Theresa Lafavor, PhD

Assistant Professor
UC Box 
HPC-2, Room 296

Dr. Theresa Lafavor


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Neuropsychology, 2014, University of Minnesota Medical School
  • PhD University of Minnesota, 2012, Child Clinical Psychology
  • BA Smith College, 2001, Major: Child Clinical Psychology

Selected Recent Publications (*denotes student author)

Lafavor, T., Langworthy, S.E., Persaud, S., & Kalstabakken, A.W., (Submitted). The importance of parent and teacher perceived academic competence and engagement in predicting the school success of homeless and highly mobile (HHM) youth.

Knowlton, C., & Lafavor, T. (Submitted). Interventions for child sexual abuse and their cognitive impact: A systematic review of the literature.

De Boer, D., & Lafavor, T. (Submitted). Efficacy of Interventions for Child Maltreatment: Are the Past 30 years of Treatment Ignoring Critically Important Outcomes?

Lafavor, T. (2017). Predictors of academic success in 9 to 11 year old homeless children: The role of executive function, social competence, and emotional control. Journal of Early Adolescence, 0272431616678989.

Barnes, A., Lafavor, T.L., Cutuli, J.J., Zhang, L., Oberg, C.N., & Masten, A.S. (2017). Self-regulation and health in homeless and highly mobile children. Children, 4(8), 70.

Cutuli, J. J., Ahumada, S. M., Herbers, J. E., Lafavor, T. L., Masten, A. S., & Oberg, C. N. (2017). Adversity and children experiencing family homelessness: implications for health. Journal of Children and Poverty, 1, 41-55.

Duvall, S.W., Erickson, S.J., MacLean, P., LaFavor, T., & Lowe, J.R. (2017). Multimodal Executive Function Measurement in Preschool Children Born Very Low Birth Weight and Full Term: Relationships Between Formal Lab-Based Measure Performance, Parent Report and Naturalistic Observational Coding.  Journal of Pediatric Neuropsychology, 3(3), 195-205.

Semrud-Clikeman, M., Lafavor, T.L., & Gross, A.C. (2016). Interventions for traumatic brain injuries (TBI) and concussions. In L. Theodore (Ed.) Handbook of applied interventions for children and adolescents. New York, NY: Springer Publishing Company.

Quevedo, K.M., Johnson, A.E., Loman, M.M., Lafavor, T.L., Moua, B., & Gunnar, M.R. (2015). The impact of early neglect on defensive and appetitive physiology during adolescence. Journal of Developmental Psychobiology, 57(3), 289-304.

Cutuli, J. J., Herbers, J. E., Lafavor, T. L., Ahumada, S. M., Masten, A. S., & Oberg, C. N. (2014). Asthma and functioning among homeless kindergarten-aged children in emergency housing. Journal of Health Care for the Poor and Underserved, 25(2), 717-30.

Loman, M. M., Johnson, A. E., Quevedo, K. M., Lafavor, T. L., & Gunnar, M. R. (2014). Risk taking and sensation seeking propensity in post-institutionalized early adolescents. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 55(10), 1145-52.

Quevedo, K. M., Johnson, A. E., Loman, M. M, Lafavor, T. L., & Gunnar, M. R. (2012). The confluence of adverse early experience and puberty on the cortisol awakening response. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 36(1), 19-28.

Herbers, J. E., Cutuli, J. J., Lafavor, T. L., Vrieze, D., Leibel, C., Obradovic, J., & Masten, A. S. (2011). Direct and indirect effects of parenting on academic functioning of young homeless children. Early Education and Development, 22(1), 77-104.


  • Advanced Life Span Development
  • Clinical Assessment
  • Neuropsychological Assessment


Dr. Theresa Lafavor is an Associate Professor for the PhD Clinical Psychology Program. She received her PhD from the University of Minnesota. Dr. Lafavor’s clinical and research interests focus on processes of resilience and positive adaptation in the context of risk and adversity. She specializes in community-based research with underserved, marginalized, and extremely vulnerable populations with the goal of promoting competence within individuals and communities. Dr. Lafavor is a board-eligible Pediatric Neuropsychologist and uses neuropsychological methods to measure functioning across levels of analysis and the lifespan.

Professional Memberships & Affiliations

  • American Psychological Association, Early Career Member
  • Society for Research in Child Development
  • International Neuropsychological Society
  • Society for Research on Adolescence