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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 Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Missouri - Kansas City.  She also serves as the Research Director for the ChildTrauma Academy, and 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.

Research Gate

Selected Media Appearances: 

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


Dr. Hambrick on Kansas City Public Radio's (KCUR) show Up To Date: "Keeping Missouri Schools Safe from Shooters."

Dr. Hambrick on Kansas City Public Radio’s (KCUR) show Central Standard: “How we talk about mass shootings and children’s safety.” Section begins 28mins in. October 9, 2017.

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