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Randy Kamphaus

Professor    Distinguished Research Professor    
Ph.D. in Educational Psychology, University of Georgia, 1983
Master of Arts in General Psychology, University of Illinois at Springfield, 1976
Bachelor of Arts in Psychology, Quincy University (IL), 1974
Child Assessment
Clinical Test Development
Child Psychopathology
Mental Health Screening
Secondary Mental Health Prevention in Schools

Randy Kamphaus is a Distinguished Research Professor in the Counseling and Psychological Services Department of the College of Education at Georgia State University, where he also served as dean of the college from 2007 to 2012. Previously, Kamphaus served as Distinguished Research Professor at the University of Georgia. He received teaching, mentoring, and research awards while a member of the faculty at the University of Georgia from 1986 to 2007. He has graduated 34 Ph.D. students to date.

Kamphaus’ research focuses on clinical test development, child screening and intervention for behavioral and emotional problems of childhood, and cross-cultural studies of child adjustment in school. His research has been supported by grants from the Institute of Education Sciences of the U.S. Department of Education. He is best known for his creation of the Behavior Assessment System for Children (with Dr. Cecil Reynolds), a set of measures for assessing the behavioral and emotional adjustment of children that is used by most major school districts in the United States, and worldwide in South Korean, Spanish, French, and English Editions.

Kamphaus holds a Ph.D. degree in educational psychology from the University of Georgia, and master’s and bachelor’s degrees in psychology from the University of Illinois at Springfield, and Quincy University. He has served his profession in many roles including, President, journal editor, Fellow, and 2013 recipient of the Senior Scientist Award of the Division of School Psychology of the American Psychological Association.


Kamphaus, R.W., DiStefano, C., Dowdy, E., Eklund, K., & Dunn, A. (2010). Determining the Presence of a Problem: Comparing Two Approaches for Detecting Youth Behavioral Risk. School Psychology Review, 39, 395-407.
Frick, P. J., Burns, C., & Kamphaus, R. W. (2009). Clinical assessment of child and adolescent personality and behavior (2nd Ed.). New York, NY: Springer.
Kamphaus, R. W. & Reynolds, C.R. (2007). Behavior Assessment System for Children – Second Edition (BASC-2): Behavioral and Emotional Screening System (BESS). Bloomington, MN: Pearson.
Kamphaus, R. W., Dowdy, E., Kim, S., & Chin, J. (2013). Diagnosis, classification, and screening systems. In D. H. Saklofske, C.R. Reynolds, & V. Schwean (Eds.) Oxford handbook of child psychological assessment. (pp. 182-201). New York: Oxford.
Kamphaus, R.W. (2013, September). Using Public Health Screening Methods to Promote Social and Emotional Development at School. Symposium presented at the meeting of the Society for Research on Educational Effectiveness, Washington, DC.