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Vicky  Phares

Vicky Phares

Vicky Phares


Office: PCD 4125
Phone: 813/974-0493



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.

Specialty Area


Current Courses

RefCourseSecCourse TitleCRDayTimeLocation
81861PSY 4913031Directed Study
Permit Required, S-U Only

TBA 100

93753CLP 4941002Community Practicum Mental Hlt
For More Information


PCD 1147

94396IDS 4942005Community Internship For More Information

TBA 100

83939PSY 4970010Honors Thesis
Must be accepted into PSY Honors Program

TBA 100

85075PSY 6917021Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.

TBA 100

84900PSY 6946009Clinical Practicum
Majors Only. S/U only.

TBA 100

84881PSY 6971024Thesis: Master's
Majors Only

TBA 100

84968PSY 7918026Directed Research
Majors Only. S/U only.

TBA 100

84893PSY 7980025Dissertation: Doctoral
Adm to Doc Candidacy Required. Majors Only.

TBA 100

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. (In press). Aggressive behavior in adolescence: Links with self-esteem and parental emotional availability. Social Development.

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