Get to Know Our Training Team

Beverly Funderburk, PhD

Global Trainer

Beverly W. Funderburk, Ph.D. is a PCIT Global Trainer and President of the Board of Directors of PCIT International. With Dr. Sheila Eyberg, the founder of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), she is the co-author of the treatment protocol for PCIT. Dr. Funderburk is a Professor of Research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She is a licensed child clinical psychologist and received her graduate training at the University of Florida in Gainesville. Dr. Funderburk is active in PCIT training, treatment, and research. She was the clinical supervisor in a series of randomized controlled trials that established PCIT as an effective treatment to reduce future reports of maltreatment in families with a history of physical abuse and neglect. She is the Director of the PCIT Training Program at the OU Health Sciences Center, which has been a national leader in PCIT training for over 20 years. Her research interests include issues of training and dissemination in PCIT and cultural applications of PCIT. She is active in developing treatment and training materials and methods to promote the successful adoption and application of PCIT in a variety of settings. Along with Dr. Paul Shawler, she has worked since 2017 to establish a treatment program for Selective Mutism at the Child Study Center.

Vicki Cook, M.Ed., LPC

Regional Trainer

Vicki Cook, M.Ed., LPC, is heavily involved in Oklahoma’s national training program for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) as a Regional Trainer and consultant for newly trained therapists. She provides training and consultation services in the area of substance abuse as well as behavior challenges on state and national levels.  Further, she is the Co-Director of the A Better Chance Program (ABC) at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. She received her Master’s Degree in Community Counseling from the University of Central Oklahoma and has been working in the ABC program with infants and toddlers for over 20 years. The ABC program is the only program in the state of Oklahoma which specializes in the assessment and treatment of infants and children with prenatal alcohol and drug exposure. Mrs. Cook provides information related to prenatal substance exposure & Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, educational guidance and case management services to families and children impacted by substance use.  For the last several years, Mrs. Cook has been coordinating services through a contract with the Family Drug Court of Oklahoma County.

Amanda Pollock, M.Ed., LPC

Regional Trainer

Amanda Pollock, M.Ed., LPC, is a Regional Trainer in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), providing training and consultation for new therapists. In addition, she serves as the Director of Outreach for the A Better Chance Program at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, providing training and consultation on prenatal substance effects at local and state levels.  She received her Master’s degree in Community Counseling from the University of Oklahoma and has been working in the ABC program for over 15 years. The ABC program is the only program in the state of Oklahoma which specializes in the assessment and treatment of children with prenatal alcohol and drug exposure. Through this role, Mrs. Pollock provides assessment, treatment, and training on the impact of prenatal substance use on infants and young children.

Carisa Wilsie, Ph.D.

Regional Trainer

Carisa Wilsie, Ph.D., is involved in Oklahoma’s national training program for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) as a Regional Trainer and consultant for therapists. Dr. Wilsie is a licensed psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center in the Section of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. Dr. Wilsie is currently serving as the Director of Quality Improvement of Child Well-Being for the Oklahoma Department of Human Services Child Welfare Division. She was appointed by the Oklahoma Senate Pro Team to the board for the Oklahoma Department of Mental Health and Substance Abuse Services. She received her Doctorate in Clinical Psychology from Auburn University. She is trained in providing evidence-based treatment for children who have experienced child abuse and neglect, exhibit disruptive behavior problems, and/or display problematic sexual behavior. Additionally, she trains therapists nationwide in providing evidence-based services to children and adolescents. She devotes much of her time to working with foster parents as well as in training and support roles to better the environments for children in state custody.

Elizabeth Bard, Ph.D.

Regional Trainer

Elizabeth Bard, Ph.D., is involved in Oklahoma’s national training program for Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) as a Regional Trainer and consultant for therapists. Dr. Bard is a licensed psychologist and an Associate Professor at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center. Her primary clinical and research interests include the assessment and treatment of infants and youth who have experienced child maltreatment and youth with problematic parent-child relationships. Since 2013, Dr. Bard has served as a co-director for the A Better Chance (ABC) program, which is a clinic for infants and children with prenatal substance exposure. The ABC program is the only program in the state of Oklahoma which specializes in the assessment and treatment of infants and children with prenatal alcohol and drug exposure. Dr. Bard also is a Master Trainer in the University of Oklahoma Problematic Sexual Behavior – Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy model for school-age children (PSB-CBT-S) in addition to being the Director of PSB-CBT-S. Further, she provides national training and consultation in families impacted by substance abuse, PCIT, and PSB-CBT-S.

Andrew Mellon, B.A.

PCIT Training Coordinator

Andrew Mellon, B.A., recently completed his bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Oklahoma and will be applying to a pediatric psychology graduate program starting in 2021. In early 2020, Mr. Mellon started as the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) Training Coordinator for the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). He has also worked as a research assistant for the A Better Chance Clinic and is now the program’s Research Coordinator.