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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Areas of Expertise (33)
Acceptance and Committment Therapy (Act)
Behavior Disorders in Children
Body Dysmorchic Disorder
Caffeine and ADHD
Caffeine and Depression
Clinical Child Psychology
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
Exposure and Response Prevention
Insomnia and Sleep Disorders
Obsessive Compulsive Disorder (OCD)
Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT)
Pediatric Sleep Disorders
Principles of Psychological Assessment
Sibling Conflict Resolution
Teaching Parents to Code Child Behavior
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
College of Humanities and Social Sciences Early Career Award
Southern Utah University, 2018
Festival of Excellence Distinguished Mentor Award
Southern Utah University, 2018
Southern Utah University, 2016 & 2017
- 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.
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.”
Teaching Parents to Code Disruptive Behavior: A Comparison of MethodsTaylor & 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.
Artistic Behaviors and Aggressive Tendencies in ChildhoodUtah 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.
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.
Methodological Considerations in Caffeine Research and Depression: A Review of Recent Trends from the Psychological LiteratureJournal 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.
A Treatment Selection Model of Sibling Conflict Based on Observational MeasurementsJournal 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.
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.
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.
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.