Thomas Ollendick

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University Distinguished Professor Emeritus of Psychology
Office Address
Child Study Center
460 Turner Street
Suite 207
Blacksburg, VA 24060
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Research Center/Lab
Curriculum Vitae
Short Bio
I was born in rural Nebraska and reared on the family farm. The fourth of seven children, I am married, the father of two grown daughters, and the grandfather of six. My family has always come first in my life. My wife, Mary, and I are fortunate to be in good health and to be able to travel throughout the world and to spend summer and winter vacations with our children and their families.

In addition to traveling with my family, my personal interests include gardening, photography, archeology, and cycling.

My students constitute an extended family. I maintain contact with many of them, enjoy learning about their personal and professional accomplishments, and continue to collaborate with them following graduation from VT.

2021-present University Distinguihed Professor Emeritus
1999-2021 University Distinguished Professor and Director Child Study Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
1996-1999 Professor and Director Child Study Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
1996-1997 Sabbatical Leave, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
1988-1989 Sabbatical Leave, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, London, UK
1984-1996, Professor and Director of Clinical Training, Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
1980-1984 Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
1978-1979 Sabbatical Leave, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
1972-1979 Assistant to Associate Professor, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
1971-1972 Postdoctoral Fellow in Clinical Child Psychology, Institute for Training and Research, Devereux Foundation, Devon, Pennsylvania
1967-1971 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
1963-1967 B.S. Psychology, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa

My research and professional interests center upon clinical child and adolescent psychology, developmental psychopathology, cognitive behavior therapy, and social cognitive learning theory.

Select Publications
  • Essau, C. A., Leblanc, S., & Ollendick, T. H. (Eds.) (2017). Emotion regulation and psychopathology in children and adolescents. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ollendick, T. H., White, S. W., & White, B.A. (2018). The Oxford Handbook of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Farrell, L., Ollendick, T. H., & Muris, P. (Eds.) (2019). Innovations in CBT treatment for childhood anxiety, OCD, and PTSD. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press.
  • Whiteside, S. P. H., Ollendick, T. H., & Biggs, B. K. (2020). Exposure therapy for child and adolescent anxiety and OCD. Oxford: Oxford University Press.
  • Ollendick, T.H., Öst, L-G., & Farrell, L. J. (2018). Innovations in the psychosocial treatment of youth with anxiety disorders: Implications for a stepped care approach. Evidence-Based Mental Health, 21, 112-115.
  • Ollendick, T. H., Ryan, S. M., Capriola-Hall, N. N., Fraire, M. G, & Austin, K. E. (2018). Have phobias, will travel: Addressing one barrier to the delivery of an evidence-based treatment. Behavior Therapy, 49, 594-603. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2017.11.003
  • Ollendick, T.H., White, S.W., Richey, J.A., Kim-Spoon, J., Ryan, S.M., ... & Smith, M. (2019). Attention bias modification treatment for adolescents with Social Anxiety Disorder. Behavior Therapy, 50, 126-139. doi: 10.1016/j.beth.2018.04.002
  • Carlton, C. N., Sullivan-Toole, H., Strege, M.V., Ollendick, T. H., & Richey, J. A. (2020). Mindfulness-based interventions for adolescent social anxiety: A unique convergence of factors. Frontiers in Psychology, 11:1783. doi: 10.3389/fpsyg.2020.01783 .
  • Lewis, K. M., El Rafihi-Ferreira, R., Freitag, G. F., Coffman, M, & Ollendick, T. H. (2021). A 25-year review of nighttime fears in children: Past, present, and future. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 24, 391- 413.
  • Schleider, J.L., Dobias, M.L., Mullarkey, M.C., & Ollendick, T. (2021). Retiring, rethinking, and reconstructing the norm of once-weekly psychotherapy. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 48, 4–8.
  • Canavera, K, Ollendick, T.H., Farrell, L.J., & Whiteside, S.P. (2022). A five-day intensive treatment for pediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder: A multiple baseline design pilot study. Evidence-Based Practice in Child & Adolescent Mental Health. DOI: 10.1080/23794925.2022.2034553
  • Carlton, C. N., Garcia, K., Richey, J. M., & Ollendick, T. H. (2022). Screening for adolescent social anxiety: Psychometric properties of the severity measure for social anxiety disorder. Child Psychiatry & Human Development, 53, 237-243.