University of Vermont

The College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychological Science

Christina Colletti

Behavior Therapy and Psychotherapy Center

Christina Colletti

Christina Colletti
Post-Doctoral Clinician

  • B.A. Hamilton College, 2000
  • M.S. Oklahoma State University, 2005
  • Ph.D. University of Vermont, 2010
  • C.V. (PDF)
Phone: (802) 656-2661
Room: 135

Website: Behavior Therapy & Psychotherapy Center


My clinical work primarily involves treating preschool- and school-age children with behavioral (e.g., disruptive behavior disorder, oppositional defiant disorder, attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder) and emotional (e.g., anxiety, depression) problems. I use developmental, cognitive-behavioral, and social learning frameworks to guide treatment and employ evidence-based interventions whenever possible. When treating behavior problems, I collaborate with parents to apply behavioral principles to child problems and consult with schools as needed to address difficulties in the school setting. When treating emotional problems, I work closely with parents and children together. Education is a large component of all of the treatments I provide, as they are designed to be skills-based and short-term.

Representative Publications

  • Compas, B. E., Forehand, R., Thigpen, J. C., Keller, G., Hardcastle, E. J., Cole, D. A., Potts, J., Watson, K. H., Rakow, A., Colletti, C. J. M., Reeslund, K., Fear, J., Garai, E., McKee, L., Merchant, M. J., & Roberts, L. (2011). Family Group Cognitive-Behavioral Preventive Intervention for Families of Depressed Parents: 18- and 24-Month Outcomes. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 488-499.
  • Colletti, C. J. M., Forehand, R., Garai, E., Mckee, L., Potts, J., Haker, K., Champion, J., & Compas, B. (2010). Associations of parent-child anxious and depressive symptoms when a caregiver has a history of depression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 19, 762-770.
  • Colletti, C. J. M., Forehand, R. L., Garai, E. P., Rakow, A., McKee, L., Fear, J. M., & Compas, B. E. (2009). Parent depression and child anxiety: An overview of the literature with clinical implications. Child and Youth Care Forum, 38, 151-160.
  • Garai, E. P., Colletti, C. J. M., Reeslund, K. L., Potts, J., Compas, B. E., & Forehand, R. L. (2009). The relation of maternal sensitivity to children's internalizing and externalizing problems within the context of maternal depressive symptoms. Behavior Modification, 33, 559-582.
  • Compas, B. E., Forehand, R. L., Keller, G., Champion, J. E., Rakow, A., Reeslund, K. L., McKee, L., Fear, J. M., Colletti, C. J. M., Hardcastle, E., Merchant, M. J., Roberts, L., Potts, J., Garai, E., Coffelt, N., Roland, E., & Cole, D. A. (2009). Randomized controlled trial of a family cognitive-behavioral preventive intervention for children of depressed parents. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 1007-1020.
  • Jones, D. J., Forehand, R., Rakow, A., Colletti, C. J. M., McKee, L., & Zalot, A. (2008). The specificity of maternal parenting behavior and child adjustment difficulties: A study of inner-city African American families. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 181-192.
  • McKee, L., Colletti, C. J. M., Rakow, A., Jones, D. J., & Forehand, R. L. (2008). Parenting and child externalizing behaviors: Are the associations specific or diffuse? Aggression and Violent Behavior, 13, 201-215.

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