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Michelle  Grimes - Southern Utah University. Cedar City, UT, US

Michelle Grimes

Assistant Professor of Child Clinical Psychology | Southern Utah University


A licensed psychologist specializing in clinical child psychology, principles of phycological assessment, and sibling conflict resolution


Dr. Michelle Grimes is an Assistant Professor of Child Clinical Psychology at Southern Utah University. Her clinical and research interests focus on behavior disorders of childhood, sibling conflict, and pediatric sleep disorders.

Dr. Grimes is a licensed psychologist with specialized training in clinical child psychology. During her short time at SUU she has developed the annual SUU Child Behavioral Health Conference, which offers continuing education for behavioral health professionals in the community.

Dr. Grimes earned a Bachelor of Arts in Psychology from the University of Oregon, a Master of Science in Psychology and a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Idaho State University. Her postdoctoral fellowship with the Kennedy Krieger Institute, Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine focused on clinical child psychology.








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Industry Expertise (5)


Writing and Editing


Mental Health Care


Areas of Expertise (33)


Acceptance and Committment Therapy (Act)


Behavior Disorders in Children

Behavioral Health

Behavioral Issues

Body Dysmorchic Disorder

Caffeine and ADHD

Caffeine and Depression

Child Development

Clinical Child Psychology

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy


Disruptive Behaviors

Eating Disorders

Exposure and Response Prevention

Family Therapy

Habit Reversal

Insomnia and Sleep Disorders

Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)

Oppositional Defiance


Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)

Pediatric Sleep Disorders

Principles of Psychological Assessment

Psychological Evaluations

School Concerns

Sibling Conflict

Sibling Conflict Resolution

Teaching Parents to Code Child Behavior


Tourette Syndrome


Education (4)

Kennedy Krieger Institute/Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine: Postdoctoral Fellowship

Idaho State University: Ph.D., Clinical Psychology

Idaho State University: M.S., Psychology

University of Oregon: B.A., Psychology

Accomplishments (3)

College of Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Award

Southern Utah University, 2018

Festival of Excellence Distinguished Mentor Award

Southern Utah University, 2018

Influencer Certificate

Southern Utah University, 2016 & 2017

Affiliations (3)

  • APA Division of Child Clinical Psychology
  • PSI CHI Undergraduate Honor Society Co-Advisor
  • SUU University Curriculum Committee

Media Appearances (2)

Tackling Parenting Head-On

Iron County Today  online


Sibling conflict. Kids with sleep disorders. Verbal aggression? These and other disruptive behaviors are all-too-common for parents, says Michelle Grimes, assistant professor of Child Clinical Psychology at Southern Utah University. But as a parent herself, she has found effective strategies to tackle troubling issues.

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Practical Parenting Conference for the Community

SUU News  online


Michelle Grimes, the assistant professor in the SUU Psychology Department, organized the event. “We wanted a time where we can talk about some very common parenting struggles, but also let folks know what to do when they have a serious concern,” she stated. “We want to help everyone know what signs to look for and what resources are available.”

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Articles (5)

Teaching Parents to Code Disruptive Behavior: A Comparison of Methods

Taylor & Francis

L. Michelle Grimes ,Stacy S. Forcino , Cy B. Nadler


Clinicians who work with youth frequently rely on parents to contribute information via interview or questionnaires. These approaches may obscure precise measurement of behavior change. Training parents to observe specific target behaviors in the natural setting may be a superior strategy, but formal coder training for parents is not well-established. The current study compared parent accuracy in coding child aggression and noncompliance with the Behavior Record Card (BRC) under Standard (written instructions) and Enhanced (active teaching) training conditions. Study results highlight the differential impact of training, limitations of self-directed coder-training, and the need for research on integrating parent observations in treatment.

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Artistic Behaviors and Aggressive Tendencies in Childhood

Utah Conference on Undergraduate Research

Ashlyn Judd, Michelle Grimes


Art has been credited with assisting children in strengthening their sense of identity, self-esteem, self-expression, as well as aiding in trauma processing. Though the theoretical foundation for art therapy as an intervention for aggression has been discussed, little research is available to evaluate this claim. The available data consists primarily of case study methodology. To add to existing knowledge, we employed a correlational study to investigate if there is a relationship between visual arts engagement and aggressive tendencies in children.

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Caffeine as an Independent Variable in Behavioral Research: Trends from the Literature specific to ADHD.

Journal of Caffeine Research

Grimes L. Michelle , Kennedy Abigail E. , Labaton Rachel S. , Hine Jeffrey F. , Warzak William J.


Caffeine's therapeutic effects have been widely investigated; it has been featured as an important independent variable in psychopharmacological research and has been regarded as a promising addition to the class of stimulant medications.

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Methodological Considerations in Caffeine Research and Depression: A Review of Recent Trends from the Psychological Literature

Journal of Caffeine Research

Hine Jeffrey F. , Grimes L. Michelle , Labaton Rachel S. , Kennedy Abigail E. , Warzak William J.


There has been considerable research into the effects of caffeine on various aspects of human behavior, and it is well understood that caffeine is a mood-altering substance. Research studying the link between caffeine consumption and depression provides a model of investigatory procedures incorporating a large variety of nonexperimental design methods.

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A Treatment Selection Model of Sibling Conflict Based on Observational Measurements

Journal of Child and Family Studies

Nakaha, J., Grimes, L.M., Nadler, C., & Roberts, M.W.


Three projects are presented in which two clinic observational methods, the Sibling Conflict Resolution Scale (SCRS III) and the Sibling Play Analog (SPA), were developed, refined, and/or evaluated.

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Courses (7)

PSY 1010 General Psychology

Psychology is the scientific study of behavior. This course provides a broad overview of this field of science.

PSY 1100 - Lifespan Development

Lifespan Development is concerned with the biosocial, cognitive/emotional, and psychosocial development of individuals across the lifespan. The course begins examination of human life with conception and continues to examine interactive influences until death. This course focuses on theory, research, and application.

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PSY 2010 - Psychology as a Science and Profession

This course applies psychology to life. It also lays the foundation for further studies in psychology. Self-discovery; paradigm exploration; life, career, and education planning; professional organizations; research opportunities; graduate school; APA writing format; goal setting; decision-making; life and stress management; learning and memory skills; diversity; and psychology department resources are among the topics addressed.

PSY 3430 - Principles of Assessment

This course reviews the theory and application of assessment used in psychology and education. Content includes a review of the statistics used in assessment, measurement theory, test development, and the major instruments used to assess intelligence, achievement, and personality.

PSY 3800 - Psychology Practicum

Psychology Practicum prepares students for field placement experiences. It includes professional, ethical, legal, and clinical issues relevant to becoming a successful human service professional. This is a designated Service-Learning course.

PSY 4330 - Theories of Learning

The study of major learning theories that contribute to the understanding of learning. Emphasis will be given to the application of these theories to the learning process.

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PSY 4500 Abnormal Child Psychology

This course consists of special areas of interest to the faculty member. The course may be taken no more than four (4) times for credit, given the course subtitle is different each time.