Kathleen Armstrong, Ph.D.

Professor, College Of Medicine Pediatrics

College Of Medicine Pediatrics

Director, Pediatric Psychology Program, College of Medicine, University of South Florida

Contact Info Department of Pediatrics
13101 Bruce B. Downs Blvd.
Tampa, FL 33612-4799

Academic Email: karmstro@health.usf.edu

Academic Phone: (813) 974-0606


  • PHD, Psychology, University Of South Florida, 1996
  • M.Ed., Counseling, University of Florida, 1975
  • Ed. S., 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
  • Academic and Behavioral Interventions
  • Assessment of Infants and Toddlers
  • Parent Training
  • 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

  • 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
  • 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
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Scott, J., Armstrong, K., & Downes, K. Teasing and bullying: How pediatricians can help. Contemporary Pediatrics. 4(20) : 105-120, 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)