Beverly Funderburk, Ph.D
Beverly W Funderburk, Ph.D. is a Professor of Research at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC), Department of Developmental and Behavioral Pediatrics. She is a licensed child clinical psychologist and received her graduate training at the University of Florida.
Dr. Funderburk is a Master Trainer of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) and a member of the Board of Directors of PCIT International. Her friend and fellow PCIT Master Trainer, Dr. Steven Kurtz, introduced his training model for Selective Mutism to Oklahoma in 2016 and has served as a mentor for the program. Recognizing the need for services for children with Selective Mutism in the Oklahoma region, along with Dr. Paul Shawler, she founded and directs the OUHSC’s Selective Mutism program.
Dr. Funderburk is active in PCIT training, treatment, and research. She is the Director of the PCIT Training Program at the OU Health Sciences Center, which has been a national leader in PCIT training for over 20 years. She is the co-author of the standard treatment protocol for PCIT. She was the clinical supervisor in a series of randomized controlled trials that established PCIT as an effective treatment to reduce future reports of maltreatment in families with a history of physical abuse and neglect. Her research interests include issues of training and dissemination in PCIT and cultural applications. She is active in developing treatment and training materials and methods to promote the successful adoption and application of PCIT and PCIT-SM.
Paul Shawler, Ph.D
Paul Shawler, Ph.D., is a licensed child clinical psychologist and currently serves as the Chief Psychologist at Oklahoma Office of Juvenile Affairs (OJA) and received his graduate training at Oklahoma State University.
Dr. Shawler received training in the treatment of Selective Mutism from Dr. Steven Kurtz in 2017. Further, he participated in Dr. Kurtz’s Mighty Mouth Kids Camp in New York as a camp counselor. Dr. Shawler and his colleagues, Dr. Funderburk and Ms. Standiford, LPC, have successfully replicated the Mighty Mouth Kids Camp in Oklahoma City since 2017. He and Dr. Funderburk direct the center’s Selective Mutism Services, providing both the intensive behavioral model and family therapy services. Services include the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy modification for Selective Mutism and cognitive behavioral therapy that utilizes behavioral exposures.
Dr. Shawler is a core faculty member of the Leadership in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Program, a national interdisciplinary training program for families and advanced graduate students to learn more about working with those with intellectual and developmental disabilities. He has published in the areas of parent-child interaction and early childhood behavior problems, early intervention for autism spectrum disorder, and primary care interventions for parents. He was appointed by the Governor of Oklahoma to serve on the State Advisory Group for Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention. Dr. Shawler is a Master Trainer in an evidence-based treatment for youth with Problematic Sexual Behavior, is a Level 1 trainer in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy, and serves as a psychologist in the Oklahoma National Guard.
Shawna Standiford, M.Ed., LPC
Lead Therapist & Director of Mighty Mouth Kids Camp - OKC
Shawna earned her Master’s degree in professional counseling from the University of Oklahoma. Currently she is a Child Development Specialist at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) and specializes in the treatment of selective mutism (SM), behavioral problems, and preventative infant mental health. Ms. Standiford was trained in PCIT-SM by Dr. Steven Kurtz, an expert in child psychology with a specialization in selective mutism, in 2017. She helped coordinate and provide therapeutic services for the first Mighty Mouth Kids Camp - OKC (MMK-OKC). Since MMK-OKC’s inception, Ms. Standiford has continued to coordinate individual and camp services as well as provide therapeutic services as a lead therapist at OUHSC and co-director of MMK-OKC. Additionally, Ms. Standiford is trained in evidence-based interventions for children with disruptive disorders, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), and children that have a history of adverse experiences, Attachment and Biobehavioral Catch-Up. Further, Ms. Standiford is part of the A Better Chance Program (ABC) team at OUHSC, which is the only program in the state of Oklahoma that specializes in the assessment and treatment of infants and children with prenatal alcohol and drug exposure. Ms. Standiford provides families and children impacted by substance use with information related to prenatal substance exposure & Fetal Alcohol Syndrome, educational guidance and case management services.
Co-director of Mighy Mouth Kids Camp - OKC
Sam Addante is a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Ph.D. program at Oklahoma State University and practicum student at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC). Sam completed her Bachelor of Science degree in Human Development and Family Studies at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana. In 2015, she interned with the Selective Mutism Program at Advanced Therapeutic Solutions and subsequently worked as a camp counselor at Chicago’s Adventure Camp and Winter Adventure Camp. Since trained in PCIT-SM, Sam has continued to provide family therapy services for SM in Stillwater, OK and intensive behavioral model camp services for Mighty Mouth Kids Camp in Oklahoma City (MMK-OKC). Sam served as one of the co-directors of MMK-OKC in 2019, and continues to assist in the coordination of future Mighty Mouth Kids camps.
Emily Edwards is currently pursuing her Master’s degree in human relations at the University of Oklahoma. She completed her bachelor’s degree in psychology at Randall University. Ms. Edwards has been the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy training coordinator at the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) since 2018. She has also been the coordinator for Mighty Mouth Kids Camp – OKC since 2019 and has recently begun coordinating individual SM services.