Division 54 President
David Elkin, PhD (2018)
Dr. David Elkin is a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry & Human Behavior and in the Department of Pediatrics and Executive Director of the Center for Advancement of Youth (CAY) at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He served as the training director of the Psychology Residency and Postdoctoral Training Consortium from 2004-2014 and Chair of the Institutional Review Board at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. He attended Vanderbilt University for his undergraduate degree, Reformed Theological Seminary for his MDiv, and received his PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Memphis, where he focused on working with children with cancer and sickle cell. He completed his residency and fellowship training at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center, where he specialized in pediatric psychology. While there, he also completed a year-long training program in child abuse and neglect.
He is a board certified clinical psychologist, a fellow of the American Psychological Association, past Treasurer and current President of the Society of Pediatric Psychology, and past Treasurer of the Mississippi Psychological Association.
He is the author of numerous peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and along with Rick Steele and Michael Roberts, he is a co-author of the textbook Handbook of Evidence-Based Therapies for Children and Adolescents. He has received more than $6 million in grant funding over his professional career.
At CAY, he is currently working on implementing a statewide behavioral health system that is integrated with pediatrics and psychiatry and utilizes technology and telehealth to ensure the delivery of evidence-based and accessible psychological care to all the children of Mississippi.
He is the husband of Allie and the father of four daughters.