Penelope Krener Knapp*

Penny Knapp

Position Title
Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, Davis, M.I.N.D. Institute


Research Interests 
Penny Knapp MD received her MD from Harvard Medical School in 1969, and completed her training in Pediatrics at Yale New Haven and Massachussetts General Hospital and in Psychiatry at Boston University and McLean Hospitals. She is Board Certified in Pediatrics, Psychiatry and Child Psychiatry. Since 1998 Dr. Knapp has served as Medical Director, State of California, Department of Mental Health. Her current areas of expertise and research interests are in prevention and early intervention for children under the age of 5 and their families, and implementation of child telepsychiatry and distance learning. She has been project director for the Infant Preschool Family Mental Health Initiative, funded to California DMH by First 5: California Children and Families Commission. She is co P-I of the California ABCD–II project, funded by NASHP. She is currently consulting to the Department of Health Services Child Health Disability Prevention branch on increasing screening for social-emotional, behavioral, and family risk factors in pediatrics primary care. She serves on the AAP Bright Futures Infancy panel and AAP Mental Health Task Force.

Selected Publications 

Knapp PK, Hurlburt MS, Kostello EC, Ladd H, Tan L, & Zima BT: 2006 Child Sociodemographic Characteristics and Common Psychiatric Diagnoses in Medicaid Claims Data: Are They Reliable? Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research

Zima BT, Hurlburt MS, Knapp P, Ladd H, Tang L, Duan N, Wallace P., Rosenblatt A, Landsverk J, Wells KB.Quality of Publicly-funded Outpatient Specialty Mental Health Care for Common Childhood Psychiatric Disorders in California. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 44:2 Jan 2005

Gazziudin N & Knapp P: Practice Parameters for ECT in Children. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 2004

Tofler, I. R., Drell, M.J., & Knapp, PK The “Achievement by Proxy” spectrum: Recognition and clinical responses to pressured, high-achieving children and adolescents. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry 1999

Knapp, PK , Tofler, I. R., Drell, M.J. Achievement by Proxy Spectrum in Youth Sports. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America. October 1998