Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1993
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. 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, and maternal, as well as child, social support.
The second focus of my recent research is the prevention of HIV via family-based methods. I was involved in a CDC-funded project that resulted in the creation of a family-based HIV prevention for African American youth. Specifically, in collaboration with African American parents residing in three communities, my colleagues and I created a parenting-based intervention for families of 9-12 year old African American children, The Parents Matter! Program. The Parents Matter! Program provides parents with tools to keep children on a healthy trajectory and free of HIV and other STDs. In the future, I anticipate bringing together these two lines of research through design and evaluation of a family-based HIV prevention for HIV affected families in South Africa.
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.
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.
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.