Associate Professor

Research and/or Creative Works

My research is focused on factors that are associated with developing serious emotional and behavioral problems in childhood and adolescence from a developmental psychopathology perspective. In particular, I am interested in factors that put children at risk for antisocial and aggressive behavior. My research is aimed at increased understanding of how these problems develop and in applying this knowledge to improve assessment, prevention, and treatment of the problems. I also have interests in program evaluation and research methodology. Among the projects currently active in my lab are:

  • a study examining how a callous unemotional traits affect the development and expression of conscience in juvenile offenders and community control youth.
  • a study examining the association between aggression and heightened emotional arousal among female juvenile offenders. We are particularly interested in how the many interacting causal factors leading to antisocial behavior may be different for girls than for boys. This study examines some hypotheses about those gender differences.
  • a study examining whether an intervention improves fear recognition and empathy among juvenile offenders with callous unemotional traits.
  • a study examining links among trauma, psychopathic traits, and substance use among youth.
  • several projects related to measurement and research methodology, including evaluation of a study of a jail diversion project for justice system involved individuals with history of trauma, mental health, and/or substance use problems.

Stickle Laboratory

Research is focused on vulnerability factors that are associated with developing serious emotional and behavioral problems in childhood and adolescence from a developmental psychopathology perspective. A particular emphasis is on how better understanding of these vulnerability processes can be translated to improvements in assessment, prevention, and treatment.


  • Stickle, T.R., Marini, V.A., & Thomas, J.N. (2012). Gender Differences in Psychopathic Traits, Types, and Correlates of Aggression among Adjudicated Youth. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 513-525.
  • Marini, V.A. & Stickle, T.R. (2010). Evidence for Deficits in Reward Processing in Antisocial Youth with Callous-Unemotional Traits. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 1, 218-229.
  • Stickle, T.R., Kirkpatrick, N.M., & Brush, L.N. (2009). Callous Unemotional Traits and Social Information processing: Multiple risk factor models for understanding aggressive behavior in antisocial youth. Law and Human Behavior, 33, 515-529.
  • Stickle, T.R. & Weems, C.F. (2006). Improving Prediction from Clinical Assessment: The Roles of Measurement, Psychometric Theory, and Decision Theory. In R.R. Bootzin & P.E. McKnight. Strengthening Research Methodology: Psychological Measurement and Evaluation. American Psychological Association.
  • Frick, P.J., Stickle, T.R., Dandreaux, D.M., Farrell, J.M., & Kimonis, E.R. (2005). Callous-Unemotional traits in predicting the severity and stability of conduct problems and delinquency. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 33(4), 471-487.
  • Stickle, T.R. & Frick, P.J. (2002). Developmental pathways to severe antisocial behavior: Interventions for youth with callous-unemotional traits. Expert Review of Neurotherapeutics, 2(4), 511-522.
  • Stickle, T.R. & Blechman, E.A. (2002). Aggression and fire: Antisocial behavior in firesetting and nonfiresetting juvenile offenders. Journal of Psychopathology & Behavioral Assessment, 24(3), 177-193.

Associations and Affiliations

Affiliated Faculty, Developmental Psychopathology Concentration

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  • B.S.W. Grand Valley State University, 1978
  • M.A. Antioch University, 1982
  • M.A. University of Arizona, 1997
  • Ph.D. University of Arizona, 2000


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Office Location:

232 Dewey Hall

Office Hours:

By appointment via email