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Dr. Hambrick is a native of Georgetown, KY.  She values family, humor, and fulfilling work.  She received her BA in Psychology from Furman University, her MA in Clinical Psychology from Western Carolina University, and her PhD in Clinical Child Psychology from the University of Kansas.  Her doctoral internship was at Children's Hospital Colorado, with a focus on Pediatric Health Psychology.


Dr. Hambrick's two-year postdoctoral fellowship was through the Developmental Psychobiology Research Group at the University of Colorado School of Medicine.  On this fellowship, she worked at both the Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect and the Graduate School of Social Work at the University of Denver. 

Now, she is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology and Counseling at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.  She is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Child and Family Studies. Her research is broadly focused on children exposed to adversity. She is the director of lab PANDA and is available to answer questions about the lab's current projects, and how to get involved.

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Selected Media Appearances: 

BBC WORLD news Tv channel Interview on mental health effects of earthquakes in Syria and Turkey with Rudabah Abbass (February 10, 2023)

Key narrator in the documentary “Becoming Trauma Responsive” (2021) by the Kansas State University Catalyst Center, Department of Education, Produced by Rusty Earl

Trauma and traumatic memory consultant through the National Academy of Sciences Science and Entertainment Exchange for the Hulu Series Saint X (2022)

Interview for Shayla Patrick for Fox 4 KC, “Local psychologist discusses effect of border separations on children.” June, 2018


Interview for Sady Doyle with Culture, “Child Trauma Can’t Be Undone Without an Executive Order.”June, 2018


No Wrong Answers and Kansas City Public Radio Podcast #52: The “Keeping Our Schools Safe” Lesson. March 27, 2018.


Kansas City Public Radio Up To Date: “Keeping Missouri Schools Safe from Shooters.” February 15, 2018.


Kansas City Public Radio Central Standard: “How we talk about mass shootings and children’s safety.” October 9, 2017.


Interview for Mara Rose Williams with The Kansas City Star, “Child Sex Abuse: Things Parents Might want to Know after a Teacher is Charged.” April 20, 2017.

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