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Chris Elledge

Chris ElledgeChris Elledge, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Ph.D., University of Arkansas (2010)
M.A., Florida Atlantic University (2005)
B.S., Furman University (2002)

Phone: (865) 974-1958

Key words: child aggression, bullying, peer victimization, peer relationships, school-based mentoring, parenting, child adjustment, prevention

Research Interests

Etiology and prevention of child aggression and bullying; Interventions for chronically bullied children; youth mentoring as a form of selective prevention; parent-child, sibling, and peer relationships of children at risk for socio-emotional dysfunction.

Research Statement

Dr. Elledge's program of research focuses on understanding how aspects of children's relationships with parents, siblings, and peers lead to, sustain, or exacerbate dysfunctional behavior in youth. He has particular interest in identifying relationship characteristics and interpersonal processes that confer developmental risk or protection for aggressive and bullied children and developing preventative intervention strategies that effectively enhance these children's social contexts and interpersonal relationships toward reducing later dysfunction. His recent work has focused on the application of school-based mentoring as a form of selective prevention for aggressive and bullied children.

F31AA026489-01A1 (PI Brem)
Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Extending a Conceptual Model of Alcohol-Related Violence to Cyber Dating Violence using a Daily Diary Design with College Students
Role: Co-sponsor


F31AA024685-01 (PI Clevenger) 
Agency: National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism
Proximal associations of alcohol use with suicidal ideation and attempts
Role: Co-sponsor


F32HD066833-01 (PI Elledge)
Agency: Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development
A Randomized Trial of a School-based Mentoring Program for Aggressive Children.
Role: PI


NIH Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award
Approved for funding by NICHD

NIH Clinical Loan Repayment Program Award Renewal


McClain, C. M., *Younginer, T., & Elledge, L. C. (in press). Social risk and internalizing distress in middle childhood: The moderating role of emotion regulation processes. Journal of Child and Family Studies

*McClain, C. M., Bolden, J., & Elledge, L. C., (in press). Use of the C.A.T. Project for a Socially Anxious Teenager: Lessons Learned from Manual Modification. Clinical Case Studies.

Elledge, L. C., Smith, D. E., Kilpatrick, C. T., McClain, C. M., & Moore, T. M. (2018). The associations between bullying victimization and internalizing distress, suicidality, and substance use in Jamaican adolescents: The moderating role of parental psychological control. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 00, 000-000.

Wolford-Clevenger, C., Kuhlman, S., Elledge, L. C., Smith, P. N., & Stuart, G. L. (2018). A preliminary validation of the Suicidal Behavior Exposure Scale. Psychology of Violence, 00, 000-000.

Manring, S., Elledge, L. C., Swails, L., & Vernberg, E. M. (2017) Functions of Aggression and Peer Victimization in Elementary School Children: The Mediating Role of Social Preference. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 46, 795-809. doi: 10.1007/s10802-017-0328-z

Lookatch, S. J., Elledge, L. C., Shorey, R. C., Anderson, S., Stuart, G. L. & Moore, T. M. (2017). Cognitive and Psychological Changes during 28-Day Residential Substance Use Treatment. Addictions Research and Theory. doi: 10.1080/16066359.2017.1281408

Pollock, B., Macfie, J., & Elledge, L. C. (2016). Evidence for Phase-Based Psychotherapy as a Treatment for Dissociative Identity Disorder Co-Morbid with Major Depressive Disorder and Alcohol Dependence. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation. doi:10.1080/15299732.2016.1241853

Craig, J. T., Gregus, S., Elledge, L. C., Pastrana, F., & Cavell, T. C. (2016). Preliminary investigation of the relation between lunchroom peer acceptance and peer victimization. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 43, 101-111.

Elledge, L. C., Elledge, A. R., Newgent, R. A., & Cavell, T. A. (2015). Social risk and peer victimization in elementary school children: The protective role of teacher-student relationships. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44, 691-703. doi: 10.1007/s10802-015-0074-z

Faith, M. A., Elledge, L. C., Parsons, C. L., Cavell, T. A., & Newgent, R. A. (2015). Conflict and dominance across settings: Relations between sibling conflict, sibling dominance, and peer victimization. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24 (12), 3623-3635. doi: 10.1007/s10826-015-0171-1

Pryce, J., Giovannetti, S., Spencer, R., Elledge, L. C., Gowdy, G., *Whitley, M. L., & Cavell, T. A. (2015). Mentoring in the social context: Mentors’ experiences with mentees’ peers in a site-based program. Children and Youth Services Review, 56, 185-192. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2015.06.015

Williford, A., Elledge, L. C., Boulton, A. J., DePaolis, K. J., Little, T. D., & Salmivalli, C. (2013). Effects of the KiVa antibullying program on the frequency of cyberbullying and cybervictimization among Finnish youth. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 42, 820-833. doi:10.1080/15374416.2013.787623

Cavell, T. C. & Elledge, L. C. (2013). Mentoring and prevention science. In D. Dubois & M. Karcher (Eds.), Handbook of Youth Mentoring, 2nd edition (pp. 29-43). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications.

Elledge, L. C., Williford, A., Boulton, A. J., DePaolis, K. J., Little, T. D., & Salmivalli, C. (2013). Individual and contextual predictors of cyberbullying: The influence of children’s provictim attitudes and teachers’ ability to intervene. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 42, 698-710. doi: 10.1007/s10964-013-9920-x

Luebbe, A. M., Elledge, L. C., Kiel, E. J., & Stoppelbein, L. (2012). Cortisol predict behavioral dysregulation and length of stay among children admitted for psychiatric inpatient treatment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 41, 227-238. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2012.652000

Fite, P. J., Stoppelbein, L., Gaertner, A. E., Greening, L., & Elledge, L. C. (2011). Further evaluation of the forms and functions of aggression measure within a child inpatient population. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 28, 1-16.

Elledge, L. C., Cavell, T. A., Ogle, N., Malcolm, K. T., Newgent, R. A., & Faith, M. A. (2010). History of peer victimization and children’s response to school-bullying. School Psychology Quarterly. 25, 129-141. doi:10.1037/a0020313

Elledge, L. C., Cavell, T. A., Newgent, R. A., & Ogle, N. T. (2010). School-based mentoring as selective prevention for bullied children: A preliminary test. Journal of Primary Prevention. 31(3), 171-187.

Cavell, T. A., Elledge, L. C., Malcolm, K. T., Faith, M. A., & Hughes, J. N. (2009). Relationship quality and the mentoring of aggressive, high-risk children. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38(2), 185-198.

Cavell, T. A., & Elledge, L. C. (2007). Parenting aggressive children. In. J. Briesmeister and C. Schaefer (Eds.), Handbook of Parent Training, 3rd edition (pp. 379-423). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons.

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