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Charmaine K. Higa-McMillan, Ph.D.

Professor of Psychology

Education

  • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • M.A. in Clinical Psychology, University of Tulsa, Tulsa, OK
  • B.A. in Psychology, University of Hawai╩╗i at M─ünoa, Honolulu, HI

Licensure

  • Licensed Psychologist, State of Hawai╩╗i, 2007-Present

Research Interests

Dr. Higa-McMillan's work focuses on extending the reach of psychosocial interventions for youth. Specially, her research interests include implementation of evidence-based services, training and professional development, and improving access to quality care in rural, underserved schools and communities.

Recent Peer-Referred Publications

Publications updated as of 12/06/2018

  1. Higa-McMillan, C. K., Ebesutani, C., & Stanick, C. F. (in press). What therapy practices do providers value in youth behavioral health? A measure development study. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research.
  2. Higa-McMillan, C. K., Nakamura, B. J., Becker, K. D., Chang, J. P., Chiu, A., Stanick, C. F., Cheron, D. M., Daleiden, E. L., & Chorpita, B. F. (2017). Measuring practice element procedural knowledge: How do trainees PERForm? Training and Education in Professional Psychology, 11, 243-251.
  3. Burgess, A. M., Okamura, K. H., Izmirian, S. C., Higa-McMillan, C. K., Shimabukuro, S., & Nakamura, B. J. (2017). Therapist attitudes towards evidence-based practice: A joint factor analysis. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 44, 414-427.
  4. Ebesutani, C. K., Korathu-Larson, P., Nakamura, B., Higa-McMillan, C. K., & Chorpita, B.F. (2017). The Revised Child Anxiety and Depression Scale 25 - parent version: Scale development and validation in a school-based and clinical sample. Assessment, 6, 712-728.
  5. Higa-McMillan, C., Kotte, A., Jackson, D., & Daleiden, E. L. (2017). Overlapping and non-overlapping practices in usual and evidence-based care for youth anxiety. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 44, 684-694.
  6. Higa-McMillan, C. K., Francis, S. E., Rith-Najarian, L., & Chorpita, B. F. (2016). Evidence base update: 50 years of research on treatment for child and adolescent anxiety. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45, 91-113.
  7. Izmirian, S. C., Nakamura, B. J., Hill, K. A., Higa-McMillan, C. K., & Slavin, L. (2016). TherapistsÔÇÖ knowledge of practice elements derived from the evidence-base: Misconceptions, accuracies, and large-scale improvement guidance. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 47, 181-191.
  8. Kotte, A., Hill, K. A., Mah, A. C., Korathu-Larson, P. A., Au, J. R., Izmirian, S., Keir, S. S., Nakamura, B. J., & Higa-McMillan, C. K. (2016). Facilitators and barriers of implementing a measurement feedback system in public youth mental health. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 43, 861-878.
  9. Okamura, K. H., Ebesutani, C., Bloom, R., Higa-McMillan, C. K., Nakamura, B. J. & Chorpita, B. F. (2016). Differences in internalizing symptoms across specific ethnic minority groups: An analysis across Chinese American, Filipino American, Japanese American, Native Hawaiian, and White youth. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25, 3353ÔÇô3366.
  10. Okamura, K. H., Nakamura, B. J., Mueller, C., Hayashi, K., & Higa-McMillan, C. K. (2016). An exploratory factor analysis of the knowledge of evidence-based services questionnaire. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 43, 214-232.
  11. Bunnell, B. E., Beidel, D. C., Liu, L., Joseph, D. L., & Higa-McMillan, C. (2015). The SPAIC-11 and SPAICP-11: Two brief child-and parent-rated measures of social anxiety. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 36, 103-109.
  12. Chorpita, B. F., Park, A., Tsai, K., Korathu-Larson, P., Higa-McMillan, C. K., Nakamura, B. J., Weisz, J. R., Krull, J., & the Research Network on Youth Mental Health (2015). Balancing effectiveness with responsiveness: Therapist satisfaction across different treatment designs in the Child STEPs randomized effectiveness trial. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 709-718.
  13. Heflinger, C. H., Shaw, V., Higa-McMillan, C., Lunn, L. M., & Brannan, A. M. (2015). Patterns of child mental health service delivery in a public system: Rural children and the role of rural residence. Journal of Behavioral Health Services and Research, 42, 292-309.
  14. Higa-McMillan, C. K., Nakamura, B. J., Morris, A., Jackson, D. S., & Slavin, L. (2015). Predictors of use of evidence-based practices for children and adolescents in usual care. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 42, 373-383.
  15. Chorpita, B. F., Weisz, J. R., Daleiden, E. L., Schoenwald, S. K., Palinkas, L. A., Miranda, J., Higa-McMillan, C. K., Nakamura, B. J., Austin, A. A., Borntrager, C., Ward, A. M., Wells, K. C., Gibbons, R. D., & the Research Network on Youth Mental Health. (2014). Long term outcomes for the child steps randomized effectiveness trial: A comparison of modular and standard treatment designs with usual care. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 999.
  16. Lyon, A. R., Borntrager, C., Nakamura, B., & Higa-McMillan, C. (2014). From distal to proximal: Routine educational data monitoring in school-based mental health. Advances in School Mental Health Promotion, 6, 263-279.
  17. Nakamura, B. J., Mueller, C. W., Higa-McMillan, C., Okamura, K. H., Chang, J. P., Slavin, L., & Shimabukuro, S. (2014). Engineering youth service system infrastructure: HawaiÔÇśi's continued efforts at large-scale implementation through knowledge management strategies. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 43, 179-189.
  18. Takishima-Lacasa, J. Y., Higa-McMillan, C. K., Ebesutani, C., Smith, R. L., & Chorpita, B. F. (2014). Self-consciousness and social anxiety in youth: The Revised Self-Consciousness Scales for Children. Psychological Assessment, 26, 1292-1306.
  19. Borntrager, C., Chorpita, B. F., Higa-McMillan, C. K., Daleiden, E. L., & Starace, N. (2013). Usual care for trauma-exposed youth: Are clinician-reported therapy techniques evidence-based? Children and Youth Services Review, 35, 133-141.
  20. Price, M., Higa-McMillan, C., Ebesutani, C. Okamura, K., Nakamura, B., Chorpita, B. F., & Weisz, J. (2013). Symptom differentiation of anxiety and depression across youth development and clinic-referred/non-referred samples: An examination of competing factor structures of the Child Behavior Checklist DSM-Oriented Scales. Development and Psychopathology, 25, 1005-1015.
  21. Price, M., Chin, M., Higa-McMillan, C., Kim, S., & Frueh, B. C. (2013). Prevalence and internalizing problems of ethnoracially diverse victims of traditional and cyber bullying. School Mental Health, 5, 183-191.
  22. Price, M., Higa-McMillan, C., Kim, S., & Frueh, B. (2013). Trauma experience in children and adolescents: An assessment of the effects of trauma type and role of interpersonal proximity. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 27, 652-660.

Conference Presentations with UH Hilo Students

Maggie Poster
Maggi Price presenting a poster on Symptom differentiation for anxiety and depression: Factorial validity of the Child Behavior Checklist DSM-oriented scales across development and clinic- vs. non-referred samples at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada, November 2011.
Ashley Poster
Ashley Usita presenting a poster on Usual care for traumatized youth at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Toronto, Canada, November 2011.
Joseph Poster
Joseph Maxwell presenting a poster on Practitioner characteristics predict attitudes towards therapy strategies for youth at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA, November 2014.