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Sara Elkins

Sara Elkins, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Clinical Psychology,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3315
Office: Bayou 2529.06


Sara Elkins, Ph.D., is an associate professor of clinical psychology. She earned her doctorate in clinical psychology from the University of Tennessee and completed a pre-doctoral internship and post-doctoral fellowship at Baylor College of Medicine, Texas Children's Hospital.

Her program of research focuses on behavioral interventions for externalizing problems such as aggression, oppositionality and ADHD. In particular, the lab conducts outcome studies of parent management training (PMT)  for ODD and ADHD, emphasizing 1) understanding sequences of change in PMT and 2) creating adaptations to increase parent acceptability (e.g., value-based parent management training, technology-enhancements to increase access to care).

Dr. Elkins has experience conducting cognitive and behavioral interventions with adults, teens and children. Her clinical specialty areas include parent management training interventions for child disruptive behaviors and CBT treatment of child and adolescent anxiety and mood disorders.

Currently, Dr. Elkins has an active research lab, and she is committed to mentoring graduate student researchers in the master's Clinical Psychology and doctoral Health Service Psychology programs. See her curriculum vitae for more information and a link to the lab website. She will be accepting doctoral students for the 2022-2023 academic year (application year 2021).

Curriculum Vitae