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CBT Radio

Aug 31, 2010

This episode is primarily relevant to consumers and professionals.

In this episode, R. Trent Codd, III, Ed.S. interviews Marolyn Morford, PhD about Reactive Attachment Disorder. Specifically, they discuss:

  • What Reactive Attachment Disorder is 
  • Difficulties with the RAD Diagnosis 
  • What Attachment is 
  • The weak relationship between attachment treatment and attachment research 
  • The dangers associated with many of the “specialized” treatments for RAD
  •  “Thinking Errors” that lead clinicians and parents to make faulty conclusions about extreme behavior problems 
  • Effective treatments for extreme behavior problems 


Marolyn Morford is a clinical and developmental psychologist with over 25 years of experience working with individuals in a variety of contexts.  Dr. Morford is past president of the Central Pennsylvania Psychological Association, a member of the American Psychological Association’s Division 53 (Clinical Child Psychology), Pennsylvania Psychological Association’s (PPA ) Committees on Ethics, Continuing Education, the Practice-Research Network, PPA’s E-newsletter and is chair of PPA’s Child Custody Committee. She has testified before legislative committees and in several Pennsylvania counties (Allegheny, Blair, Bucks, Centre, Clinton, & Mifflin) on child related matters. She likes summarizing current research to the public to increase awareness of development, behavior, and emotional health needs of children and adults.