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Rebecca L. Vivrette, PhD

Academic Title:

Assistant Professor

Primary Appointment:

Psychiatry

Additional Title:

Associate Director of Clinical Research, Center for Epigenetic Research in Child Health and Brain Development

Location:

737 West Lombard Street, 461

Phone (Primary):

410-706-6636

Education and Training

2005              B.A., Psychology, University of Southern California

2007              M.A., Psychology, Pepperdine University

2014              Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, California School of Professional Psychology

2014              APA Accredited Predoctoral Internship, VAMHCS/UMB

2015              Postdoctoral Fellowship, University of Maryland School of Medicine

 

Biosketch

Rebecca Vivrette, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. Dr. Vivrette is a licensed clinical psychologist with expertise in psychological assessment and trauma-focused interventions for children and families. She has been trained in numerous evidence-based practices, including Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy and Child-Parent Psychotherapy. Dr. Vivrette has extensive experience providing education, training, consultation, and mental health services to community-based agencies and early childcare settings. Dr. Vivrette also has a strong interest in perinatal traumatic stress and substance use.

Dr. Vivrette is an accomplished researcher for multiple federally-funded grants, primarily focused on parent-child relationships, early childhood development, and traumatic stress in families. She is an Associate Director of Clinical Research at the Center for Epigentic Research on Child Health and Brain Development. She is an evaluator for the Family Informed Trauma Treatment (FITT) Center, a Category II Center within the National Child Traumatic Stress Network, funded by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). Prior to joing UMSOM, Dr. Vivrette served as a Research Associate for the National Center for Child Traumatic Stress at UCLA, where she helped to manage data analyses and dissemination of research findings from a national dataset of over 14,000 clinic-referred youth. Dr. Vivrette has published in numerous peer-reviewed journals and presents locally and nationally at professional conferences. She is the co-developer of the UCLA PTSD Reaction Index for DSM-5 for Children Age 6 and Younger. 

In addition to her clinical and research activities, Dr. Vivrette also provides training, education, and clinical supervision for the Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry. She serves on the teaching faculty at the Taghi Modarressi Center for Infant Study (CIS) and the Child Trauma Disorders Clinic at the University of Maryland Medical Center, and provides guest lectures and clinical consultation to other UMB departments and community agencies. Dr. Vivrette is the Assessment Co-Coordinator for the VAMHCS/UMB Psychology Internship Consortium. She serves on numerous committees and coalitions aimed at improving the lives of children and families.

Research/Clinical Keywords

early childhood, parenting, trauma, mental health, development, perinatal

Highlighted Publications

Beyerlein, B. A., Briggs, E. C., Vivrette, R. L., Theodore, P., & Lee, R. (2018). Examination of Child Placement, Emotional, Behavioral and Attachment Problems Among Children with Caregiver-Perpetrated Trauma Histories. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1-11.

Vivrette, R. L., Briggs, E. C., Lee, Robert C., Kenney, K., Houston-Armstrong, T., Kiser, L. J., & Pynoos, R. S. (2016). Trauma exposure and psychosocial functioning among youth of primary caregivers with mental illness and alcohol/substance abuse problems. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, 9(2). https://doi.org/10.1007/s40653-016-0105-0.

Pynoos, R. S., Steinberg, A. M., Layne, C. M., Liang, L., Vivrette, R. L. Kisiel, C., Habib, M., Briggs, E. C., & Belin, T. (2014). The NCTSN Trauma History Profile: Diagnostic, clinical, and research issues. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6(Supp 1), S9-17 

Greeson, J. K. P., Briggs, E. C., Layne, C. M., Belcher, H. M. E., Ostrowski, S. A., Kim, S., Lee, R. C., Vivrette, R. L., Pynoos, R. S., & Fairbank, J. A. (2014). Traumatic childhood experiences in the 21st century: Broadening and building on the ACE studies with data from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(3), 536-56 

Kiser, L. J., Stover, C. S., Navalta, C. P., Dorado, J., Vogel, J. M., Abdul-Adil, J. K., Kim, S., Lee., R., & Vivrette, R. L. (2014). Effects of the child-perpetrator relationship on mental health outcomes of child abuse: It's (not) all relative. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(6), 1083-93 

Kisiel, C., Fehrenbach, T., McClelland, G., Spinazzola, J., Stolbach, B., Liang, L., Maj, N., Steinberg, A. M., & Vivrette, R. L. (2014). Examining child sexual abuse in relation to complex patterns of trauma exposure: Findings from the National Child Traumatic Stress Network. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6,(Supp 1), S29-39. 

Steinberg, A. M., Pynoos, R. S., Layne, C. M., Gerrity, E., Briggs, E. C., Vivrette, R. L., Beyerlein, B., & Fairbank, J. A. (2014). The NCTSN Core Data Set: Emerging findings, future directions, and implications for theory, research, practice, and policy. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6(Supp 1), S50-57. 

Layne, C. M., Greeson, J. K. P., Ostrowski, S. A., Kim, S., Reading, S., Vivrette, R. L., Briggs, E. C., & Fairbank, J. A. (2014). Links between trauma exposure and high risk adolescent behavior: Findings from the NCTSN Core Data Set. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 6(Supp 1), S40-49. 

Research Interests

Trauma exposure and traumatic stress in children and families, early childhood mental health and development, periantal mental health and substance use, psychosocial support in the NICU, integrated care in medical homes

Clinical Specialty Details

Developmental and psychological testing, trauma-focused assessment and interventions, parent-child therapy, infant and early childhood mental health, mental health consultation, community-based interventions

Grants and Contracts

Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center, National Child Traumatic Stress Network

PI: Laurel Kiser, PhD 

Title/Role: Co-Investigator, Evaluator 

Funding Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

Effective Dates: 10/1/16-9/30/21 

 

Promoting Student Resilience 

PI: Baltimore City Public Schools 

Evaluation PI: Nancy Lever, PhD; Elizabeth Connors, PhD 

Title/Role: Evaluator, Co-Investigator, Evaluator 

Funding Agency: U.S. Department of Education 

Effective Dates: 10/1/16-9/30/18

 

Physiological Co-Regulation of Stress Between Maternal Caregivers and their Children: A Translational Science Pilot Study 

PIs: Laurel Kiser, PhD; Diana Fishbein, PhD 

Title/Role: Co-Investigator 

Funding Agency: University of Maryland Department of Psychiatry 

Effective Dates: 3/1/15-9/1/16 

 

Family Informed Trauma Treatment Center, National Child Traumatic Stress Network (Category II) 

PI: Laurel Kiser, PhD 

Title/Role: Evaluator 

Funding Agency: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration 

Effective Dates: 10/1/12-9/30/16 

 

The Interprofessional Training Program in Schools, Military and Recovering from Trauma 

PI: Nancy Lever, Ph.D. 

Title/Role: Senior Evaluator 

Funding Agency: Health Resources and Services Administration 

Effective Dates: 7/1/13-6/30/16 

 

Evaluation for Project LAUNCH: Linking Actions for Unmet Needs in Children’s Health 

PI: David Pruitt, MD 

Title/Role: Co-Investigator, Senior Evaluator 

Funding Agency: Maryland Department of Health and Mental Hygiene 

Effective Dates: 9/1/14-8/30/15 

 

Baltimore Maternal Mental Health Needs Assessment 

PI: Laurel J. Kiser, PhD 

Title/Role: Project Director 

Funding Agency: Annie E. Casey Foundation 

Effective Dates: 12/1/13-5/31/15