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Kathryn H. Howell Kathryn H. Howell

Assistant Professor
Clinical (Child and Family)
356 Psychology Building.
901.678.1541 (telephone)
901.678.2579 (fax)
curriculum vitae


Ph.D., University of Michigan
M.S., University of Michigan
B.S., Cornell University

Research Interests
  • Environmental, psychological, and physiological mechanisms that promote resilience or reduce risk for psychiatric problems in the context of early traumatic stress
  • Evidence-based interventions for children and families exposed to traumatic events, such as family violence and interpersonal loss
  • Community-oriented studies to explore the various pathways to positive and negative functioning following exposure to traumatic events in childhood

Dr. Howell will be interviewing doctoral applicants for fall 2015 admission.

Recent Publications
  • Howell, K.H., Barnes, S.E., Miller, L.E., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (in press). Developmental variations in the impact of intimate partner violence exposure during childhood. Journal of Injury and Violence Research.
  • Howell, K.H., Shapiro, D.N., Layne, C.M., & Kaplow, J.B. (in press). Individual and psychosocial mechanisms of adaptive functioning in parentally bereaved children. Death Studies.
  • Howell, K.H., Miller, L.E., Lilly, M.M., Burlaka, V., Grogan-Kaylor, A., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (in press). Strengthening positive parenting through intervention: Evaluating the Moms’ Empowerment Program for women experiencing intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Kaplow, J.B., Howell, K.H., & Layne, C.M. (2014). Do circumstances of the death matter? Identifying socioenvironmental risks for grief-related psychopathology in bereaved youth. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 27(1), 42-49.
  • Howell, K.H., Miller, L.E., Lilly, M.M., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2013). Fostering social competence in preschool children exposed to intimate partner violence: Evaluating the Preschool Kids' Club intervention. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22(4), 425-445.
  • Howell, K.H., Miller, L.E., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012). Evaluating preschool children’s attitudes and beliefs about intimate partner violence. Violence & Victims, 27(6), 941-956.
  • Miller, L.E., Howell, K.H., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012). Potential mediators of adjustment in children exposed to intimate partner violence. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 671-675.
  • Howell, K.H. (2011). Resilience and psychopathology in children exposed to family violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal, 16, 562-569.
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