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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.


Shawna Standiford, M.Ed., LPC

 Director of Selective Mutism Services &

 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. 

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