Maegan Calvert, Ph.D.


Professional Certifications and Education

Pediatric Psychology Postdoctoral Fellow, Children’s Medical Center Dallas, Dallas, Texas. APA-Accredited.

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark.  APA-Accredited

Clinical Internship, Child Track, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, Division of Psychology, University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Jackson, Miss. APA-Accredited.

M.A., Clinical Psychology, University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, Ark. APA-Accredited.

M.S., Clinical Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich. APA-Accredited.

B.S., Psychology, Eastern Michigan University, Ypsilanti, Mich.

Research Experience

I am currently supported by the NIDA T32 program as a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences. I completed my Postdoctoral Fellowship in Pediatric Psychology at Children’s Medical Center Dallas in August 2020 where I conducted research and provided services to families in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit and to child welfare involved youth. My research at Children’s Medical Center Dallas included describing measurement-related difficulties with commonly used pediatric measures and evaluating the effectiveness of brief behavioral interventions for suicidal ideation and evidenced-based practices within integrated care settings for child welfare involved youth. During my time at CMCD, I provided infant mental health interventions, brief behavioral assessments and interventions for children and adolescents as well as evidenced-based treatments (e.g., Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Parent-Child Interaction Therapy) for trauma-related difficulties within an integrated care setting. I completed my doctoral training at University of Arkansas, Fayetteville and my pre-doctoral internship training at University of Mississippi Medical Center. My doctoral research focused on the sequelae of interpersonal violence including sexual and intimate partner violence as well as childhood maltreatment. During this time, I explored the associations among caregiver variables (e.g., parenting stress, caregiving helplessness, maternal posttraumatic stress symptoms), discrete events (e.g., intimate partner violence and history of childhood maltreatment) and sequelae (e.g., substance use, health outcomes, resilience, child social-emotional development, parenting difficulties). During my dissertation, I aimed to extend upon my earlier work and explored the associations among maternal posttraumatic stress symptoms, disruptive emotion processes (i.e., alexithymia, difficulties interpreting emotions, negative beliefs about emotions) and parenting meta-emotion philosophies. My dissertation research also sought to describe how treatment for posttraumatic stress symptoms among incarcerated women who experienced sexual violence may impact parenting meta-emotion philosophies through changes in posttraumatic stress symptoms and the aforementioned emotion processes. Moreover, during my graduate career I became interested in advanced statistical modeling of complex behaviors and sought training in structural equation modeling and latent growth curve modeling.

Research Interests

My research interests include the intergenerational sequelae of adverse childhood events and interpersonal trauma and disparities experienced among children with histories of adverse childhood events. In my previous work, I studied both emotional processes that affect child development (e.g., attachment, emotion socialization, and barriers to emotion socialization) and trajectories of youth development (i.e., dating violence trajectories and chronic heath trajectories of children who experience adverse childhood events). Within this line of research, my overall interest is in predictors of persistence and desistence of maladaptive behavioral, emotional, and relational patterns during childhood, adolescence, and adulthood. I am also interested in using advanced technology and statistical techniques to model trajectories of equifinality and multifinality and interactions among relational patterns. Further, research indicates that children who experience trauma are more likely to experience health and treatment-related disparities than children who have not experienced trauma. Thus, my second line of research focuses on health and treatment-related disparities for children who have experienced trauma in order to inform implementation science and social policy.

Recent Publications

Baker, D. E., Hill, M., Chamberlain, M.A., Hurd, L., Karlsson, M., Zielinski, M., Calvert, M., & Bridges, A. J. (2020). “Interpersonal vs. Non-Interpersonal Cumulative Traumas and Psychiatric Symptoms in Treatment-Seeking Incarcerated Women.” Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.

Baker, D. E., Edmonds, K. A., Calvert, M. L., Sanders, S. M., Bridges, A. J., Rhea, M. A., & Kosloff, S. (2019). “Predicting attrition in long-term residential substance use disorder treatment: a modifiable risk factors perspective.” Psychological Services. doi: 10.1037/ser0000333

Karlsson, M. E., Calvert, M. L., Hernandez Rodriguez, J., Weston, R., & Temple, J. R. (2018). “Changes in acceptance of dating violence and physical dating violence victimization in a longitudinal study with teens.” Child Abuse and Neglect (86), 123-135. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2018.09.010

Huth-Bocks, A., Harris, K., Calvert, M., Scott, S., & Ahlfs-Dunn, S.  (2016). “Disorganized caregiving: associations with maternal trauma and infant social-emotional problems.” Infant Mental Health Journal (1), 1-14.