Dr. Garefino is a graduate of the University of Pittsburgh and earned her Ph.D. in clinical Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo. She is a Part-Time Assistant Professor in the psychology department of Kennesaw State University, and the recipient of their Part-Time Distinguished Teaching Award three years in a row. She is also the 2017 recipient of the Part-Time Distinguished Teaching Award for the College of Humanities and Social Sciences. Her mentor Dr. William Pelham, Jr. developed a state of the art Summer Treatment Program (STP) for children and adolescents diagnosed with ADHD. Dr. Garefino served as the Clinical Director of the STP at the Center for Children and Families in Buffalo. She has also led many parenting strategies workshops, and helped develop and implement school-wide behavioral interventions. She is now the Clinical Director of the Children and Family Programs (CFP) at the Center for Conflict Management at Kennesaw State University.
Her clinical and research interests include increasing the dissemination and effectiveness of behavioral interventions for the treatment of the disruptive behavior disorders across multiple settings. Therefore, the CFP offers services for: children and families at risk for academic, social and behavioral problems; Impairments often associated with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Oppositional Defiant Disorder, and High Functioning Autism Spectrum Disorder; Prevention efforts; Individual parent training; Group based parent training; Social Skills training; Preventative evidenced based disciplinary strategies and proactive academic supports. The CFP also offers undergraduates internship opportunities: