Texas Tech University

Parent-Child Interaction Therapy Lab

Elizabeth S. Ibanez, Ph.D.

Dr. Ibanez is currently in private practice as well as serving as adjunct faculty at Nova Southeastern University in Ft. Lauderdale, FL. She completed her internship at Citrus Health Network in Miami, FL, and did her postdoctoral fellowship at Nova Southeastern University. As a graduate student, her research interests focused on examining cultural factors affecting child maltreatment, the role of ethnicity and its impact on clinical judgment, and assessment of acculturation and cultural identity in parent-child interactions among Hispanic populations. She received her doctoral degree in 2007.

Dissertation Title: Corporal Punishment in Families of Mexican-Origin: The Role of Acculturation and Respeto

Stuart "Stu" Spendlove, Ph.D.

Dr. Spendlove is currently in private practice as a partner of Driskill and Bates Psychology in Lubbock, TX. He completed a child-track internship with the UCSD/VA Consortium in San Diego, California. He was also a postdoctoral fellow at the UCSD Autism Center of Excellence. His graduate research was focused on sociocultural variables as they relate to psychological problems in Mexican-American children. He received his doctoral degree in 2009.

Dissertation Title: The Role of Ethnic Identity, Other Protective Factors, and Acculturative Stress in At-Risk Mexican-American Adolescents

Joy R. Pemberton, Ph.D.

Dr. Pemberton is currently serving as a clinical psychologist and assistant professor at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS) in Little Rock, AR. She completed her internship in clinical child psychology at UAMS, followed by a research-focused postdoctoral fellowship at the Central Arkansas Veterans Healthcare System. Her graduate research focused on identifying factors which promote the acceptability and effectiveness of evidence-based parenting interventions. She received her doctoral degree in 2010.

Dissertation Title: Using Sequential Analysis to Determine Mechanisms of Change in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy


Carol Jackson, Ph.D.


Dr. Jackson is currently working in the Home-Based Primary Care Program at the Syracuse VA Medical Center as a licensed clinical psychologist. She completed her internship at the Cleveland VA Medical Center in Cleveland, OH. She received her doctoral degree in 2009.

Dissertation Title: Cultural Sensitivity Stages among Psychologists-in-Training

Rocio V. Garcia, Ph.D.

Dr. Garcia is currently the Training Director for the Child/Pediatric Psychology Fellowship at San Antonio Military Medical Center in San Antonio, TX. Prior to her current work, she had also served as a postdoctoral fellow at the San Antonio Military Medical Center following completion of her internship at Phoenix Children's Hospital in Phoenix, AZ. During graduate school, her research interests were concentrated on childhood obesity. She received her doctoral degree in 2011.

Dissertation Title: Agreement Between Health Care Providers and Parents about Causes and Treatments of Childhood Obesity

T. Lindsey Burrell, Ph.D.

Dr. Burrell is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Pediatrics at Emory University School of Medicine in Atlanta, GA. She specifically works in the Division of Autism and Related Developmental Disabilities. She completed her internship and fellowship training at Marcus Autism Center in Atlanta, GA. Her research interests in graduate school included parent training, PCIT, autism spectrum disorders, and disruptive behaviors. She received her doctoral degree in 2013.

Dissertation Title: Teaching Parents Effective Skills to Decrease Behavior Problems in Children with ASD: A Brief Intervention

Simone Sherman Moody, Ph.D.

Dr. Moody holds a number of professional roles at Children's Mercy Kansas City in Kansas City, MO, including Clinical Psychologist, Co-Director of an ADHD Summer Treatment Program, and teaching and supervising fellows and interns. She received her internship and fellowship training in Clinical Child Psychology from Children's Mercy Kansas City. Her interests include behavioral pediatrics, ADHD, disruptive behavior problems, and child trauma/maltreatment.  She received her doctoral degree in 2013.

Dissertation Title: Improving Readiness for Lifestyle Behavior Changes in an Ethnically Diverse Community Sample of Overweight and Obese Youth: A Preliminary Study

Katrina Mills Cook, Ph.D.


Dr. Cook is the Director of Parent Services at the Children's Advocacy Center in Dallas, TX. She completed her internship at Wasatch Mental Health Systems in Provo, UT, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at the Dallas Children's Advocacy Center. Her research interests as a graduate student included: the parent-child relationship, maternal stress, child abuse potential, and maternal knowledge of childhood development. She received her doctoral degree in 2014.

Dissertation Title: Effects of Evidence-Based Parenting Training on the Adolescent Mother-Child Relationship

Chelsea Klinkebiel, Ph.D.


Dr. Klinkebiel is currently completing her postdoctoral fellowship at the Center on Child Abuse and Neglect at Oklahoma University Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) in Oklahoma City, OK. Her internship was also completed at OUHSC in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences Internship Consortium. As a graduate student, her clinical and research interests included parent psychopathology and parent-child interactions as well as child maltreatment. She received her doctoral degree in 2016.

Dissertation Title: Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Examining Change in Maternal Depression and Parenting Self-Efficacy