Bruce Ecker Bruce Ecker, PhD

617-327-6777 x1556, Work Space 328B

Role(s)

  • Associate Professor, Department of Clinical Psychology
  • Co-Director, Youth and Family Psychotherapy Service
  • Project Director, Graduate Psychology Education and Opioid Workforce Expansion Program Training Grants

Degrees

  • PhD, University of Massachusetts at Amherst, Clinical Psychology
  • MA/EdS, University of Minnesota, Educational Psychology and School Psychological Services

Teaching

  • The Clinical Practice of Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy for Child and Adolescent Disorders
  • Lifespan Development
  • Clinical Practice Seminar

Research and Practice Interests

  • Evidence-Based Psychotherapies for Children, Adolescents and Families
  • Integrated Medical-Behavioral Health Primary Care
  • Developmental Psychopathology
  • Human Service Workforce Expansion

Professional Licenses and Certifications

  • Licensed Psychologist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts
  • Licensed Educational Psychologist, Commonwealth of Massachusetts

Awards

  • Norbert Mintz Chair in Professional Psychology,  2014-2016
  • Excellence in Teaching Award, William James College,  2011

Publications and Presentations

Ecker, B. (2018).  Home-school collaboration.  In G. Macklem & A. Silva (Eds.) Lessons from School Psychology: Practical strategies and evidence-based practice for professionals and parents.  New York: Routledge.

Lichtenstein, R. & Ecker, B. (2019). High impact assessment reports for children and adolescents: A consumer-responsive approach.  New York: Guilford.

Oppenheimer, M., Fialkov, C., Ecker, B. & Portnoy, S. (2015) Teaching to strengths: Character education for urban middle school students.  Journal of Character Education. 91-105.

Ecker, B. (2019, April). Intergenerational Trauma and Resilience: Perspectives from the Holocaust. Paper presented at symposium, William James College, Newton, MA.

Osher, J. & Ecker, B. (2018, August). Adapting Problem-Based Learning for Psychology Training. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco CA.

Ecker, B. (2018, February). Consumer-responsive reporting of psychoeducational assessments. Skills workshop presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School PsychologistsChicago, IL.

Bennasar, M.C. & Ecker, B. (July, 2017). Integrando la atencion psicologica en los servicios de salud.  Grand rounds presentation at the Instituto de Neurociecias, Guayaquil Ecuador.

Lichtenstein, R. & Ecker, B. (2017 anticipated) High Impact Assessment Reports: A Consumer-Responsive Approach.  New York: Guilford Press.

Ecker, B. (2016, February) A Practical Model for Integrated School-Based Social-Emotional Assessment. Paper presented at the annual meeting of the National Association of School Psychologists, New Orleans, LA.

Ecker, B. (2016, January) Middle School Matters: Working with Students, Parents, Teachers and Administrators.  Paper presented at conference, School Mental Health, sponsored by Cambridge Health Alliance and Harvard Medical School, Boston, MA.

Lambert, S., Bennasar, M.C., Ecker, B., Rosowsky, E. & St. Louis, G. (2016, January) The Role of Mentoring in Attracting Doctoral Students to Work with Underserved Populations.  Paper presented at the annual mid-winter meeting of the National Council of Schools of Professional Psychology, Atlanta, GA.

Ecker, B. (2015, November) What to Do When Treatment Fails: A Model for Action in Psychotherapy with Children and Adolescents. Grand Rounds Presentation, Department of Psychiatry, North Shore Medical Center, Salem, MA.

Current Professional Leadership and/or Concurrent Work Experience

  • Project Director, Graduate Psychology Education Grant, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, 2019-2022. Project Director of a $1,350,000 three-year federal grant that funds 27 advanced practicum placements for the prevention, evaluation and treatment of opioid and other substance use disorders. Responsible for all aspects of project administration.
  • Project Director, Opioid Workforce Expansion Program, U.S. Health Resources and Services Administration, 2019-2022. Project Director of a $1,350,000 three-year federal grant that funds 33 advanced practicum placements for the prevention, evaluation and treatment of opioid and other substance use disorders. Responsible for all aspects of project administration.

Prior Professional Leadership and/or Work Experience

  • Clinical and Educational Psychologist, independent practice, Springfield, MA. Evaluation, psychotherapy, and psychological, neuropsychological and educational assessment with children, adolescents, and their families. Also, consultation to schools, pediatricians and mental health agencies. 1/98-6/12
  • Senior Child Psychologist and Program Supervisor, Psychiatric Youth Outpatient Service, Department of Psychiatry, Baystate Medical Center, Springfield, MA. Patient care, staff supervision, and program development within a multi-disciplinary child and adolescent clinic. Also, Director of Psychology Training and consultant in pediatric psychology to Holyoke Pediatric Associates, a large community pediatrics practice. Baystate Medical Center is a 700-bed tertiary care hospital affiliated with Tufts University School of Medicine. 9/92-1/98

Professional Affiliations

  • American  Psychological Association, Member
  • Society for Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, Member

Community Engagement

  • Co-Director, Youth and Family Psychotherapy Service