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Robert Wahler

Robert WahlerRobert Wahler
Director of the Graduate Program in Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., University of Washington (1962)

Phone: (865) 974-2165

Key words: Children, conduct problems, parenting, marital relationships, parent-child relationships.

Research Interests

Developmental processes in child conduct problems; family psychotherapy; attentional problems in children.

Research statement

We are interested in documenting the social processes within families that lead to conduct problems in children. We are also interested in documenting the impact of psychological intervention on family processes.

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Child and Family Studies
  • Editorial Board, Child Behavior Therapy
  • Psychologist of the Year, Tennessee Psychology Association

Singh, N.N., Lancioni, G.E., Winton, A.S.W., Curtic, W.J., Wahler, R.G., Sabaawi, M., Singh, J., McAleavey, K. (2006).  Mindful staff increase learning and reduce aggression in adults with developmental disabilities.  Research in Developmental Disabilities, 27, 545-558.

Singh, N.N., Lancioni, G.E., Winton, A.S.W., Fisher, B.C., Wahler, R.G., McAleavey, K., Singh, J., Sabaawi, M. (2006).  Mindful parenting decreases aggression, noncompliance, and self-injury in children with autism.  Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 14, 169-177.

Singh, N.N., Singh, S.D., Sabaawi, M., Myers, R.E., Wahler, R.G. (2006).  Enhancing treatment team process through mindfulness-based mentoring in an inpatient psychiatric hospital.  Behavior Modification, 30, 423-441.

Wahler, R. G., & Cerezo, M. A.. (2005) The mothering of conduct problem and normal children in Spain and the USA: Authoritarian and permissive asynchrony. Spanish Journal of Psychology, 8, 205-214.

Vigilante, V. A., & Wahler, R. G. (2005) Covariations between mothers' responsiveness and their use of "do" and "don't" instructions: Implications for child behavior therapy. Behavior Therapy 36, 207-212.

Singh, N. N., Wahler, R. G., Winton, A. S. W., Adkins, A. D., & The Mindfulness Research Group (2004). A mindfulness-based treatment of obsessive-compulsive disorder. Clinical Case Studies, 3, 275-287.

Wahler, R. G., Vigilante, V. A., & Strand, P. S. (2004). Behavioral contrast in a child's generalized oppositional behavior across home and school settings: Mother and teacher as one? Journal of Applied Behavior Analysis, 37, 43-51.

Wahler, R. G. (2004). Direct and indirect reinforcement processes in parent training. Journal of Early and Intensive Behavioral Intervention (Invited Article), 1, 120-128.

Wahler, R. G. (2004). It takes a whole village. [Review of the book Serious emotional disturbance in children and adolescents: Multisystemic therapy]. PsycCritiques, 49 (Suppl. 14).

Herring, M., Wahler, R.G. (2003). Children's compliance at school: The comparative influences of teacher attention and the children's home-based behavior. Behavior and Education 14, 12-24.

Singh, N.N., Wahler, R.G., Adkins, A.D., Myers, R.E., & The Mindfulness Research Group (2003). Soles of the feet: A mindfulness-based self-control intervention for aggression by an individual with mild mental retardation and mental illness. Research in Developmental Disabilities 124, 158-169.

Singh, N.N., Wahler, R.G., Sabaawi, M., Goza, A.B., Singh, S.D., Molina, E.J., & The Mindfulness Research Group (2003). Mentoring treatment teams to integrate behavioral and psychopharmacological treatments in developmental disabilities. Research in Developmental Disabilities 23, 379-389.

Wahler, R.G., Castlebury, F.D. (2002) Personal narratives as maps of the social ecosystem. Clinical Psychology Review 22, 297-314.

Goin, R., Wahler, R.G. (2002) Children's personal narratives and their mothers' responsiveness as covariates of the children's compliance. Journal of Child and Family Studies 10, 439-447.

Wahler, R.G. (2002) How do parents do it? Journal of Child and Family Studies 11, 253-254.

Lambert, E.W., Wahler, R.G., Andrade, A.R., Bickman, L. (2001) Looking for the disorder in conduct disorder. Journal of Abnormal Psychology 110, 110-123.

Wahler, R.G., Herring, M., Edwards, M. (2001) Coregulation of balance between children's prosocial approaches and acts of compliance: A pathway to mother-child cooperation? Journal of Clinical Child Psychology 30, 471-476.

Strand, P., Wahler, R.G., Herring, M. (2001) The impact of behavior-specific and behavior-nonspecific reinforcement on child compliance to mother directives. Behavior Research and Therapy 39, 1085-1097.

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