About Us

The mission of NCSBY is to promote better lives, through better choices by youth, caregivers, and professionals for healthier responses to and prevention of problematic sexual behavior of youth. NCSBY provides national training and technical assistance to improve the accuracy, accessibility, and strategic use of accurate information about the nature, incidence, prevalence, prevention, treatment, and management of youth with problematic sexual behavior.


The National Center on the Sexual Behavior of Youth (NCSBY) is a part of the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN) in the Department of Pediatrics of the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences. In 2001, CCAN was selected by the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention (OJJDP) to establish NCSBY to develop resources and training material for professions from multiple disciplines (probation, mental health, medicine, education, child welfare, law, law enforcement, and the judiciary) addressing youth with problematic or illegal sexual behavior. As part of the initial three-year project, CCAN established NCSBY.org, a web-based resource center for professionals, and a National Advisory Board. The website included curriculum, cataloged assessment instruments, registration law information by states, and fact sheets.

Recent funding from OJJDP provided support for updating and maintaining the NCSBY website for professionals and parents and other caregivers, with plans to develop a section designed for youth to promote healthy, pro-social lifestyles.

The information on this website is designed to improve the accuracy, accessibility, and strategic use of information about the nature, incidence, prevalence, prevention, treatment, and management of youth with problematic sexual behavior. Information to help parents and professionals understand and support healthy sexual development and appropriate decision making is also provided. The transformation of the NCSBY website originated with an OJJDP grant to the Maine Department of Corrections (MDOC). The MDOC subcontracted with the University of Maine. Drs. Sue Righthand and Jeffrey Hecker coordinated this project and were assisted by Drs. Asia Serwik and Douglas Nangle and worked closely with MDOC administrators Lars Olsen and Renna Hegg. To facilitate early intervention, leaders in the field on interventions with children who have sexual behavior problems, Drs. Jane Silovsky and Alison Gray, also provided training and consultation. This team concluded that a web based resource designed to provide the latest research findings for understanding and working with children and teenagers with problematic and illegal sexual behavior would enable the work of this project to continue. The website would allow evidence based information to be available to a wide audience of treatment providers, juvenile justice professionals, attorneys and judges, and policy makers, as well as youth and families. Dr. Righthand led this effort during the MDOC project. Following the Maine’s OJJDP grant, the MDOC provided draft documents to CCAN for the National Center for Sexual Behavior in Youth to complete this resource and make it available on this website.

Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Program

NCSBY is also designed to disseminate the efforts of the OJJDP and the Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering and Tracking (SMART)’s Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems Program. This program targets late childhood and early adolescence for implementing evidence-based, coordinated, comprehensive management and intervention strategies to address problematic sexual behavior of youth, the effects on child victims, and their families. Focusing on late childhood and early adolescence for comprehensive and early intervention management strategies to address problematic sexual behavior of youth has a high potential for impact. Greater than one-third of sexual offenses against child victims are committed by other youth (Finkelhor, Ormrod, & Chaffin, 2009), with 12-14 year olds being the peak ages.

Efficacious early interventions have been developed and evaluated that address the needs of youth with problematic sexual behaviors, child victims, and their families. These evidence-based practices (EBPs) share a common underlying theory and emphasis on working with caregivers. However, across the nation, family members are commonly separated and served by different service agencies (if referred at all for services) and rarely provided EBPs. The youth with problematic sexual behavior may unnecessarily be sent away to residential care or other out of home placements. Multiple agency, system, and policy level barriers impact referral, access, and engagement in services. The efforts of OJJDP and SMART to establish community-based EBPs across the nation is intended to lead to individual, family, community, and society benefits.

Center on Child Abuse and Neglect (CCAN)

OJJDP selected CCAN to implement training and technical assistance for the OJJDP Youth with Sexual Behavior Problems programs across the country. Training and technical assistance (T/TA) is provided to sites funded by OJJDP to develop and sustain the programs. CCAN is a university-based Center that directs research, professional and public education, clinical services, and administrative programs in the field of child maltreatment. Since its establishment in 1992, CCAN has become a nationally prominent and influential Center for child maltreatment research, training, and service. Under the direction of Dr. Barbara Bonner, the CCAN research and training agenda addresses the scientific understanding of how child maltreatment and adversity impact child health and well-being, as well as the development, refinement, and widespread implementation of evidence-based prevention and treatment practices. Services, training and research in the problematic sexual behavior of youth has been a longstanding focus of CCAN. Treatment services for the youth and their caregivers has been provided since the 1980s. Dr. Bonner, Director of CCAN, established the Adolescents with Illegal Sexual Behavior Treatment Program at OUHSC in 1985 and the Children with Problematic Sexual Behavior Program Treatment Program in 1992. The services were adapted and expanded to serve preschool children in 1997. The treatment programs for children and adolescents are ongoing and have served hundreds of youth and their caregivers. Members of the CCAN faculty provide training to professionals throughout the United States and internationally in the assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with problematic sexual behavior.

