Mary B. Short, Ph.D.
Interim Associate Dean, Professor of Clinical Psychology, and Director of Clinical
College of Human Sciences and Humanities
Mary Short was appointed interim associate dean in June 2022. She is also a professor
of clinical psychology. Dr. Short received her doctorate from Western Michigan University.
She completed her internship training in clinical psychology at Boys' Town in Omaha,
Nebraska and post-doctoral training at University of Texas Medical Branch.
Dr. Short's program of research focuses on pediatric health psychology. Her main focus is on the promotion of health in adolescent and young adults, especially the mechanism by which people engage or do not engage in health behaviors. This research is based on the integration of theories of health behaviors (vaccinations, sexual risk, and mental health). She examines the variables associated with fostering development of healthy behaviors, including parental variables and parental behaviors.
She has experience conducting cognitive and behavioral interventions with adults, teens, and children. Her clinical specialty areas include behavioral parent training interventions for child disruptive behaviors, and child behavior therapy treatment of child and adolescent anxiety and mood disorders.
Dr. Short has had an active research lab for the past 15 years, and she involves both
graduates and undergraduates in her research projects. Further, students publish and
present with Dr. Short on a regular basis. She will be taking doctoral students for
the 2022-2023 academic year.
Areas of Expertise
- Pediatric psychology
- Health behaviors
- Behavioral problems
- Parent training
See Curriculum Vitae
Courses (Current Academic Year)
- Pediatric Psychology
- Cognitive Behavioral Therapy
- Group Psychotherapy