Clark McKown, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of the Rush NeuroBehavioral Center. Dr. McKown is a licensed clinical psychologist and Associate Professor of Behavioral Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. Dr. McKown received his doctoral training at the University of California, Berkeley and completed his pre-doctoral internship at Stanford University Medical Center’s Lucille Packard Children’s Hospital and the Children’s Health Council. Dr. McKown’s clinical specialties include psychological assessment and treatment of children and adolescents with social, emotional, and learning challenges, including autism-spectrum, anxiety, mood, and disruptive behavior disorders. Reflecting a passion for understanding children’s positive social connections, Dr. McKown’s research focuses on factors that influence social status among elementary-aged children. Most recently, he and his colleagues have developed a web-based system to assess social acceptance, classroom social networks, and social-emotional comprehension in children in kindergarten through third grade. In support of that work, Dr. McKown has received federal and foundation grants and has published and presented his findings widely.