Research Professor of Psychiatry
1) Children at risk (risk and protective factors)
2) Methodologies for ascertaining information from and about children.
Specific Research Activities
Most of my work has focused on children of alcoholic, antisocial and drug abusing parents, and I am currently analyzing and writing up the data. Other interests include PTSD in children, and children at risk for bipolar disorder.
As part of my work on the Child Assessment Unit, I have continued the development of the DICA and a Home Environment Interview for the Child. In conjunction with the computer firm Multi-Health Systems in Toronto, I have developed a computerized version of the DICA. Reliability and validity tests on this instrument have been conducted. In conjunction with child psychiatrist in the COGA project I have written child, adolescent and parent interviews designed especially for that study. These are C-SSAGA-A and C-SSAGA-P. I have also completed two psychosocial interviews, SARAH I and SARAH II which ask about the effects of parental alcoholism (SARAH I) and bipolar and unipolar depression (SARAH II) in children.
Reich W, Earls R, Powell J: A comparison of the home and social environments of children of alcoholic and nonalcoholic parents. Br J Addictions 1988; 83:813-839.
Reich W, Earls F: Interviewing children by telephone: Preliminary results. Comprehensive Psychiatry 1990; Vol.31(3).
Reich W, Earls F, Frankel O, Shayka J: Psychopathology in children of alcoholics. J Am Acad Child Adolesc Psychiatry 1993; 32:5.
Reich W, Kaplan L: The effects of psychiatric and psychosocial interviews on children. Comprehensive Psychiatry 1994; 35:1.
Wendy Reich, Ph.D. is research assistant professor of anthropology in child psychiatry. She specializes in instrument development for the assessment of children and adolescents, and the study of children of alcoholic parents. Dr. Reich also works with the family genetic teams in the department of psychiatry who include children and adolescents in their work. She received her Ph.D. from Washington University.