She is the director of the Parent-Child Research Lab at Auburn where her research team evaluates PCIT training workshops, PCIT treatment fidelity, and implementation of the Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System.

Most recently, Brestan-Knight has conducted projects focusing on the dissemination and implementation of PCIT to front-line mental health therapists in Alabama, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, Ohio, Wisconsin, Japan, Singapore, and South Korea.


Dr. Knight's research interests include behavioral observations of parent-child interactions and evaluation of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) dissemination and implementation efforts.

Women's Studies, Psychology
PhD, University of Florida, Clinical and Health Psychology, 1998
BA, Emory University, Psychology, 1992
child abuse or neglect psychology clinical psychology psychology of abused children