Paula Fite, Ph.D.

Paula Pea Fite, Ph.D.

Paula Fite, Ph.D.

Dr. Fite received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the State University of New York (SUNY) at Buffalo in 2007. Following an APA-approved Clinical Residency at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, she joined the faculty of the University of Tennessee. She joined the faculty of the University of Kansas in 2011, and is currently an Associate Professor of Psychology and Applied Behavioral Science. Dr. Fite is the author or co-author of more than 100 empirical papers and chapters in her area of study. She is on the editorial board of Child Psychiatry and Human Development, the Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, and Substance Abuse: Research and Treatment. Fite serves as a Member-at-Large for Early Career Psychologists for the Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37 of APA). She was recently awarded the American Psychological Foundation’s Diane J. Willis Early Career Award (2014), the Steeples Award for Service to Kansas(2015), the Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award (2015), and the Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award (2016). She is also an American Psychological Association Fellow (since 2015).


Contact Information

Address

Dole Center for Human Development
Room 2012
University of Kansas
1000 Sunnyside Avenue
Lawrence, KS 66045

Email:

Research Interests

The lab's programmatic line of research focuses on developmental models of risk for child and adolescent problem behavior. That is, we are interested in the etiology and developmental progression of child and adolescent problem behavior - aggression, delinquency and substance use in particular. Consistent with social learning theory, which posits that behavior is learned and further exacerbated through socialization processes (i.e., modeling, conditioning, and reinforcement), our research has and will continue to examine the unique and interactive impact of environmental context (e.g., neighborhood, parents, and peers) and child characteristics (e.g., genetics, temperament) on the developmental progression of child and adolescent problem behavior.

  • Aggression
  • Delinquency
  • Substance use

Teaching Interests

  • Antisocial youth
  • Developmental psychology
  • Intellectual assessment and academic achievement

Professional Service

Treasurer (Elected)                                                                                                  2018-2020
Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37 of APA)

Member of Science Committee                                                                           2017 - present
Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology (Division 53 of APA)

Co-Chair of National Conference in Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology                2006
Sponsored by Division 53

Member-at-Large for Early Career Psychologists (Elected)                                   2014 - 2016
Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37 of APA)

Chair, Early Career Psychologist Committee                                                         2014 - 2016
Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice (Division 37 of APA)

Member of ICD 11 Disruptive Behavior Disorders Task Group                          2013 - present World Health Organization

Lab

Honors

Dean’s Professor, 2018 – present
Docking Scholar, 2017-2018
Byron A. Alexander Graduate Mentor Award, 2016
Division 37 American Psychological Association Fellow, 2015
KU Steeples Award for Research and Teaching providing Service to Kansans, 2015
KU K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award, 2015
McNair Scholars Program Award for Outstanding Mentorship, 2015
American Psychological Foundation Division 37 Diane J. Willis Early Career Award, 2014
University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Travel Award, 2014
KU K. Barbara Schowen Undergraduate Research Mentor Award Honorable Mention, 2013
Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology top 10 most cited article in 5 years, 2013
University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Travel Award, 2013
University of Kansas College of Liberal Arts and Sciences Travel Award, 2011
University of Tennessee Dept. of Psychology Graduate Teaching and Research Award, 2011
University of Tennessee International Travel Award, 2010
Top 5 downloaded article in Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 2008

Recent Publications

Brown, S., Fite, P. J., *Stone, K. S., *Richey, A., & Bortolato, M. (in press). Associations between emotional abuse and neglect and dimensions of alexithymia: The moderating role of sex. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.

Evans, S. C. & Fite, P. J. (in press). Dual Pathways from Reactive Aggression to Depressive Symptoms in Children: Further Examination of the Failure Model. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology.

Fite, P. J., Cushing, C. C., *Poquiz, J., & *Frazer, A. (in press). Family Influences on the Use of E-Cigarettes. Journal of Substance Use.

Fite, P. J., *Pederson, C. A., & *DiPierro, M. (in press). Individual Risk Factors Associated with Increased Levels of Restricted Housing among Detained Youth. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth.

Frazer, A. L., *Cooley, J. L., Fite, P. J., & *Poquiz, J. (in press). Anger inhibition moderates the link between parental psychological control and peer victimization. Merrill-Palmer Quarterly.

Hartin, S. N., Hossain, W. A., Manzardo, A. M., *Brown, S., Fite, P. J., Bortolato, M., Butler, M. G. (in press). A descriptive study on selected growth parameters and growth hormone receptor gene in healthy young adults from the American Midwest. Growth Hormone & IGF Research.

King, Y., Fite, P. J., & *Poquiz, J. (in press) Impact of neighborhood safety on the association between parental knowledge and delinquency. Journal of Child and Family Studies.

McRae, E., Stoppelbein, L., Fite, P. J., O’Kelley, S. E. (in press). Predicting Internalizing and Externalizing Symptoms in Children with ASD: Evaluation of a Contextual Model of Parental Factors. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders.

Pederson, C., Fite, P. J., & Bortolato, M. (in press). The role of functions of aggression in associations between behavioral inhibition and activation and mental health outcomes. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.

Poquiz, J., & Fite, P. J. (in press). Community violence exposure, conduct problems, and oppositional behaviors among Latino adolescents: The moderating role of academic performance. Child and Youth Care Forum.