Sarah K. Sifers, Ph.D., LP

 

Mailing Address:     Minnesota State University, Mankato

                                    23 Armstrong Hall

                                    Mankato, MN 56001

Phone:                        (507) 389-5755

E-mail:                        sarah.sifers@mnsu.edu

 

Education:

Ph.D.               University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, December 2003, Clinical Child Psychology

Dissertation: Family Typologies and Child Behavior: A Cluster Analysis

Dissertation Chair: Yo Jackson, Ph.D.

M.A.                University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, December 1999, Clinical Child Psychology

Masters thesis: The Role of Primary Appraisal, Social Support, and Family Environment on Children Exposed to Stressful Life Events

Thesis Chair: Yo Jackson, Ph.D.

B.A.                 University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS, May 1997, Psychology and Human Development and Family Life, with honors in Psychology and College of Liberal Arts and Sciences

Honors thesis: Sophistication of Adolescents’ Interpersonal Negotiation Strategies and Friendship Formation after Relocation: A Replication Study

Thesis Chair: Eric Vernberg, Ph.D.

 

Teaching Experience:

2004-present             Professor, Minnesota State University, Mankato

Teaching Child Care Psychology, Standards and Ethics in Psychology, Research in Clinical Psychology, Abnormal Psychology, Positive Strategies for Difficult Children, Careers in Psychology, Psychology, Teaching of Psychology, Child Psychopathology, Child Mental Health: Assessment to Intervention, Tests and Measures, Field Experience in School Psychology, Practicum in Clinical Psychology and Adolescent Psychology to undergraduate and graduate students in classes of 2 to 125.

2003-2004                   Visiting Instructor, Baker University

Taught Introductory Psychology, Human Development, Abnormal Psychology, Health Psychology, Counseling Techniques, and Field Experience in Psychology to undergraduate students in classes of 6 to 40 students.

1999                            Graduate Instructor, University of Kansas

Independently taught Developmental Psychopathology to a class of 20 students.

 

Publications:

Ecker, M. E. & Sifers, S. K. (in press). The BackPack Food Program’s Effects on U.S.

Elementary Students’ Hunger and On-task Behavior. Journal of Child Nutrition & Management.

Cero, I. & Sifers, S. K. (in press). Parenting and youth suicide. Journal of Affective

            Disorders.

Lipski, D. M., Sifers, S. K., & Jackson, Y. (2013). A study of the psychometric properties

of the Social Support Scale for Children. Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. DOI 10.1007/s10862-013-9383-0

Watson, G. C., Sifers, S. K., Houlihan, D. (2013). Parental behavioral control as a

moderator between close friend support and conduct problems. Child and Adolescent Behavior, 1, 105. doi:10.4172/jcalb.1000105

Cero, I. & Sifers, S. K. (2013). Moderating factors in the path from physical abuse to

attempted suicide in adolescents: Application of the Interpersonal-Psychological Theory of Suicide. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behaviors, 43, 296-304. doi: 10.1111/sltb.12016

Sifers, S. K. & Shea, D. N. (2013). Evaluation of Girls on the Run/Girls on Track. Journal of

            Clinical Sport Psychology, 7, 77-85.

Sifers, S. K. & Mallela, S. R. (2013). Relationship difficulties as a conduit from hyperactivity

to depressive symptoms. Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 30, 169-180. DOI 10.1007/s10560-012-0284-y

Huber, R. S., Sifers, S. K., Houlihan, D., Youngblom, R. (2012). Teacher support as a

moderator of behavioral outcomes for youth exposed to stressful life events. Education Research International. doi:10.1155/2012/130626

Sifers, S. K., Warren, J. S., & Jackson, Y. (2012). Measuring Spirituality in Children. Journal

            of Psychology and Christianity, 31, 209-218. 

Wright, J. B., Filter, K. J., Nolan, J. D., & Sifers, S. (2012). School psychologists’ self-

perceptions of multicultural competence: The relevance of experience and training. Trainers’ Forum: Journal of the Trainer’s of School Psychologists, 31, 1, 7-20.

Sifers, S. K. & Peltz, K. M. (2012). What members of Alcoholics Anonymous really believe.

