Larkin S. McReynolds, PhD, MPH

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Dr. McReynolds received her M.P.H. from the University of Texas Health Science Center-Houston (Health Promotion/Health Education) and her Ph.D. from Columba University’s Mailman School of Public Health. She has extensive experience in intervention evaluation methods, and collecting and working with service utilization data. Dr. McReynolds has carried out investigations examining the relation between psychiatric disorder and juvenile recidivism, gender differences in psychiatric risk factors for delinquency, non-suicidal self-injury, and the development of audio computer assisted self-interview assessments. She has co-authored over 30 publications on the epidemiology of mental health in juvenile justice settings, coordinated data collection efforts from over 88 sites, and conducted analyses relying on advanced level modeling of youth outcomes, including mental health service use. Her experience managing data collected from multisite studies and supervising a team responsible for training and technical assistance has contributed to the Center’s accumulation of a rich data archive of close to 10,000 justice-involved youths’ diagnostic, demographic, and offense information.

Academic Appointments

  • Assistant Professor of Psychiatry at CUMC
  • Assistant Professor of Epidemiology

Administrative Titles

  • Research Director, Center for Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice

Credentials & Experience

Education & Training

  • MPH, Health Promotion/Health Education, University of Texas Health Science Center - Houston
  • PhD, Columbia University Mailman School of Public Health


Research Interests

  • Epidemiology of mental health in juvenile justice
  • The relation between psychiatric disorder and juvenile recidivism