Kathleen Armstrong

Kathleen Armstrong, Ph.D.

Instructor I, Non USF Health

Director, Pediatric Psychology Program, College of Medicine

Professor, College of Medicine Pediatrics

Contact Info Children's Medical Services
13101 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa FL 33612

Academic Email: karmstro@health.usf.edu

Academic Phone:(813) 974-0606

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  • PHD, Psychology, University of South Florida, 1996
  • M. Ed., Counselor Education, University of Florida, 1975
  • Ed. S., School Psychology, University of Florida, 1975
  • BA, Psychology, University of Florida, 1973

Interdisciplinary and Emerging Signature Programs

  • Women & Children's Health

Research Interests

  • Early Childhood Behavioral and Mental Health Disorders, including Autism, ADHD, Developmental Delays
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Academic and Behavioral Interventions
  • Assessment of Infants and Toddlers
  • Parent Training
  • Quanitative, qualitative and single subject research
  • Project Evaluation


  • American Psychological Association - Division of Health Psychology (Member, 2009 - Present)
  • Florida Psychological Association (Member, 2009 - Present)
  • National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) (Member, 2009 - Present)
  • Florida Association of Infant Mental Health (FAIMH) (Appointed board member, 2004 - Present)
  • Florida Association of Infant Mental Health (FAIMH) (Secretary, 2005 - 2007)
  • Florida Association of School Psychologists (FASP) (Research Chair, 2000 - 2003)

