Demy Kamboukos, PhD is an Assistant Professor of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry in the Institute for Prevention Science at the Child Study Center. She is currently co-investigator on federally-funded grants to evaluate ParentCorps, a population-level family-centered, school-based intervention that aims to attenuate the adverse effects of poverty on child development. Dr. Kamboukos also teaches an undergraduate course, “Drugs & Kids”, offered as part of the Child and Adolescent Mental Health Studies (CAMS) minor at NYU.
Dr. Kamboukos’ research focuses on the development, evaluation and dissemination of family- and school-based preventive interventions. She directs and manages projects that promote mental and physical health, and academic success among ethnically diverse children from underserved communities. Previously, Dr. Kamboukos was co-investigator on a Center for Disease Control-funded study on the long-term effects of a preventive intervention on children at familial risk for conduct problems. Dr. Kamboukos was also the director of research of the Families Forward Program at the Child Study Center, where she developed, implemented and directed research projects on risk and resilience in traumatically bereaved families.
Dr. Kamboukos earned a BS in psychology and sociology from the University of La Verne, Athens, and an MA in developmental psychology from Teachers College, Columbia University. She received her MA and PhD in clinical psychology from the University of South Florida. She completed a research fellowship as part of the Putting Children First Public Policy Fellowship at Columbia University and the William T. Grant Foundation. Dr. Kamboukos completed her clinical internship in clinical child psychology at Schneider Children's Hospital, North Shore-Long Island Jewish Medical Center.
Prior to joining the Child Study Center, Dr. Kamboukos worked on federally-funded projects in developmental psychopathology at the New York State Psychiatric Institute/Columbia University. At the University of South Florida (USF), she conducted research on resilience and father-adolescent relationships. Dr. Kamboukos’ clinical expertise is in parent training, and the assessment and treatment of behavioral and mood problems in children and adolescents. She has taught undergraduate classes in developmental psychology at Barnard College, and research methods and developmental psychology at USF.
Dr. Kamboukos has presented at national and international conferences, and has published in peer-reviewed journals, including the Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Archives of General Psychiatry, Pediatrics, Child Development, Journal of Pediatric Psychology, American Psychologist, Journal of Early Adolescence, Journal of Community Psychology, and Child and Family Behavior Therapy. Dr. Kamboukos is also an ad-hoc reviewer for the American Psychological Association’s Psychology of Men & Masculinity.