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Vicky  Phares

Vicky Phares

Vicky Phares


Office: PCD 4125
Phone: 813/205-3159



Ph.D. Area: Clinical


My research group has explored a variety of issues related to child, adolescent, and family functioning. In particular, we have been interested in exploring the connections between psychopathology in fathers, mothers, and children. A focus of our work remains on gender in relation to parenting, with particular interest in parenting in relation to anxious youth. Projects include the exploration of fathers’ and mothers’ involvement in therapy, mother-blaming, and racial/ethnic differences and similarities in families. We are in the beginning stages of exploring connections between parents’ and children’s prosocial behavior, with a specific focus on volunteerism.

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Recent Publications

(* student authors)

Phares, V. (2014). Understanding Abnormal Child Psychology (3rd ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons.

Thurston*, I. B., Phares, V., Coates*, E. E., & Bogart, L. M. (2015). Child problem recognition and help-seeking intentions among Black and White parents. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 44, 604-615.

Wu*, M. S., McGuire*, J. F., Martino, C., Phares, V., Selles*, R. R., & Storch, E. A. (2016). A meta-analysis of family accommodation and OCD symptom severity. Clinical Psychology Review, 45, 34-44.

Wu*, M. S., Pinto, A., Horng, B., Phares, V., McGuire*, J. F., Dedrick, R. F., Van Noppen, B., Calvocoressi, L., & Storch, E. A. (2016). Psychometric properties of the Family Accommodation Scale for Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder – Patient Version. Psychological Assessment, 28, 251-262.

Thurston*, I. B., Hardin, R., Decker, K., Arnold, T., Howell, K. H., and Phares, V. (2017). Black and White parents’ willingness to seek help for children’s internalizing and externalizing symptoms. Journal of Clinical Psychology.

Babore, A., Carlucci, L., Cataldi, F., Phares, V., & Trumello, C. (2017). Aggressive behavior in adolescence: Links with self-esteem and parental emotional availability. Social Development, 26, 740-752.

Clay*, D., Coates*, E. E., Tran*, Q., & Phares, V. (2017). Fathers’ and mothers’ emotional accessibility and youth’s developmental outcomes. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 45, 111-122.