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Mary B. Short, Ph.D.

Professor of Clinical Psychology and Department Chair for Clinical, Health and Applied Sciences,
College of Human Sciences and Humanities

Contact number: 281-283-3324
Office: Bayou 1508.26


Mary Short is a professor of clinical psychology. She 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 the promotion of health in adolescent and young adults. She focuses on understanding the mechanism by which people engage or do not engage in health behaviors. This research is based on the integration of theories of health behavior and developmental models. One of her primary interests is sexual health in adolescents and young adults, with many projects related to decreasing risk behavior, fostering development of healthy behaviors, and examining the role of parents in promoting the health of their children.

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 10 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 2018-2019 academic year.

Curriculum Vitae