Erica Burgoon

Erica Burgoon, Ph.D. is a Regional Psychologist Supervisor in the Delaware Division of Prevention and Behavioral Health, a division of Delaware's Department of Children, Youth, and Families that provides eligible youth and families with coordination and authorization of behavioral healthcare and other care management needs. She works specifically with youth involved in diversionary mental health and drug courts and collaborates with the family court and division of juvenile probation to ensure the coordination of legal and treatment needs.

Dr. Burgoon received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Fordham University with a specialty in child and adolescent psychology. She completed a postdoctoral fellowship at the CARES Institute of Rowan University (formerly the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey) where she received specialized training in evaluation and intervention for youth who have experienced sexual abuse, physical abuse, and other traumas and in particular in Trauma Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy.

Following the completion of her postdoctoral fellowship Dr. Burgoon was employed at the Joseph J. Peters Institute (JJPI) in Philadelphia, PA, a community behavioral health agency that provides specialized services for youth who have experienced sexual abuse and for youth with a history of inappropriate sexual behavior, including youth with adjudicated sexual offenses. At JJPI Dr. Burgoon served as a coordinator for the child and adolescent evaluation unit and provided staff and graduate student supervision and training.

In addition to her full-time employment with the State of Delaware Dr. Burgoon works part-time in private practice in Philadelphia. Her professional interests in addition to those noted include working with adults and children with anxiety disorders and with children with disruptive behavior disorders and assisting their caregivers in learning positive and effective behavior management strategies.

Dr. Burgoon enjoys practicing yoga, running, learning to garden, and spending time outdoors with her husband and their three young children.

Disruptive Behavior Disorders in Children

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Meredith Weber and Erica Burgoon

Children and teenagers who present with externalizing disorders such as conduct disorder or impulse control disorder can be incredibly challenging for their parents, teachers, and loved ones. The behaviors of these children can also be vexing for schools and other systems in which they are educated and treated. These children are at increased risk for delinquency, educational problems, and other outcomes, which may negatively impact their lives. These behaviors and the resultant consequences also pose steep costs to our society.