Erin P Hambrick

Erin P Hambrick
University of Missouri - Kansas City | UMKC · Department of Psychology

PhD

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Introduction
I am interested in the developmental impact of early trauma and adversity, as well as finding ways to ameliorate the impact of these experiences. As such, my research involves understanding risk factors for trauma-related developmental problems and psychopathology, and then ways to use this more basic research to best select and sequence interventions for children with trauma histories.
Additional affiliations
August 2009 - May 2013
University of Kansas
Position
  • Research Assistant
August 2007 - May 2009
Western Carolina University
Position
  • Graduate Teaching Assistant

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Publications (32)
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Positive psychology concepts and principles can be incorporated into preparedness, crisis response, and recovery phases of disaster mental health efforts to address the needs of children, adolescents, and families. This article articulates general developmental considerations for applying positive psychology in disaster mental health contexts and d...
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Children in foster care have high rates of adverse childhood experiences and are at risk for mental health problems. These problems can be difficult to ameliorate, creating a need for rigorous intervention research. Previous research suggests that intervening with children in foster care can be challenging for several reasons, including the severit...
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Background: Adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) are associated with multiple mental and physical health problems. Yet, mechanisms by which ACEs confer risk for specific problems are largely unknown. Children in foster care typically have multiple ACEs and high rates of negative sequelae, including delinquent behaviors. Mechanisms explaining this...
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Background: The association between developmental adversity and children's functioning is complex, particularly given the multifaceted nature of adverse experiences. The association between the timing of experience and outcomes is underresearched and clinically under-appreciated. We examine how the timing of both adverse (including potentially tra...
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Although exposure to natural disasters can lead to diverse mental health (MH) outcomes in youth, most child disaster MH research has focused on posttraumatic stress symptoms (PTSS). To highlight the likelihood of other MH outcomes, we meta‐analyzed studies that have examined other (non‐PTSS) internalizing and externalizing behavior problems in yout...
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Engagement in mental health-focused preventive interventions is understudied. Demographic, child, and system-level predictors of engagement were explored in a study with children in foster care (N = 222, Mage = 10.3) who participated in a 30-week intervention. Attendance and engagement in mentor visits and skills groups were rated weekly. Only 4 of...
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We examined 30 service providers' and community leaders' perspectives regarding refugees' resettlement to a new country. We explored domains refugees navigate during adjustment after resettlement utilizing a multidisciplinary resource-based approach. Seven themes emerged including, (a) English language learning, (b) employment opportunities, (c) US...
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Background Talking about past experiences with parents is generally thought to promote positive psychological adjustment in children. Less is known about parent–child co-reminiscing when discussing past traumatic experiences, such as natural disasters, a unique type of shared trauma that can have long-lasting, and variable, psychological impacts on...
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Youth in foster care often experience more difficulty in school compared to their non-foster care peers. Difficulties exist across domains of academic functioning, including both performance (e.g., low grades) and behavioral health (e.g., high externalizing concerns) in school. One factor that has shown to be associated with positive academic funct...
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Purpose of review: This paper reviews literature on the influence of disaster exposure on the intersection between physical and mental health in children, including risk and protective factors. We provide an update on recent studies and conclude with recommendations for future research. Recent findings: The limited existing research on this topi...
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Early-life stress (ELS) poses risks for developmental and mental health problems throughout the lifespan. More research is needed regarding how specific ELS experiences influence specific aspects of neurodevelopment. We examined the association between ELS, defined as severe adversity (e.g., domestic violence, caregiver drug use) and severe relatio...
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Trauma recollections often contain trauma-related cognitive and emotional processing. Research examining indicators of such processing in children’s trauma recollections and their association with mental health symptoms is limited. Fifty 8 to 12-year-old children provided two open-ended recollections about (1) challenging/“bad” things and (2) posit...
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Identifying optimal out-of-home placements for child welfare-involved youth is challenging. Examples of youth recovering within each “out-of-home” placement type (foster, relative, residential) are evident, as are examples of youth who are deteriorating. The heterogeneity in developmental history and current functioning of youth makes blanket polic...
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Appendix A. Studies Included in Meta‐Analysis Appendix B. Descriptive Information of Studies Included in Meta‐Analysis Appendix C. Funnel plots for a) internalizing model and b) externalizing model
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Children with developmental trauma are at risk for severe and complex behavioral problems, often requiring long-term residential and day treatment. The Neurosequential Model of Therapeutics (NMT) is a developmentally-sensitive approach to clinical work with a capacity-building component focusing on attachment, the impact of maltreatment and trauma,...
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Child maltreatment is a major public health concern due to its impact on developmental trajectories and consequences across mental and physical health outcomes. Operationalization of child maltreatment has been complicated, as research has used simple dichotomous counts to identification of latent class profiles. This study examines a latent measur...
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State social service agency case files are a common mechanism for obtaining information about a child's maltreatment history, yet these documents are often challenging for researchers to access, and then to process in a manner consistent with the requirements of social science research designs. Specifically, accessing and navigating case files is a...
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Research on early intervention for young children (infants and toddlers) with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD), particularly children with comorbid maltreatment experiences, is limited. Existing research has primarily focused on structuring environments to be responsive to the needs experienced by children with FASD rather than improving the...
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Objective: This article describes the process of adapting and implementing a complex, multicomponent intervention for a new population. Specifically, the article delineates the development and implementation of the Fostering Healthy Futures for Teens (FHF-T) program, which is an adaptation and extension of the Fostering Healthy Futures(®) (FHF) pr...
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Research suggests that some types of trauma research can be conducted safely with children ages 10 and older. The aim of this project was to learn more about potential risks or benefits of conducting research with younger children and with child disaster survivors, specifically about research that includes children providing trauma recollections. F...
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Self-harm in youth is a risk factor related to mental health and future morbidity, yet, relatively little is known about the rates and course of self-harm in youth residing in foster care. This study examined self-harm talk in foster youth based on caregiver and child report for 135 children between the ages of 8- and 11-years old. Longitudinal dat...
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To understand the psychosocial implications of child maltreatment, methods used to document prevalence must be clear. Yet, rates of maltreatment found in child self-report are generally inconsistent with data found in case files from state social service agencies. Although it is known that self-reports and case file reports of abuse disagree on occ...
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Dissemination of Psychological First Aid (PFA) is challenging considering the complex nature of disaster response and the various disaster mental health (DMH) trainings available. To understand challenges to dissemination in community mental health centers (CMHCs), interviews were conducted with nine DMH providers associated with CMHCs. Consensual...
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Longitudinal research on youth in foster care is important, but often challenging to accomplish. To assist the field, a thorough description of the development of the SPARK (Studying Pathways to Adjustment and Resilience in Kids) project, a longitudinal research project on the mechanisms of resilience for foster youth and their caregivers, is prese...
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Coordination of mental health services in children with serious emotional disturbance (SED) has shown a preliminary relationship to positive outcomes in children. Yet, research in this area is sparse. Therefore, the relation between service coordination activities and adaptive functioning was examined for 51 children SED who were treated in the sch...
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Research on personality's role in coping is inconclusive. Proactive coping ability is one's tendency to expect and prepare for life's challenges (Schwarzer & Taubert, 2002). This type of coping provides a refreshing conceptualization of coping that allows an examination of personality's role in coping that transcends the current situational versus...
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T he developing child is a miracle of complexity. Billions of dynamic processes, internal (e.g., release of neurotransmitter at the synapse) and ex­ ternal to the child (e.g., interactions with caregiv­ ers and family), work together to influence, shape, and create the individual. Each person becomes unique, with his or her collection of strengths...

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