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Allison Brandt, PhD

Assistant Professor | Co-Director of Child Psychology Track
UC Box 
HPC-2, Room 288

Roles and Interests


  • Pediatric Psychology
  • Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
  • Clinical Supervisor - PCIT Advanced Clinical Team
  • Dissertation/Thesis Chair

Clinical & Research Interests

My scholarly work focuses on improving the access and quality of evidence-based treatments for underserved, minority children and families, particularly Spanish-speaking Latinx 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 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), and Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP).


  • 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 Member
  • Oregon Consortium of PCIT Providers
  • Society of Pediatric Psychology (American Psychological Association, Division 54)
  • 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., Farnsworth, H.*, & MacDougall, K. A.* (In Press). 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.

Christian, A., & McCabe, K. (2011). Coping style as a mediator of the relation between depressive symptoms and deliberate self-harm. Crisis: The Journal of Crisis Intervention and Suicide Prevention, 32(5), 272-279.

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)

Christian-Brandt, A. S., Philpott, J.*, & Edwards-Leeper, L. (August 2019). 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. (June, 2019). 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. (March 2019). 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.* (August 2018). 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.* (November 2017). 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.* (November 2017). 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. (September 2017). 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. (May 2016). 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.