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Allison Brandt, PhD

Assistant Professor | Co-Director of Child Psychology Emphasis | Sabiduría Core Faculty
UC Box 
HPC-2, Room 288

Roles and Interests


  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Comprehensive Case Conceptualization
  • Clinical Supervisor
  • Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Clinical & Research Interests

My scholarly work focuses on improving the access and quality of evidence-based treatments for underserved populations,  particularly Latinx children and families. Clinically, I specialize in pediatric health psychology and family-based treatment of trauma and anxiety from a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) perspective informed by systemic, multicultural and developmental theories. In addition to general CBT for families, I have specialized training in Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT), Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT), Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP), and Cognitive Behavioral Intervention for Tics (CBITS).


  • Post-Doctoral Fellow, University of California Los Angeles, Mattel Children’s Hospital, 2015-2016
  • PhD, Central Michigan University, Doctor of Philosophy in Clinical Psychology, 2015
  • Pre-Doctoral Intern, University of California Los Angeles, David Geffen School of Medicine, 2014-2015
  • MA, Central Michigan University, Masters of Arts in Clinical Psychology, 2012
  • BA, University of San Diego, Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and Spanish, 2009

Professional Membership

  • Oregon Psychological Association (OPA)
    • Ethics Committee, Secretary
  • Oregon Consortium of PCIT Providers
  • Society of Pediatric Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 54)
    • Anti-Racism Work Group, Member
  • Society of Clinical Child & Adolescent Psychology (American Psychological Association, Div. 53)
  • Parent Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) International

Selected Recent Publications (*denotes student author)

Christian-Brandt, A.S., & Santacrose, D. E. (2020). Adapting PCIT to address mental health care disparities among underserved families impacted by pediatric illness: A case series of Bedside PCIT. Clinical Practice in Pediatric Psychology: Special Issue on Health Disparities. doi: 10.1037/cpp0000322

Christian-Brandt, A.S., Santacrose, D. E., & Barnett, M. (2020). The Trauma-Informed Care trenches: Compassion satisfaction, secondary traumatic stress, burnout, and intent to leave education among teachers at high needs elementary schools. Child Abuse & Neglect: Research to promote a healthy and resilient child abuse & neglect workforce special issue.

Tung, I., Christian-Brandt, A., Langley, A., & Waterman, J. (2020). Developmental outcomes of infants adopted from foster care: Predictive associations from prenatal and pre-placement risk factors. Infancy25(1), 84-109. doi: 10.1111/infa.12319

Christian-Brandt, A.S., Santacrose, D. E., Farnsworth, H.*, & MacDougall, K. A.* (2019). When Treatment is Traumatic: Empirical Review of Prevention and Treatment for Pediatric Medical Traumatic Stress. American Journal of Community Psychology: Special Issue on Applied and Translational Research on Trauma-Responsive Programs and Policy. doi: 10.1002/ajcp.12392

Christian-Brandt, A.S., & Philpott, J.* (2018). Tailoring of PCIT for Latino/a Families. In L. N. Niec (Ed.), Handbook of Parent-Child Interaction Therapy: Innovations and Applications for Research & Practice (253-268). New York, New York: Springer.

Treimistra, K., Niec, L., Peer, S.*, & Christian-Brandt, A.S. (2016). The Influence of Conventional Masculine Gender Norms on Parental Attitudes Toward Seeking Psychological Services for Children. Psychology of Men & Masculinity. 

Niec, L. N., Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., Abbenante-Honold, E. S., Christian, A. S., Barnett, M. L., Aguilar, G., & Peer, S. (2014). Working together to solve disparities: Latina/o parents’ contributions to the adaptation of a preventive intervention. Psychological Services, Mental Health Care Disparities special issue. Psychological Services, 11, 410-420. doi: 10.1037/a0036200

Christian, A., Niec, L. N., Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., & Kassab, V. (2014). Dissemination of an evidence-based parenting program: Clinician perspectives on training and implementation. Children and Youth Services Review. doi: 0.1016/j.childyouth.2014.04.005

Acevedo-Polakovich, I. D., Bell, B., Gamache, P., & Christian, A. S. (2013). Service accessibility for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning youth. Youth & Society, 45(1), 75 - 97.

McCabe, K. M., & Christian, A. S. (2010). Evidence based interventions for culturally diverse children and adolescents: The case of Mexican American youth. In K. Keith (Ed.), Cross-cultural psychology: A contemporary reader. London, England: Wiley-Blackwell.

Selected Recent Presentations (*denotes student author)

Kuo, L.*, Christian-Brandt, A. S., & Michael, P. (2020, May). Impact of maternal ACEs and postpartum depression on infant socioemotional functioning. Poster presented at the Annual Oregon Psychological Association Conference, Portland, OR.

George, C.*, Christian-Brandt, A. S., & Michael, P. (2020, May). The HealthySteps program: Developmental trajectory of underserved, high-risk infants in an integrated pediatric primary care setting. Poster presented at the Annual Oregon Psychological Association Conference, Portland, OR.

Christian-Brandt, A. S., Philpott, J.*, & Edwards-Leeper, L. (2019, August). Adaptation of PCIT for a Latinx Gender Diverse Child. Paper presented at the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International Convention, Chicago, IL.

Christian-Brandt, A. S. (August 2019). Increasing Access to PCIT Among Underserved Families: PCIT within Integrated Care. Poster presented at the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International Convention, Chicago, IL.

Farnsworth, H.,* Christian-Brandt, A.S., Seawell, A. (2019, June). Adverse Childhood Experiences (ACEs) & Health Outcomes in Adulthood: A Meta-Analysis. Poster presented at the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children Annual Colloquium, Salt Lake City, UT.

Tung, I., Christian-Brandt, A., Langley, A., & Waterman, J. (2019, March). Developmental outcomes of foster-adoptive infants: Differential Sensitivity to Prenatal Risk Factors Based on Biological Sex. Poster presented at the Society of Research in Child Development, Baltimore, MD.

Schild, K.*, MacDougall, K.*, McCoy, K.*, Kivel, M.*, Christian-Brandt, A. S., & Kuo, L.* (2018, August). Integrated Pediatric Primary Care: Perspectives of Medical Providers in Oregon. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, CA.

Christian-Brandt, A. S., Niec, L., Solomon, D., & Lammert, H.* (2017, November). A Meta-Analysis of Therapist Training in Evidence-Based Treatment. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.

Shay, K.,* Christian-Brandt, A. S., McKoy, K.* (2017, November). Evaluation of a School-Based CBT Prevention Program for Childhood Trauma. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego, CA.

Christian-Brandt, A. (2017, September). Bedside PCIT: Building Resiliency in Families of Medically Ill Children. Paper presented at the Parent-Child Interaction Therapy International Convention, Traverse City, MI.

Tung, I.,* Christian-Brandt, A., Langley, A., & Waterman, J. (2016, May). Predictive associations between prenatal and postnatal risk factors and developmental and temperamental outcomes among infants in foster care. Poster presented at the Rudd Adoption Research Program Conference, Amherst, MA.