Joy Reeves Pemberton, Ph.D.


Assistant Professor, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences
Clinical Psychologist, University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences


UAMS Phone: (501) 687-7861
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Research Expertise

Dr. Pemberton is an Assistant Professor and Clinical Psychologist. She received her Ph.D. from Texas Tech University and completed her internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences’ Child Study Center. Her primary training focused on evidence-based psychological treatments for parents and children, particularly those experiencing disruptive child behaviors. She also focused on making treatments more accessible to underserved populations and determining mechanisms of change within evidence-based treatments. In addition to these areas of interest, she is also focusing on dissemination and implementation of evidence-based psychological treatments, particularly within the VA system.

Research Interests: behavioral interventions, particularly Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in military families, for families experiencing child behavior problems; and reducing barriers and increasing access to evidence-based treatments for children among underserved populations, particularly ethnic minorities and those with low socioeconomic status

Recent Publications

McKelvey, L. M., Conners-Burrow, N., Mesman, G. R., Pemberton, J. R., & Casey, P. (in press). Promoting Adolescent Behavioral Adjustment in Violent Neighborhoods: Supportive Families Can Make a Difference! Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.

McKelvey, L. M., Conners-Burrow, N., Mesman, G. R., Pemberton, J. R., Bradley, R. H., & Fitzgerald, H. E. (in press). Supportive fathers moderate the effects of mothers’ alcohol use on children’s externalizing behavior problems. Family Science.

Connors-Burrow, N. A., Kyzer, A., Pemberton, J. R., McKelvey, L., Whiteside-Mansell, L., & Fulmer, J. (in press). Child and family factors associated with teacher-reported behavior problems in young children of substance abusers. Child and Adolescent Mental Health.

Connors-Burrow, N. A., McKelvey, L., Pemberton, J. R., LaGory, J., Mesman, G. R., & Whiteside-Mansell, L. (2013). Moderators of the relationship between maternal substance abuse symptoms and preschool children’s behavioral outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 22, 1120-1129. doi: 10.1007/s10826-012-9674-1

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, 194-202. doi: 10.1037/a0029995

Pemberton, J. R., Borrego, J., Jr., & Sherman, S. (2013). Differential attention as a mechanism of change in parent-child interaction therapy: Support from time-series analysis. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 35, 35-44. doi: 10.1007/s10862-012-9312-7

Borrego, J., Jr., Ibanez, E. I., Spendlove, S. J., & Pemberton, J. R. (2007). Treatment acceptability among Mexican-American parents. Behavior Therapy, 38, 218-227.

Pemberton, J. R., & Borrego, J., Jr. (2007). Increasing acceptance of behavioral child management techniques: What do parents say? Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 29(2), 27-45.

Pemberton, J. R., Borrego, J., Jr., & Cohen, L. M. (2006). Using interactive computer technology to increase classroom participation and enhance learning. Teaching of Psychology, 33, 145-147.

Ibanez, E.S., Borrego, J., Jr., Pemberton, J.R., & Terao, S.Y. (2006). Cultural factors in child physical abuse decision-making: Identifying reporter characteristics influencing reporting tendencies. Child Abuse & Neglect, 30, 1365-1379.

Pemberton, J. R., & Borrego, J., Jr. (2005). The relationship between treatment acceptability and familism. The International Journal of Behavioral Consultation and Therapy, 1(4), 329-337.