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

Michelle Grimes 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 (4)


Mental Health Care


Writing and Editing

Areas of Expertise (16)

Caffeine and Depression

Sibling Conflict Resolution

Teaching Parents to Code Child Behavior

Sibling Conflict

School Concerns

Psychological Evaluations

Pediatric Sleep Disorders


Disruptive Behaviors

Clinical Child Psychology

Child Development

Behavior Disorders in Children

Behavioral Health


Principles of Psychological Assessment

Caffeine and ADHD

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 (3)

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 (5)

PSY 1010 General Psychology

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

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 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.