Caleb Spiro

Caleb Spiro, MA

Clinical Extern

Clinical Expertise

Caleb Spiro is a clinical extern at the Youth and Family Institute where he provides supervised direct patient care in Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Dialectical Behavioral Therapy (DBT) services to help improve the lives of children and youth with emotional dysregulation and developing psychopathology. He enjoys teaching, modeling and reinforcing skills for emotional resilience to stress and hard life events. He is currently a clinical psychology doctoral candidate at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign.


Pitzer College, BS (Psychology)

Rutgers University, MA (Applied Psychology)

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign Ph.D. (current)


Caleb has trained as a crisis line worker, trauma interventionist, and behavioral assistant, and has worked on teams delivering CBT, DBT, and Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) to youth and families. He has also developed a nationally recognized anti-bullying program that has been implemented at schools across the country.


Caleb aspires to better characterize how trauma and early life adversity contribute to changes in underlying neurobiology and worsening psychopathology. Specifically, his research investigates how adaptive responses to adversity contribute towards successful diagnostic remission across mood and psychosis spectrum disorders. Prior to the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, Caleb worked as a research assistant at the Pediatric Emotion and Resilience Lab at Stanford University led by Dr. Antonio Hardan as well as at the University of California, San Francisco with Dr. Judith Ford.

General Approach

Caleb focuses his approach on developing resilience and adaptive coping strategies. Caleb cares deeply about highlighting individuals’ strengths, and values helping others feel empowered to overcome hardships. In his free time, he enjoys playing with his dogs and running outdoors.

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