Kathleen Armstrong

Kathleen Armstrong, Ph.D.

Director, Pediatric Psychology Program, College of Medicine

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)