Renae Beaumont, Ph.D.


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Personal Statement

Renae Beaumont, Ph.D. is licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in cognitive behavioral interventions and acceptance and commitment therapy for children, adolescents and young adults with Autism Spectrum Conditions and related mental health concerns, including Anxiety Disorders and Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder. Her clinical practice includes individual therapy, group therapy, parent/child work, and parent training.

Dr. Beaumont is an Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry at Weill Cornell Medicine. She is also the creator of the award-winning Secret Agent Society social-emotional skills training program for youth and their families, which is used by educators and mental health professionals in nine countries worldwide to improve children’s emotion regulation and social skills. Her program has been awarded several accolades, including the 2014 US Learning Magazine Teacher’s Choice Award for the Family, an Aspect National Recognition Award for Advancement, the Australian Autism Cooperative Research Centre Translation of Autism Research Award and the Australian CRC Award for Excellence in Innovation. 

Biographical Info

Dr. Beaumont completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at the University of Queensland, Australia in 2006, and has authored numerous peer reviewed articles, book chapters and books on child and adolescent mental health. Dr. Beaumont has over 10 years’ experience supervising clinical psychology trainees and has worked in hospital, private-practice, academic and school settings. Dr. Beaumont was the head of practitioner training and support at the Social Skills Training Institute in Australia for seven years and has been an Honorary Research Fellow at the University of Queensland, Australia, for 10 years. She also served as a Senior Training Consultant for Triple P International, training professionals around the world in how to deliver Triple P – Positive Parenting Programs.

Dr. Beaumont’s primary research interests include the development, evaluation, and dissemination of technologically innovative interventions for children and youth, and the parents and school staff who support them. She is a co-investigator on multiple research studies in Australia and the US examining program outcomes and predictors of treatment effectiveness. Dr. Beaumont has delivered conference presentations, workshops and lectures locally and internationally on improving youth resilience and mental health. 

Honors and Awards

2018 Secret Agent Society Program – Winner of the Australian CRC Award for Excellence in Innovation

2018 Nominated for the 2018 Advance Global Australian Award in Education 

2016 Secret Agent Society Whole of Classroom Trial – Winner of the Australian Autism Cooperative Research Centre Translation of Autism Research Award 

2014 Secret Agent Society Program – Winner of the Aspect National Recognition Award for Advancement 

2014 Secret Agent Society Family Kit –Winner of the US Learning Magazine Teacher’s Choice Award for the Family 

2011 Senior Researcher Award, American and Canadian Academies of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 

2009 Finalist – Australian Interactive Media Industry Association Awards – Best Learning and Educational Game of the Year Award 

2005 Awarded a bursary by the British Psychological Society to present two research papers at the Society's Developmental Psychology Conference in Edinburgh, Scotland 

2001 Awarded the Australian Psychological Association Prize for achieving the highest level of distinction in Honors in Psychology at the University of Queensland 

Clinical Expertise
Autism Spectrum Disorder
Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)
Oppositional Defiant Disorder
Cognitive-Behavior Therapy
Group Psychiatry Therapy
Training In Social Skills
Education About Parenting Skills
Anxiety Disorders
Anxiety and Depression
Depression and Anxiety Disorders
Depression in Children and Teens
  • Ph.D.
    University of Queensland (Australia)
  • B.Sc.
    University of Queensland (Australia)
  • Assistant Attending Psychologist
    NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital
  • Assistant Professor of Psychology in Clinical Psychiatry
    Weill Cornell Medical College, Cornell University

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Proprietary Interest: 
Social Skills Training Institute