Recent Publications

  • Maguire DJ, Taylor S, Armstrong K, Shaffer-Hudkins E, Germain AM, Brooks SS, Cline GJ, Clark L. Long-Term Outcomes of Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome. Neonatal network : NN. 35(5) : 277-86, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27636691
  • Maguire DJ, Taylor S, Armstrong K, Shaffer-Hudkins E, DeBate R, Germain AM, Brooks SS. Characteristics of Maternal-Infant Interaction During Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal. Neonatal network : NN. 35(5) : 297-304, 2016. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/27636694
  • Kimonis E, Datyner A, Hunt E, & Armstrong K. Using a Novel Emotional Skills Module to Enhance Empathic Responding for a Child with Conduct Disorder with Limited Prosocial Emotions. Clinical Case Studies. , 2015.
  • Smith L, Rowe M, Farias J, Morley M, & Armstrong K. Understanding the characteristics of missing incidents in children with autism spectrum disorders. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disabilities. , 2015.
  • Armstrong K, Rowe M, & Kohler W. Addressing sleep disturbances in children with autism spectrum disorders. Annals of Pediatrics and Child Health. 3(2) : 1047-54, 2015.
  • Ogg J, Shaffer-Hudkins E, Childres J, Feldman M, Agazzi H, Armstrong K. Attendance and implementation of strategies in a behavioral parent-training program: comparisons between English and Español programs. Infant mental health journal. 35(6) : 555-64, 2014. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25798505
  • Bradley-Klug K, & Armstrong K. Preparing school psychologists as partners in integrated health care delivery. The Trainers Forum. : 67-83, 2014.
  • Armstrong K, Jeffries DeLoatche K, Kuzia Preece K, & Agazzi H. Combining Parent-Child Interaction Therapy and Visual Supports for the Treatment of Comorbid Epilepsy, Autism and Intellectual Disabilities in Early Childhood. Clinical Case Studies. , 2014.
  • Armstrong K, David A, & Goldberg K. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy with Deaf Parents and Their Hearing Child: A Case Study. Clinical Case Studies. , 2013.
  • Armstrong K, & Kimonis ER. Parent-Child Interaction Therapy for the treatment of Asperger’s disorder in early childhood: A case study. Clinical Case Studies. , 2012.
  • Kimonis ER, & Armstrong K. Adapting Parent-Child Interaction Therapy to treat severe conduct problems with callous-unemotional traits: A case study. Clinical Case Studies. 11(3) : 234-52, 2012.
  • Mieres AC, Kirby RS, Armstrong KH, Murphy TK, Grossman L. Autism spectrum disorder: an emerging opportunity for physical therapy. Pediatric physical therapy : the official publication of the Section on Pediatrics of the American Physical Therapy Association. 24(1) : 31-7, 2012. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/22207463
  • Salinas A, Smith JC, Armstrong K. Engaging fathers in behavioral parent training: listening to fathers' voices. Journal of pediatric nursing. 26(4) : 304-11, 2011. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/21726780
  • Williams J, Armstrong K, Bradley-Klug K, & Curtiss H. HOT DOCS: A parenting intervention to prevent and address challenging behavior in young children. Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology. 6: 1-20, 2010.
  • Agazzi H, Armstrong K, Bradley-Klug KL. BMI and physical activity among at-risk sixth- and ninth-grade students, Hillsborough County, Florida, 2005-2006. Preventing chronic disease. 7(3) : A48, 2010. http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/20394687
  • Agazzi H, Salinas A, Williams J, Chiriboga D, Ortiz C, & Armstrong K. Adaptation of a parent training curriculum for Hispanic caregivers. Infant Mental Health Journal. 1(19) , 2010.
  • Armstrong, K., Kohler, W., & Lilly. The young and the restless: A pediatricians guide to managing sleep problems. Contemporary Pediatrics. 3(26) : 28-39, 2009.
  • Curtiss, H., Armstrong, K., & Lilly, C. Positive behavior support and pediatric feeding problems: A case study. Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology. 4: 94-109, 2008.
  • Armstrong, K., Cusumano, D., Cohen, R., & Todd, M. Literacy training for early childhood providers: Changes in knowledge, beliefs, and instructional practices. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. 29: 297-308, 2008.
  • Massey, O.T., Boroughs, M., & Armstrong, K. School violence interventions in the Safe Schools Healthy Students Initiative: Evaluation of two early intervention programs. Journal of School Violence. 6: 57-75, 2007.
  • Cusumano, D., Armstrong, K., Cohen, R., & Todd, M. Indirect impact: How early childhood educator training and coaching impacted that acquisition of literacy skills in preschool students. Journal of Early Childhood Teacher Education. 27: 363, 2007.
  • Armstrong, K., Hornbeck, M., Beam, B., Mack, K., & Popkave, K. Development, implementation, and evaluation of a model for supporting caregivers of young children with challenging behavior. Journal of Early Childhood and Infant Psychology. 2: 51-61, 2006.
  • Boroughs, M., Massey, O.T., & Armstrong, K. Socioeconomic status and behavior problems: Addressing the context for school safety. Journal of School Violence. 4(4) : 31-47, 2005.
  • Massey, O.T., Armstrong, K., Boroughs, M., & Henson, K. Mental health services in schools: A qualitative analysis of challenges to implementation, operation, and sustainability. Psychology in the Schools. 4(42) : 361-372, 2005.
  • Scott, J., Armstrong, K., & Downes, K. Teasing and bullying: How pediatricians can help. Contemporary Pediatrics. 4(20) : 105-120, 2003.
  • Armstrong. K., Massey, O.T., Boroughs, M. Safe Schools/Healthy Students Initiative: Pinellas County Schools, FL. Psychology in the Schools. 5(40) : 489-502, 2003.
  • Armstrong, K., Dedrick, R., & Greenbaum, P. Factors associated with community adjustment of young adults with serious emotional disturbance: A longitudinal analysis. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. 2(11) : 65-76, 2003.
  • Hernandez, M., Gomez, A., Lipien, L., Greenbaum, P., Armstrong, K., & Gonzalez, P. Use of the system of care practice review in the national evaluation: Evaluating practice fidelity to system of care principles. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders. 9: 43-52, 2001.

Positions Held

  • Associate Clinical Professor (Pediatrics, Medicine, University of South Florida 2007 - 2009)
  • Associate Professor (Child and Family Studies, Florida Mental Health Insititute, University of South Florida College of Medicine 1998 - 2006)


  • Scholarship recipient (14th Annual Survival Skills & Ethics Conference - 2008)
  • Infants and Young Children Best Community Project Award (Best Community Project - 2008)
  • Community Service Award (Hispanic Heritage Council - 2008)
  • Most Distinguished Article Award (National Association of Early Childhood Teacher Education - 2006)