Teresa L. Kramer, Ph.D.


Professor, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS)
Chief Psychologist, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, UAMS
Associate Professor, Department of Health Behavior and Health Education, Fay W. Boozman College of Public Health, UAMS

Contact Information

UAMS phone: (501) 526-8311
VA phone: (501) 257-1739
Email: KramerTeresaL@uams.edu

Research Expertise

Dr. Kramer is a clinical psychologist with specialized training in child assessment and therapy. Her research has focused on adolescent depression and substance abuse, post-traumatic stress disorder, and mental health outcomes in treatment-seeking populations. She has expertise in forming community partnerships, conducting needs assessments, and monitoring fidelity of community practices. She currently directs a statewide program to improve care for children exposed to trauma and conducts research in this area.

Research Interests: Substance use, rural communities, PTSD, faith-based communities

Recent Publications

Current publications, 2009-2016

  1. Vanderzee, K.L., Pemberton, J.R., Conners-Burrow, N.A., and Kramer, T.L. (in press). Who is advocating for children under six? Uncovering unmet needs in child advocacy centers. Children and Youth Services Review.
  1. Pemberton, J.R., Conners-Burrow, N.A., Sigel, B.A., Stokes, L.D., Sievers, C.M. & Kramer, T.L. (in press). Factors associated with clinician participation in TF-CBT postor-workshop training components. Administration and Policy in Mental Health and Mental Health Services Research.
  1. Cisler, J.M., Sigel, B.A., Kramer, T.L., Smitherman, S., Vanderzee, K., Pemberton, J., & Kilts, C.D. (2015). Amygdala response predicts trajectory of symptom reduction during trauma-focused cognitive-behavioral therapy among adolescent girls with PTSD. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 71, 33-40. doi:10.1016/j.jpsychires.2015.09.011
  1. Curran G., Woo, S.M., Hepner, K.A., Lai, W.P., Kramer, T.L., Drummond, K.L. & Weingardt, K. (2015). Training substance use disorder counselors in cognitive behavioral therapy for depression: Development and initial exploration of an online training program. In progress. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 58, 33-42. doi:10.1016/j.jsat.2015.05.008
  1. Brady, R.E., Constans, J. I., Marx, B. P., Spira, J. L., Gevirtz, R., Kimbrell, T. A., Kramer, T. L., & Pyne, J. M. (2015). Effect of symptom over-reporting on heart rate variability in Veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 16(5). doi: 10.1080/15299732.2015.1021505.
  1. Nanney, J. T., Constans, J. I., Kimbrell, T. A., Kramer, T. L., & Pyne, J. M. (in press). Differentiating between appraisal process and product in cognitive theories of posttraumatic stress. Psychological Trauma Theory Research Practice and Policy, 7(4) 372-381. doi: 10.1037/tra0000011.
  1. Kramer, T. L., Sigel, B. A., Conners-Burrow, N. A., Worley, K. B., Church, J. K., & Helpenstill, K. (2015). It takes a state: Implementing trauma-informed care for children. Best Practices in Mental Health, 11(1), 14-24.
  1. Conners-Burrow, N. A., Kramer T. L., Sigel, B. A., Helpenstill, K., Sievers, C. & McKelvey, L. (2013). Trauma-informed care training in a child welfare system: Moving to the front line. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(11), 1830-1835. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.08.1013
  1. Fritz, R. M., Tempel, A. B., Sigel, B. A., Conners-Burrow, N. A., Worley, K. B., & Kramer, T. L. (2013). Improving the dissemination of evidence-based treatments:  Facilitators and barriers to participating in case consultation. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 44(4), 225-230. doi:10.1037/a0033102
  1. *Sigel, B., *Benton, A., *Lynch, C., Kramer, T. L. (2013). Characteristics of 17 statewide initiatives to disseminate Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5(4), 323-333. doi:10.1037/a0029095
  1. Sigel, B. A., Kramer, T. L., Conners-Burrow, N. A., Worley, K. B., Church, J. K., & Mitrani, N. A. (2013). Statewide dissemination of Trauma-Focused Cognitive-Behavioral Therapy (TF-CBT). Children and Youth Services Review 35(6), 1023-1029. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2013.03.012
  1. *Pemberton, J. R., Kramer, T. L., Borrego, J., Jr., & Owen, R. R. (2013). Kids at the VA? A call for evidence-based parenting interventions for returning veterans. Psychological Services 10(2), 194-202. doi:10.1037/a0029995
  1. Kramer, T. L., Savary, P. E., Pyne, J. M., Kimbrell, T. A., & Jegley, S. M. (2013). Veterans’ perceptions of virtual reality to assess and treat Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. Journal of Cybertherapy and Rehabilitation, 16(4), 293-301. doi:10.1089/cyber.2013.1504
  1. Kramer, T. , *Sigel, B., Conners-Burrow, N. A., Savary, P., & *Tempel, A. (2013). A statewide introduction of trauma-informed care in a child welfare system. Children and Youth Services Review, 35(1), 19-24. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.10.014
  1. Conners-Burrow, N. A., *Tempel, A. B., *Sigel, B. A., Church, J. K., Kramer, T. L., & Worley, K. B. (2012). The development of a systematic approach to mental health screening in Child Advocacy Centers.  Children and Youth Services Review, 34(9), 1675-1682. doi:10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.04.020
  1. Hunt, J., Curran, G., Kramer, T., Mouden, S., Ward-Jones, S., Owen, R., & Fortney, J. (2012).  Partnership for implementation of evidence-based mental health practices in rural Federally Qualified Health Centers: Theory and methods.  Progress in Community Health Partnerships: Research, Education, and Action, 6(3), 389-398.  doi:10.1353/cpr.2012.0039
  1. *Bell-Tolliver, L., Kramer, T. L., Small, J., & *Lynch, C. (2012).  Adolescent African-Americans’ reports of substance use in rural Eastern Arkansas. Journal of Ethnicity and Substance Abuse, 11(3), 199-213. doi:1080/15332640.2012.701568
  1. Kramer, T. L., Border, T., Tripathi, S. Lynch, C., Leukefeld, C. Falck, R. S., Carlson, R. G., & Booth, B. (2012). Correlates of physical victimization in rural stimulant users. Violence & Victims, 27(1), 109-124. doi:10.1891/0886-6708.27.1.109
  1. Kramer, T. L., & *Bell-Tolliver, L. (2011).  Stimulant use by young adult African Americans in a rural community: A pipeline to prison? Substance Use & Misuse, 46(6), 716-727. doi:10.3109/10826084.2010.526981
  1. Kramer, T. L., Pyne, J. M., Kimbrell, T. A., Savary, P. E., Smith, J. L., & Jegley, S. M. (2010).  Clinician perceptions of virtual reality to assess and treat returning veterans. Psychiatric Services, 61(11), 1153-1156. doi:10.1176/appi.ps.61.11.1153
  1. Kramer, T. L., Booth, B. M., & Han, X. (2010). Two-year trajectory of stimulant use in 18-21 year old rural African Americans.  Substance Abuse, 31(1), 12-23. doi:10.1080/08897070903442509
  1. Kramer, T. L., Han, X. & Booth, B. M. (2009). Young adult, rural, African American stimulant users: Antecedents and vulnerabilities. Journal of Ethnicity in Substance Abuse, 8(4), 378-399. doi:10.1080/15332640903327393
  1. Kramer, T. L., Han, X., Leukefeld, C., Booth, B. M., & Edlund, C. (2009). Childhood conduct problems and other risk factors in rural adult stimulant users.  Journal of Rural Health, 25(1), 50-57. doi:10.1111/j.1748-0361.2009.00198.x