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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 2014 admission.

Recent Publications
  • 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.
  • Shapiro, D.N., Howell, K.H., & Kaplow, J.B. (in press). Associations among mother-child communication quality, childhood maladaptive grief, and depressive symptoms. Death Studies.
  • 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.
  • Howell, K.H., Miller, L.E., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012). Inconsistencies in mothers' and group therapists' evaluations of resilience in preschool children who live in households with intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence, 27(6), 489-497.
  • Miller, L.E., Howell, K.H., Hunter, E.C. & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012). Enhancing safety planning in evidence-based interventions with children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV). Child Care in Practice, 18(1), 67-82.
  • Howell, K.H. (2011). Resilience and psychopathology in children exposed to family violence. Aggression and Violent Behavior: A Review Journal, 16, 562-569.
  • Graham-Bermann, S.A., Howell, K.H., Lilly, M.M., & DeVoe, E. (2011). Mediators and moderators of change in adjustment following intervention for children exposed to intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26(9), 1815-1833.
  • Howell, K.H., Graham-Bermann, S.A., Czyz, E., & Lilly, M. (2010). Assessing resilience in preschool children exposed to intimate partner violence. Violence and Victims, 25(2), 150-164.
  • Graham-Bermann, S.A., Howell, K., Habarth, J., Krishnan, S., Loree, A., & Bermann, E. (2008). Toward assessing traumatic events and stress symptoms in preschool children from low-income families. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78(2), 220-228.
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