Dr. Carl E. Paternite, who obtained his graduate training in developmental and clinical psychology, is an Associate Dean and Professor of Psychology in the College of Arts and Science at Miami University, where he has been on the faculty for 32 years. He is the founding and current director of the Center for School-Based Mental Health Programs in the Department of Psychology, where he has been involved regionally and nationally in efforts to promote expanded, evidence-based, school-based mental health practices. He also directs the Ohio Mental Health Network for School Success, a joint venture of the Ohio Department of Mental Health and the Ohio Department of Education. Dr. Paternite is also a member of the American Psychological Association Commission on Accreditation, and he has served in an advisory capacity for several national organizations, including work currently with the National Assembly on School-Based Health Care.
Dr. Paternite has particular interest and expertise in approaches to involve educators more fully within school mental health efforts; in public policy advocacy and moving policy to action; and in formative evaluation of school-based and school-linked programs. Dr. Paternite is also well known for his research on external validation of diagnostic models for childhood, adolescent, and young adult ADHD and disruptive disorders, as well as on social-contextual factors that contribute to the development of behavior problems.
Dr. Paternite has published extensively in edited books and prominent journals, and he has presented at many national and international professional meetings. Dr. Paternite was a co-recipient of the Miami University College of Arts and Science 2003 Distinguished Educator Award. He also was the recipient of the 2005 Juanita Evans Memorial Award, bestowed by the Center for School Mental Health, for national leadership in school mental health. Carl and his wife, Ginny, have three children and six grandchildren.