Jody Todd Manly, Ph.D.
Sr. Research Associate & Assistant Professor
Dr. Manly is the Clinical Director of Mt. Hope Family Center and a licensed clinical psychologist in New York State. She has been involved with the implementation and evaluation of evidence-based interventions for high-risk children and families since 1991. Dr. Manly has been a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator on several federally-funded research projects on the linkages among trauma, depression, child maltreatment, poverty, domestic violence, and community violence from infancy through adolescence. She is interested in translating research evidence into effective clinical practice.
Clinical & Research Interests
Dr. Manly’s clinical and research interests are guided by a developmental psychopathology perspective that examines risks and protective factors associated with promoting resilience and healing. She is particularly interested in processes impacting children’s adaptation in the face of trauma and other adversity. Specifically, much of her emphasis has been in the area of child maltreatment and exposure to violence. In conjunction with Drs. Dante Cicchetti and Douglas Barnett, Dr. Manly developed a maltreatment classification system that is now being used by research laboratories around the world to operationally define dimensions of child maltreatment. Dr. Manly has a number of publications in the area of child maltreatment and prevention of child abuse and neglect through preventive intervention. She is the Administrative Core Co-Director for the TRANSFORM National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and Co-PI of a TRANSFORM treatment evaluation study designed to prevent child maltreatment.
In addition, Dr. Manly is investigating prevention of depression in adolescent girls, with and without histories of maltreatment. Through a federally-funded preventive intervention with a multiple-levels-of-analysis evaluation, she is examining factors associated with the development of depressive disorder and response to treatment, including genetic, neuroendocrine, cognitive, and interpersonal domains. Another project involves integrating multiple evidence-based models in a preventive intervention for adolescent mothers and their children. This home visitation approach is conducted in partnership with their medical homes.
Mt. Hope Family Center is a member of the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, where Dr. Manly works with national trauma experts on provision of evidence-based trauma treatments. She is a member of the national faculty providing training in Child-Parent Psychotherapy (CPP). Dr. Manly is committed to training professionals, and she has supervised graduate students in psychology, counseling, and social work, as well as provided workshops locally, nationally, and internationally. She was honored to be appointed as Executive-at-Large for the World Association for Infant Mental Health (WAIMH) and continues to be inspired by the dedicated people around the world who are working on behalf of young children and their families.