Dr. Garefino is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned her Ph.D. in
clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Part-Time
Assistant Professor in the psychology department of Kennesaw State University, and
the recipient of their Part-Time Distinguished Teaching Award three years in a row.
She is also the 2017 recipient of the Part-Time Distinguished Teaching Award for the
College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her mentor Dr. William Pelham, Jr. developed
a state of the art Summer Treatment Program (STP) for children and adolescents diagnosed
with ADHD. Dr. Garefino served as the Clinical Director of the STP at the Center for
Children and Families in Buffalo. She has also led many parenting strategies workshops,
and helped develop and implement school-wide behavioral interventions. She is now
the Clinical Director of the Children and Family Programs (CFP) at the Center for
Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University.
Her clinical and research interests include increasing the dissemination and effectiveness
of behavioral interventions for the treatment of the disruptive behavior disorders
across multiple settings. Therefore, the CFP offers services for: children and families
at risk for academic, social and behavioral problems; Impairments often associated
with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and
High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder; Prevention efforts; Individual parent training;
Group based parent training; Social Skills training; Preventative evidenced based
disciplinary strategies and proactive academic supports.