Kyla Liggett-Creel

Kyla Liggett-Creel HeadshotKyla Liggett-Creel, Assistant Clinical Professor

Contact Information

Phone: 410-706-1099
Room: 2W04

Liggett-Creel CV

Dr. Kyla Liggett-Creel is an Assistant Clinical Professor at the School of Social Work, University of Maryland. She has served as a Senior Clinical Social Worker at the Center for Infant Studies for three years. She was previously a Supervising Clinical Social worker at Kennedy Krieger Institute for nine years (1999-2008) and coordinated a clinic for children between the ages of birth to five who had experienced trauma. Her BS is from the University of Maryland, College Park and MSW is from Smith College School of Social work. She has an earned PhD from the School of Social work, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Dr. Liggett-Creel has presented for Child Welfare agencies across the State of Maryland on issues related to trauma, attachment and development. She has also offered presentations about behavioral management for children in education settings. Dr. Liggett-Creel has published an article on evidence-based practice with parents of children birth to seven years old who have experienced trauma. Dr. Liggett-Creel has consulted with the Institute of Medicine, National Academy of Sciences and provided a paper on parenting and early childhood mental health.Dr. Liggett-Creel served as the Director of  Director of Research and Evaluation for the Promise Heights Program until 2020. She is now the lead strategist for the Office of Youth and Trauma Services at the Baltimore City Health Department.


Ph.D. University of Maryland, Baltimore

MSW. School of Social Work, Smith College

B.S. University of Maryland, College Park

Recent Publications

Liggett-Creel, K., Barth, R. P., Mayden, B., & Pitts, B. E. (2017). The Parent University Program: Factors predicting change in responsive parenting behaviors. Children And Youth Services Review8110-20. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.07.017

Liggett-Creel, K. (2016). The Parent University Program: Factors predicting change in responsive parenting behaviors. Dissertation, University of Maryland, Baltimore.

Barth, R. & Liggett-Creel (2014). Common components of parenting programs for children birth to eight years of age involved with child welfare services. Children and Youth Services Review, 40, 6-12.

Connors, K. M., Lertora, J. & Liggett-Creel, K. (2011).  Group Work with Children Impacted by Sexual Abuse.  In G. L. Greif & P. H. Eprhoss (eds.). Group Work with Populations at Risk, 3rd edition.  New York: Oxford University Press.

Liggett-Creel, K. (2000). The collaboration realities of the urban African American Protestant church with social workers in the fight against youth violence: a project based upon an independent investigation. Master’s thesis- Smith College School for Social Work.