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Our Team

NCSBY Training and Technical Assistance Team Members

NCSBY Administration

Andrew Monroe, M.S.W.

PSB-S Training Director, PSB-S Lead Trainer, PSB-A Trainer

Carrie Schwab, A.A.

PSB Training and Technical Assistance Manager

Jane Silovsky, Ph.D.

NCSBY Director PSB-S Senior Leader Facilitator

Susan Schmidt, Ph.D.

PSB-A Director, PSB-A Senior Leader Facilitator

Tricia Gardner, J.D.

PSB Administrator, PSB-S/A Senior Leader Facilitator

Financial Management

Angela Raper, B.A.

Grants Manager

Sara Bacon, MPA

Senior Contracts & Grants Coordinator

Training and Technical Assistance Management

Kristen Starr, B.S.

TTA Program Support PSB-A Training Coordinator

Steven Fowler, B.S.

Data Analyst

Trista Maluy, B.A.

Administrative Support

Yutian Thompson, PhD

NCSBY and PSB-CBT Biostatistician

Media Management

Denise Chambers, MA

Marketing/Communication Specialist

Clinical Staff and Trainers

Amanda Mitten, M.A.

PSB-S Lead Trainer TF-CBT Consultant CE-CERT Trainer

Ashley Galsky, Ph.D.

PSB-A Trainer

Dionna Weixel, M.S.

PSB-S Trainer

Erin Taylor, Ph.D.

PSB-S Lead Trainer

Kate Theimer, Ph.D.

PSB-S/A Trainer

Natalie Gallo, M.Ed.

PSB-A Lead Trainer


Ariel Berman, PhD

PSB-P Trainer

Benjamin Sigel, Ph.D.

PSB-S Trainer,TF-CBT Trainer

Carrie Jenkins, M.A.

PSB-S Lead Trainer,PSB-A Trainer

Clifford Sipes

Youth Advisor

Ericka Purcell, M.S.

PSB-S Trainer

Ingrid Mürrle, M.A.

PSB-S Trainer

Jenny Almanzar, MSW

PSB-S/A Trainer

Julia Grimm, LISW-CP

PSB-S Lead Trainer,PSB-A Lead Trainer

Karen Hill, EdD, LPC-A

PSB-S Senior Leader Facilitator

Kate Drewry, MSW

PSB-S Trainer,TF-CBT Trainer

Kelly Hagenbaugh, LSW

PSB-S Trainer

Mandi Fowler, PhD, MSW

PSB-S Trainer,PSB-S Senior Leader Trainee

Paul Shawler, Ph.D.

PSB-S Trainer

Renee Roman, LMSW

PSB-S/A Senior Leader Facilitator

Roy Van Tassell, M.S.

TF-CBT Trainer

Sue Righthand, Ph.D.

Probation Contractor

Tabitha Winter, LPC

PSB-S Trainer

Trainers in Training

Courtney Landes, MSW

PSB-S Trainee

JaKarynn Conyers, MA

PSB-S Trainee

Jessica A. Hubbard, MSW

PSB-S Senior Leader Facilitator Trainee

Julie Ozier MSW, LCSW, VSP

PSB-S Senior Leader Facilitator Trainee

Keldric Thomas, PhD

PSB-S Trainee

Lisa Pineda, M.S.W.

PSB-S Trainee

Michael McGrath, LMHC

PSB-S Trainee

Paxton Kelly, MSW

PSB-S Trainee

Rachel Maid, MS, LCSW

PSB-S Trainee


NCSBY Advisory Board Members

  • Lucy Berliner, MSW, Harborview Sexual Assault Center
  • Michael Caldwell, PhD, University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Maia Christopher, Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers
  • Jeff Fitzsimmons, JD, National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse
  • Kristine Jensen, Probation Officer, Colorado, 18th Judicial District
  • Michael Johnson, Boy Scouts of America – Youth Protection Team
  • Denise Kane, PhD, Inspector General of the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services
  • Nancy Kellogg, MD, University of Texas Health Science Center, San Antonio
  • David Kolko, PhD, University of Pittsburg – School of Medicine
  • Elizabeth Letourneau, PhD, John Hopkins University
  • Chris Newlin, MS, LPC, National Children’s Advocacy Center
  • Nicole Pittman, ESQ, Stoneleigh Fellow
  • Deborah Rice, Executive Director, Stop It Now!
  • Lawrence Ricci, MD, University of Vermont College of Medicine, Director Spurwick Child Abuse Program
  • Sue Righthand, PhD, University of Maine
  • Kecia Rongen, Program Administrator, Department of Social and Health Services, WA
  • Kathy Simms, MSW, National Resource Center for Child Protective Services
  • Judge Stuart, District Judge, Oklahoma
  • Jennifer Yuzuk, MA, Senior Probation Officer
  • Frank Zimring, JD, Berkley University