Alyson Gerdes, Ph.D.

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Alyson Gerdes, Ph.D.Marquette University

Cramer Hall, 328C

MilwaukeeWI53201United States of America
(414) 288-6145

Professor

Psychology

Research Lab: Wellness Lab

Dr. Gerdes will be reviewing applications for students applying to the clinical PhD program in Fall 2022. She is interested in research-oriented students who would like to contribute to her new program of research examining student wellness. She is particularly interested in students who would like assist in adapting a student wellness program for middle school and high school students.

Education

Ph.D., Purdue University, 2004

Courses Taught

Dr. Gerdes’ primary teaching interests include psychopathology, psychotherapy, and clinical supervision. At the graduate level, she teaches cognitive-behavioral therapy and clinical supervision courses. At the undergraduate level, she teaches child psychopathology and evidence-based mental health treatment courses.

Clinical Work

Dr. Gerdes enjoys working with children, teens, and adults with a range of presenting concerns at LifeStance Health 1 day/week.

Research Interests

For 20 years, Dr. Gerdes’ clinical and research interests centered around childhood ADHD and Latino mental health disparities. Her research involved both basic and applied work that served to inform and guide clinicians when treating childhood ADHD. Primary research interests included examining evidence-based assessment and treatment of childhood ADHD, culturally-appropriate clinical practices and Latino mental health disparities, and parent-child and peer relationships of youth with ADHD.

More recently, Dr. Gerdes shifted her research interests to focus on wellness and helping students learn ways to enhance and maintain their personal wellness. In addition to refining a wellness program that she developed for undergraduate and graduate students with a colleague, she also is working to adapt this program to be delivered to middle school and high school students in local schools.

Recent Publications (2011-Present)

