Larkin McReynolds

Larkin McReynolds

Larkin McReynolds

Assistant Professor of Clinical
Epidemiology (In Psychiatry)


1051 Riverside Drive (Unit 78)
New York NY USA 10032

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Dr. Larkin McReynolds is an Assistant Professor of Clinical Epidemiology at the Mailman School of Public Health at Columbia (CU-SPH). In addition, Dr. McReynolds has extensive experience mounting, conducting, and analyzing research activities with collaborating juvenile justice partners. In this regard, Dr. McReynolds is a national expert regarding the use and analysis of the Voice Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (V-DISC) in juvenile justice settings. Dr. McReynolds has considerable experience coordinating collaborative, multi-site research projects, as well as the merging, cleaning, and analyzing of psychiatric and official justice datasets. Beyond the Center's activities, she teaches the core Selected Problems of Measurement in Epidemiology for the CU-SPH. As of January 2007, Dr. McReynolds is responsible for collaborating with other in the Bureau of Adults Services Evlatuion Research in conducting research related to NYS Forensic populations, with particular focus on Sexual Violent Predators.



PhD, 2004, Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, Epidemiology
MPH, 1996, University of Texas Health Science Center, Houston, TX
BA, 1994, Rice University, Houston, TX

Columbia Affiliations

Research Coordinator, Child Psychiatry, Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice

Research Scientist, Office of Mental Health, Bureau of Adult Services Evaluation Research

Other Affiliations

Member, American Probation and Parole Association

Member, American Public Health Association

Member, American Psychopathological Association

Honors & Awards

Predoctoral Fellow, National Institute of Mental Health Psychiatric Epidemiology Training Program at Columbia University, Mailman School of Public Health, Department of Epidemiology
Recipient, National Institute of Health Loan Repayment Program

Areas of Expertise

Research Design and Methods, Adolescent Health, Mental Health

Select Urban Health Activities

Mental Health Screening and Assessment in Juvenile Justice Setting: The Center for the Promotion of Mental Health in Juvenile Justice is dedicated to providing expert guidance to juvenile justice settings regarding best practices for mental health assessment and referral. The Center and its collaborators work to promote efficient means for comprehensive and reliable mental health assessment. In addition, we assist juvenile justice programs in determining how to implement these procedures and how to map appropriate mental health services onto them. We develop products to move information and knowledge between the fields of juvenile justice and mental health and we provide recommendations for practice.

Evaluation or NYS Review Protocols for Civil Committment of Sexual Violent Predators

Evaluation or NYS Sex Offender Treatment Programs

Select Publications

Wasserman GA, McReynolds LS, Lucas C, Fisher P, Santos L The prevalence of psychiatric disorder in incarcerated male youth Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 41 314-321 2002

Wasserman GA, McReynolds LS, Ko SJ, Katz LM, Cauffman E, Haxton W, Lucas CP Screening for emergent risk and service needs among incarcerated youth: Comparing MAYSI-2 and Voice DISC-IV Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 43 629-639 2004

Ko, SJ, Wasserman GA, McReynolds LS, Katz LM Contribution of parent report to Voice DISC-IV diagnosis among incarcerated youth Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 43 868-877 2004

Hayes M, McReynolds LS, Wasserman G.A., Haxton W. Paper and Voice MAYSI-2: Format Comparability and Concordance with the Voice DISC-IV Assessment 12 395-403 2005

Grisso T, Vincent G, Seagrave D Handbook of screening and assessment tools for juvenile justice Guilford Press NY. NY 224-239 2005

Wasserman GA, McReynolds LS, Ko SJ, Katz L, Carpenter J Gender differences in psychiatric disorder for youths at probation intake American Journal of Public Health 95 131-137 2005

Cuellar AE, McReynolds LS, Wasserman, GA A Cure for Crime: Can mental health treatment diversion reduce crime among youth? Journal of Policy Analysis and Management 25 197-214 2006

Wasserman, GA and McReynolds, LS Suicide risk at juvenile probation intake Suicide and Life Threatening Behavior 36 230-249 2006

McReynolds LS, Wasserman GA, Fisher, P, Lucas, CP Diagnostic screening with incarcerated youth: comparing the DISC Predictive Scales (DPS) and Voice DISC Criminal Justice and Behavior 34 830-845 2007

McReynolds LS, Wasserman GA, DeComo RE, John R, Keating JM, Nolen S Psychiatric disorder in a juvenile assessment center Crime and Delinquency in press 2007

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