.D. Area: Clinical Program


Clinical child psychology; Child and adolescent psychotherapy and mental health services research; Psychotherapy treatment process research; Clinician behaviors and decision making; Assessment of child and adolescent strengths; Child and adolescent suicidality; Suicide prevention.

Research Synopsis

My research interests focus on evaluation and improvement of the quality of mental health services. I focus on addressing the three areas that define quality services: structure (characteristics of health organizations and service delivery systems that lead to positive outcomes - e.g. prevention services increasing access to mental health services), measurement of treatment processes (what goes on inside of mental health services that leads to positive outcomes) and outcomes (positive and maladaptive). My recent work has had two major overlapping thrusts: understanding core processes in mental health services research and adolescent/young adult suicidality assessment, management, and prevention. With my treatment process research, I take a close look at how mental health clinicians make decisions, what treatment techniques that they use, and how they form therapeutic relationships with their clients. I am particularly interested in studying the provision of mental health services to "high risk" populations such as suicidal adolescents. I have examined MHP's ability to evaluate high risk adolescents and make placement decisions. I examined crisis line clinicians’ ability to predict suicide related behaviors. I have also conducted several studies looking at treatment processes related to engaging depressed and suicidal adolescents in treatment. I have had 9 federally funded suicide prevention grants (3 currently funded) to examine means (gatekeeper training, care coordination, screening, professional training, social marketing, family involvement activities, postvention) to increase knowledge and identification abilities of students, parents, and staff while also tracking the processes and outcomes of linkage of school, agency, and parent referrals as aided by case management services of suicidal individuals to mental health assessment and treatment (e.g. CBT, DBT).

Specialty Area


Recent Publications

Elzy, M. & Karver, M. (accepted). Behavior versus perception: An investigation into the components of emotional invalidation. Personality and Mental Health.

Hangartner, R., Totura, C., Labouliere, C., Gryglewicz, K., & Karver, M. (accepted). Benchmarking the "Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR)" Program against Evaluations of Established Suicide Prevention Gatekeeper Trainings. Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior.

Totura, C. M. Wienke, Fields, S., & Karver, M. S. (accepted). The Role of the Therapeutic Relationship in Psychopharmacological Treatment Outcomes: A Meta-analytic Review. Psychiatric Services.

De Nadai, A. S., Karver, M. S., Murphy, T. K., Cavitt, M. A., Alvaro, J. L., Bengtson, M., Stock, S., Rakhshani, A. C., & Storch, E. A. (2017). Common factors in pediatric psychiatry: A review of essential and adjunctive mechanisms of treatment outcome. Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychopharmacology, 27(1), 10-18.

Gryglewicz, K., Chen, J. I., Romero, G. D., Karver, M. S., & Witmeier, M. (2017). Online Suicide Risk Assessment and Management Training: Pilot Evidence for Acceptability and Training Effects. Crisis, 38, 186-194.

Labouliere, C. D., Reyes, J. P., Shirk, S., & Karver, M. (2017). Therapeutic alliance with depressed adolescents: Predictor or outcome? Disentangling temporal confounds to understand early improvement. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 46(4), 600-610.

Labouliere, C. D., Tarquini, S. J., Totura, C. M. Wienke, Kutash, K., & Karver, M. S. (2015). Revisiting the concept of "knowledge:" How much is learned by students participating in suicide prevention gatekeeper training? Crisis, 36(4), 274-280.

Gryglewicz, K., Elzy, M. B., Brown, R. R., Kutash, K., & Karver, M. S. (2014). It’s Time to Talk About it: Utilizing a Community-Based Research Approach to Develop a Family Guide for Youth Suicide Prevention. International Journal of Child, Youth, and Family Studies, 5(1), 47-69.

Shirk, S. R., Karver, M. S., Brown, R. (2011). The Alliance in Youth Psychotherapy. Psychotherapy, 48(1):17-24.

Castro-Blanco, D. & Karver, M. S. (2010). Elusive Alliance: Treatment Engagement Strategies with High-Risk Adolescents. Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association