* Current or former graduate student 
^ Current or former undergraduate student

  • *Futch, W., Gordon, N., & Gerdes, A. C. (in progress). Student wellness: Interest and program ideas and pilot of student wellness program.
  • *Schiltz, H. K., *McVey, A. J., *Gonring, K., Haendel, A., *Murphy, C., Van Hecke, A. V., &  Gerdes, A. C. (in press). Examining differences in parenting stress, parental efficacy, and household context among mothers of youth with autism and/or ADHD. Journal of Child and Family Studies.  
  • *Grace, M., *Kapke, T. L., & Gerdes, A. C. (2021). Teachers’ impact on psychosocial treatment for Latinx youth with ADHD. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 43, 225-257.
  • Gerdes, A. C., *Malkoff, A., *Kapke, T. L., & *Grace, M. (2021). Parental ADHD knowledge in Latinx families: Gender differences and treatment effects. Journal of Attention Disorders, 25, 1955-1961.
  • Gerdes, A. C., *Kapke, T. L., *Grace, M., & Castro, A. (2021). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary outcomes of a culturally-adapted evidence-based treatment for Latino youth with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 25, 432-447.
  • *Grace, M., *Kapke, T. L., Castro, A., & Gerdes, A. C. (2020). Incremental clinical utility of ADHD assessment measures with Latino families. Journal of Attention Disorders, 24, 2030-2041.
  • *Malkoff, A., *Grace, M., *Kapke, T. L., & Gerdes, A. C. (2020). Parenting/family functioning in Latino families of children with ADHD: The role of parental gender and acculturation. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 29, 1108-1122.
  • *Kapke, T. L., *Grace, M., Castro, A., & Gerdes, A. C. (2019). Examining Latino family participation in treatment for childhood ADHD: The role of parental cultural factors and perceptions. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 41, 84-109. 
  • *Grace, M., & Gerdes, A. C. (2019). Parent-teacher relationships and parental involvement in education in Latino families. Contemporary School Psychology, 23, 444-454.
  • *Haack, L. M., *Gonring (Weinberger), K., Harris, M., Gerdes, A. C., & Pfiffner, L.  (2019). Assessing impairment in childhood ADHD: Validation of the parent and teacher ADHD-FX rating scale in a dual site clinical sample.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 23, 541-552.
  • *Gardner, D. M., Gerdes, A. C., & *Weinberger, K. (2019). Examination of a parent-assisted, friendship-building program for adolescents with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 23, 363-373.
  • *Weinberger, K., *Gardner, D. M., & Gerdes, A. C. (2018). Maternal functioning differences based on ADHD subtype. Journal of Attention Disorders, 22, 1218-1223.
  • *Lawton, K. E., Gerdes, A. C., & *Kapke, T. L. (2018). The Role of acculturation differences and acculturation conflict in Latino family mental health. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 6, 94-114.
  • *Kapke, T. L., Gerdes, A. C., & *Lawton, K. E. (2017). Global self-worth in Latino youth: The role of acculturation and acculturation risk factors. Child and Youth Care Forum, 46, 307-333.
  • *Haack, L. M., & Gerdes, A. C. (2017). Culturally appropriate assessment of functional impairment in diverse children: Validation of the ADHD-FX Scale with an at-risk, community sample. Journal of Attention Disorders, 21, 913-920.
  • *Weinberger, K. A., Gerdes, A. C., & *Gardner, D. M. (2017). Program for the education and enrichment of relationship skills: Parental outcomes with an ADHD sample.  Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 1, 19-42.
  • *Kapke, T. L., *Grace, M., Gerdes, A. C., & *Lawton, K. E. (2017). Latino early adolescent mental health: Examining the impact of family functioning, familism and global self-worth. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 5, 27-44.
  • *Lawton, K. E., *Kapke, T. L., & Gerdes, A. C. (2016). Understanding parental locus of control in Latino parents: Examination of cultural influences and help-seeking intentions. Cultural Diversity and Ethnic Minority Psychology, 22, 288-298.
  • *Haack, L. M., *Kapke, T. L., & Gerdes, A. C. (2016). Rates, associations, and predictors of psychopathology in a convenience sample of school-aged Latino youth: Identifying areas for mental health outreach. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 7, 2315-2326.
  • *Kapke, T. L., & Gerdes, A. C. (2016). Latino family participation in youth mental health services: Treatment retention, engagement, and response. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 19, 329-351.
  • *Haack, L. M., Gerdes, A. C., *Lawton, K. E, & *Schneider, B.W.  (2016). Understanding and measuring functional impairment in diverse children with ADHD: Development of the ADHD-FX scale with an-risk, community sample. Journal of Attention Disorders, 20, 487-500.
  • *Gardner, D. M., & Gerdes, A. C. (2015). A review of peer relationships and friendships in youth with ADHD. Journal of Attention Disorders, 19, 844-855. 
  • Gerdes, A. C., *Kapke, T. L., *Lawton K. E., *^Grace, M., & Dieguez Hurtado, G. (2015). Culturally adapting parent training for Latino youth with ADHD: Development and pilot. Journal of Latina/o Psychology, 3, 71-87.
  • *Lawton, K. E., & Gerdes, A. C. (2014). Acculturation and Latino adolescent mental health: Integration of individual, environmental, and family influences. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 17, 385-398.
  • Gerdes, A. C., *Lawton, K. E., *Haack, L. M., & *Schneider, B. W. (2014). Latino parental help seeking for childhood ADHD. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 41, 503-513. 
  • *Lawton, K. E., Gerdes, A. C., *Haack, L. M., & *Schneider, B. W. (2014). Acculturation, cultural values, and Latino parental beliefs about the etiology of ADHD. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research, 41, 189-204.
  • *Haack, L. M., Gerdes, A. C., & *Lawton, K. E. (2014). Conducting psychological research with Latino children: Strategies to improve recruitment and satisfaction with an at-risk and underserved population. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 23, 410-421.
  • *Schneider, B. W., Gerdes, A. C., *Haack, L. M., & *Lawton, K. E.  (2013). Predicting treatment dropout in parent training interventions for families of school-aged children with ADHD. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 35, 144-169.
  • Gerdes, A. C., *Lawton, K. E., *Haack, L. M., & Hurtado, G. D. (2013). Assessing ADHD in Latino families: Evidence for moving beyond symptomatology. Journal of Attention Disorders, 17, 128-140.
  • Mrug, S., Molina, B. S. G., Hoza, B. Gerdes, A. C., Hinshaw, S. P., Hechtman, L. & Arnold, L. E.  (2012). Peer rejection and friendships in children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder: Contributions to long-term outcomes. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 1013-1026.
  • *Haack, L. M., Gerdes, A. C., ^Cruz, B., & *Schneider, B. W.  (2012). Culturally-modified recruitment strategies for Latino families in clinical child research: A critical first step. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21, 177-183.
  • Gerdes, A. C., *Haack, L. M., & *Schneider, B. W.  (2012). Parental functioning in families of children with ADHD:  Evidence for behavioral parent training and importance of clinical meaningfulness. Journal of Attention Disorders, 16, 147-156. 
  • *Haack, L. M., & Gerdes, A. C.  (2011). Functional impairment in Latino children with ADHD:  Implications for culturally-appropriate conceptualization and measurement. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 14, 318-328. 
  • *Haack, L. M., Gerdes, A. C., *Schneider, B. W., & Dieguez Hurtado, G. (2011). Advancing our knowledge of ADHD in Latino children: Psychometric and cultural properties of Spanish-versions of parental/family functioning measures. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 33-43.

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