Education: Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2008)
Graduate Areas: Clinical - Child Clinical
Specialty: Child and Adolescent
The research conducted by my lab – the Child Anxiety Research (CARe) Program – has two primary aims. First, we seek to obtain a better understanding of what risk factors (e.g., neurocognitive deficits, family functioning) lead to the development of anxiety and related problems in kids (5-17 years old), particularly OCD, other anxiety disorders, hair pulling, and Tourette’s Syndrome. Second, we are interested in understanding how this information can be used to develop better treatments for these children. To achieve these aims, my lab conducts research utilizing a range of methodology from internet-sampling procedures to experimental tasks and treatment outcome research.Lab Site: Child Anxiety Research Program
Courses Frequently Taught
- Quantitative Statistical Analysis I (graduate)
Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities
Flessner, C. A., Sapyta, J., Freeman, J. B., Franklin, M. E., Garcia, A., March, J. et. al. (2011). Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Family Accommodation Scale-Parent Report (FAS-PR). Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 38-46.
Freeman, J. B., Flessner, C. A., & Garcia, A. (2011). The Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale: Reliability and Validity for Use among 5 to 8 Year Olds with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39(3), 877-883.
Flessner, C. A. (2011). Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Childhood Repetitive Behavior Disorders: Tic Disorders and Trichotillomania. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics, 20, 319-328.
Flessner, C. A., Allgair, A., Garcia, A., Sapyta, J., Freeman, J., Franklin, M. E., et. al. (2010). The Impact of Neuropsychological Functioning on Treatment Outcome inPediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder. Depression and Anxiety, 27, 365-371.
Flessner, C. A., Berman, N., Garcia, A., Freeman, J., & Leonard, H. (2009). Symptom Profiles in Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder: The Effects of Comorbid Grooming Behaviors. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 753-759.
Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Franklin, M. E., Keuthen, N. J., & Piacentini, J. (2009). Cross-section study of women with trichotillomania: Preliminary examination of pulling styles, severity, phenomenology, and functional impact. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40, 153-167.
Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Franklin, M. E., Keuthen, N. J., Piacentini, J., and the Trichotillomania Learning Center-Scientific Advisory Board. (2008). Styles of pulling in children with trichotillomania: Exploring differences in symptoms severity, phenomenology, and comorbid psychiatric symptoms. Behavior Research and Therapy, 48, 1055-1061.
Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Franklin, M. E., Keuthen, N. J., Piacentini, J., Cashin, S. E., et. al. (2007). The Milwaukee Inventory for Styles of Trichotillomania-Child Version (MIST-C): Initial development and psychometric properties. Behavior Modification, 31, 896-918.