Lisa Armistead

Acting Associate Provost for Graduate Programs

Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1993
Distinguished Professor
Member, Clinical Psychology Program
1102 Urban Life 

Research Interests

Most generally, my research focuses on the role of families in the lives of children and adolescents. Over the past several years, I have investigated the impact of various family stressors on child and adolescent functioning. More recently, my research focus has narrowed to the intersection of HIV and families. In particular, I investigate the impact of maternal HIV infection on children and the use of families to prevent youth HIV infection. I have conducted this work domestically with African American families and internationally in South Africa. Through this research, my colleagues and I have identified several family process variables that serve as mechanisms through which a mother’s illness affects her child. Some of these include parenting skills, the parent child relationship, disclosure of maternal HIV status and maternal, as well as child, social support.

I am currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a randomized controlled trial of the Teaching, Raising, and Communicating with Kids (TRACK) program. My UCLA-based colleagues and I designed TRACK to assist HIV+ mothers with disclosing their status to their children. We will enroll 110 families in the Atlanta area and 110 families in Los Angeles, CA to evaluate the efficacy of the intervention over a 15-month follow-up period. Doctoral students in my lab (see below) are engaged in all aspects of this project, including data collection, intervention implementation, and information dissemination.

Current doctoral students include Christina Salama (5th year Clinical Neuropsychology Program), Nicholas Tarantino (5th year Clinical Community Program), Karie Gaska (5th year Clinical Community Program), Nada Goodrum (2nd year Clinical Program), and Becky LeCroix (1st year Clinical Community Program).

Clinical Interests

My clinical interests overlap with my research agenda in that I focus on families and family stressors in my work with children and adolescents. Specifically, I have expertise in parenting interventions and other behavioral interventions for child internalizing and externalizing problems. I limit my clinical work with adults to the presenting problems of mood and anxiety disorders. I adhere to the scientist-practitioner model and work primarily from a cognitive-behavioral orientation.

Representative Publications

Student co-authors are italicized)

Armistead, L. & Forehand, R. (1995). For whom the bell tolls: Parenting decisions and challenges faced by mothers who are HIV seropositive. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 3, 239-250.

Armistead, L., Klein, K., & Forehand, R. (1997). Disclosure of parental HIV infection to children in the families of men with hemophilia: Rates, outcomes, and the role of the family environment. Journal of Family Psychology, 11, 49-61.

Armistead, L., Morse, E., Forehand, R., Morse, P., & Clark, L. (1999) African American women and self-disclosure of HIV-infection: Rates, predictors, and relationship to depressive symptomatology. AIDS and Behavior, 3, 195-204.

Armistead, L., Tannenbaum, L., Forehand, R., Morse, E., & Morse, P. (2001). Disclosing HIV status: Are mothers telling their children? Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 26, 11-20.

Clark, H.J., Lindner, G. Armistead, L., & Austin, B. (2003). Stigma, disclosure, and psychological functioning among HIV-infected and non-infected African American women. Women and Health.

Armistead, L., Clark, H., Barber, C.N., Dorsey, S., Hughley, J., Favors, M., & Wykoff, S. (2004). Participant Retention in the Parents Matter! Program: Strategies and Outcome. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 13, 67-80.

Secrest, L., Lassiter, S., Armistead, L., Wycoff, S., Johnson, J., Williams, W., & Kotchick, B. (2004). The Parents Matter! Program: Building a successful investigator-community partnership. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 13, 35-45.

Maguen, S. & Armistead, L. (2006). Abstinence among female adolescents: Do parents matter above and beyond the influence of peers? Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76, 260-264.

Ketchen, B., Hazzard, A., Lassiter, S., Barber, N., Armistead, L., Mentz, R., Hsu, L. (2006). STARBRIGHT World: A Pilot Study of a Home-Based Sickle Cell Psychoeducational Intervention. Children’s Health Care, 321-338.

Forehand, R., Armistead, L., Long, N., Wyckoff, S., Kotchick, B., Whitaker, D., Shaffer, A., Greenberg, A., Murray, V., Jackson, L., Kelly, A., McNair, L., Dittus, P., & Miller, K. (2007). Efficacy of a family-based, youth sexual risk program for parents of African American pre-adolescents: A randomized controlled design. Archives of  Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 161, 1123-1129.

Palin, F., Armistead, L., Clayton, A., Ketchen, B., Lindner, G., Kokot-Louw, P., & Pauw, A. (2008). Disclosure of Maternal HIV-Infection in South Africa: Description and Relationship to Child Functioning. AIDS and Behavior.

Ketchen, B., Armistead, L., & Cook, S. (2009). HIV infection, Life Stressors, and Interpersonal Relationship Power: The Moderating Role of Community Resources. Women and Health, 49, 197-214.

Murphy, D. A., Marelich, W., Armistead, L., Herbeck, D., & Payne, D. (2010). Anxiety/stress among mothers living with HIV: Effects on parenting skills and child outcomes. AIDS Care, 22, 1449-1458.

Miller, K.S., Forehand, R., Wiegand, R.E., Fasula, A.M., Armistead, L., Long, N. & Wyckoff, S. (2011). Making HIV Prevention Programming Count: Identifying Predictors of Success in a Parent-Based HIV-Prevention Program for Youth. AIDS Education and Prevention, 23, 38-53.

Murphy, D. A., Armistead, L., Marelich, W. D., Payne, D. L, & Herbeck, D. M. (2011). Pilot Trial of a Disclosure Intervention for HIV+ Mothers: The TRACK Program. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 203-214.

Miller, K.S., Lin, C., Poulson, M., Fasula, A., Wyckoff, S, Forehand, R., Long, N.  & Armistead, L. (2011). Enhancing HIV Communication between Parents and Children: Efficacy of the Parents Matter! Program. AIDS Education and Prevention, 23, 550-563.

Salama, C., Morris, M., Armistead, L. Koenig, L., Demas, P., Ferdon, C., & Bachanas, P. (2012). Depression and conduct disorder problems in youth living with HIV: The independent and interactive roles of coping and neuropsychological functioning. AIDS Care and Research. DOI:10.1080/09540121.2012.687815