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Krista Allen

Kristy Allen

Dr. Allen's program of research aims to identify key factors that underlie the intergenerational transmission of anxiety. In particular, I focus on the parent-child relationship within a broader developmental cognitive-affective neuroscience framework. I aim to elucidate the behavioral, cognitive, affective, and biological mechanisms via which parents may foster risk for anxiety in their children. I use a variety of methods at different levels of analysis, including behavioral observation, ecological momentary assessment, psychophysiology, event-related potentials, and eye-tracking. The goal of my research is to develop and refine mechanistically-based prevention and intervention approaches, particularly for the children of anxious parents. To that end, I have a special interest in cognitive bias modification for parents as one potential way to interrupt the intergenerational transmission of anxiety.

Jennifer Bolden

Jennifer Bolden

Dr. Bolden's work is contributing to the existing knowledge of developmental psychopathology with emphasis on improving both learning and behavior is the central focus of my research program. Specifically, I am interested in understanding neuropsychological correlates of attention, learning, and disruptive behavior problems in children to inform psychological science and evidence-based practices.

Chris Elledge

Chris Elledge

Dr. Elledge's program of research focuses on understanding how aspects of children's relationships with parents, siblings, and peers lead to, sustain, or exacerbate dysfunctional behavior in youth. I have particular interest in identifying relationship characteristics and interpersonal processes that confer developmental risk or protection for aggressive and bullied children and developing preventative intervention strategies that effectively enhance these children's social contexts and interpersonal relationships toward reducing later dysfunction.

Leticia Flores, Ph.D.

Leticia Flores, Ph.D.
Director of UT Psychological Clinic

Leticia Flores is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and the Director for the UT Psychological Clinic. Dr. Flores received her doctorate in Clinical Psychology at UT Southwestern Medical Center at Dallas, and completed a 2-year post-doctoral fellowship at the University of Washington in Seattle. Dr. Flores has taught courses in psychoanalytic psychotherapy, ethics and multicultural issues in psychology, and has supervised graduate students in training clinics for over 15 years. She specializes in working with late adolescents and adults regarding sexual orientation and gender identity issues. Dr. Flores is current President of the Association of Psychology Training Clinics (APTC); and a member of the American Psychological Association’s Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (Div 44); the World Professional Association for Transgender Health (WPATH); the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology; and Knoxville’s Appalachian Psychoanalytic Society. She consistently engages in outreach, education and advocacy in the Knoxville community on behalf of marginalized communities. She is a current member of Knoxville’s Police Advisory and Review Committee (PARC), a volunteer for the Tennessee Equality Project, a 501c4 serving the state’s LGBTQ+ community, and a volunteer with the East TN Civil Rights Working Group.

Jennie Macfie

Jenny Macfie

Dr. Macfie works within a developmental psychopathology framework at the intersection of clinical and developmental psychology. She is interested in the development of adult psychopathology that has strong conceptual links to early childhood development. Specifically she focuses on the developmental tasks of attachment, self development and self regulation. She is currently studying development in children and adolescents (age 4-6 and 14-17) whose mothers have borderline personality disorder (BPD).

Todd Moore

Todd Moore

Dr. Moore's clinical and research work focuses on the relationship between substance use and intimate partner violence, and the impact of gender role stress on men's health and behavior.  Dr. Moore is also interested in examining the extent to which poly-substance use, and substance use by one or both partners, impacts the odds of violence.  My research on gender role stress explores the extent to which men's appraisal of situations that may challenge cultural notions of masculinity affects their mood (e.g., anger), information processing (e.g., attributions), and behavior (e.g., substance use, violence, etc.).

Gregory Stuart

Gregory Stuart

Dr. Stuart's program of research has a particular emphasis on the role of substance use and abuse in intimate partner violence perpetration and victimization. My work addresses a broad spectrum of factors that are relevant to the etiology, classification, assessment, prevention, maintenance, and treatment of intimate partner violence. For approximately 11 years while I was a faculty member at Brown University and Butler Hospital in Providence, RI, I provided group substance abuse treatment every day on a partial hospital. I directed the Adult Psychopathology track of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium internship for many years and also served as a clinical supervisor for one of the internship rotations. Dr. Stuart generally subscribes to Cognitive-Behavioral and Motivational Interviewing models in his supervision, though he is open to many other perspectives including mindfulness and ACT approaches. Dr. Stuart specializes in the treatment of addictive behaviors, mood disorders, and anxiety disorders for adults.

Deborah Welsh

Dr. Welsh 's current research focuses understanding adolescent relationships and their impact on adolescent functioning.  Specifically, my research is focused on (1) understanding the development of adolescents' romantic relationships and (2) understanding relationship-related factors that are associated with the successful transition to college. My examination of adolescents' romantic relationships uses observational methodologies and video recall techniques to understand participants' own perceptions of the meaning of their interactions.


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