Mental Health, Religion & Culture. DOI:10.1080/13674676.2012.715630

Sifers, S. K. (2012). Reflecting on teaching through reflective service learning: A

pedagogical journey. Reflective Practice,13, 651-662. DOI: 10.1080/14623943.2012.697887

Martin, S. M. & Sifers, S. K. (2012). An evaluation of factors leading to mentor satisfaction

with the mentoring relationship. Children and Youth Services Review. http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2012.01.025

Sifers, S. K. (2011). Child Care Psychology. (2nd ed.). Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Sifers, S. K. (2011). Social support. In R. J. Levesque (Ed.), The Encyclopedia of

            Adolescence (pp. 2810-2815). New York, NY: Springer.

Gilbert, S., & Sifers, S. K. (2011). Bouncing back from a break-up. Journal of College

            Student Psychotherapy, 25, 295-310. DOI:10.1080/87568225.2011.605693

Sifers, S. K. (2010). Chasing youth psychopathy: A review of the research [Review of the

book Handbook of child and adolescent psychopathy]. PsycCritiques, 56 (3), article 6. DOI: 10.1037/a0022312

Warren, J. S., Jackson, Y., & Sifers, S. K. (2009). Social support provisions as differential

predictors of adaptive outcomes            in young adolescents. Journal of Community Psychology, 37, 106-121. DOI: 10.1002/jcop.20273

Sifers, S. K. (2009). Child care psychology. Dubuque, IA: Kendall Hunt.

Cisler, J. M., Barnes, A. C., Farnsworth, D., & Sifers, S. K. (2007). Reporting practices of

psychological research using a wait-list control: Current state and suggestions for improvement. International Journal of Methods in Psychiatric Research, 16, 34-42. DOI: 10.1002/mpr.201

Sifers, S. K. (2007). Another parenting book? [Review of the book Parenting your out-of-

control child: An effective, easy-to-use program for teaching self-control]. PsycCritiques, 52 (37), article 6. DOI: 10.1037/a0009238

Sifers, S. K., Costello, T. W., & Costello, J. T. (2006). Abnormal Psychology. New York:

Harper Collins.

Sifers, S. K. (2005, July 20). Attempting to expand resilience to policies: A daunting task

and a good start [Review of the book Resilience in children, families, and communities: Linking context to practice and policy]. PsycCritiques, 50 (29), article 13. DOI: 10.1037/051749

Sifers, S. K. (2005, May 4). A brief primer on filial therapy [Review of the book Filial

Therapy: Strengthening relationships through play]. PsycCritiques, 50 (18), article 6. DOI: 10.1037/051564

Jackson, Y., Sifers, S. K., Warren, J. S., & Velasquez, D. (2003). Family Protective Factors

and Behavioral Outcome: The Role of Appraisal in Family Life Events. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders, 11, 103-111. DOI: 10.1177/106342660301100204

Sifers, S. K., Puddy, R. W., Warren, J. S., & Roberts, M. C. (2002). Trends in Reporting

Methodology in Child Psychological Research. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 27, 19-25. DOI: 10.1093/jpepsy/27.1.19

 

Professional Presentations and Public Lectures:

Pyun, Y. S., Mooney, J., & Sifers, S. K. (2013, May). Mother-Child Interaction Predicting

Children’s Internalizing Behavior in Domestic Violence Survivors. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Peltz, K. M., Townsend, D., & Sifers, S. K. (2013, March). The Puzzle of Paradoxical

Insomnia. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Sattler, A. & Sifers, S. K.  (2013, March). Poverty Status and Utilization of the BackPack

Food Program. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Sifers, S. K. & Ecker, M. (2012, October). What Makes Girls on the Run Work. Poster

presented at the National Conference in Clinical Child Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Interviewed for: Bissonnette, D. (Producer). (in post-production). Depression [DVD].

Cero, I. & Sifers, S. K. (2012, March). Resilience Factors in the Path from Child Abuse to

Attempted Suicide: A Moderated Mediation Analysis. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Ecker, M., Ness, E., & Sifers, S. K. (2012, March). Interaction of Community Commitment

to Youth and Personal Optimism in Predicting Adolescent Engagement in Learning. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Ames, M., Miller, J., & Sifers, S. K. (2012, March). Influences of Self-Perception, Global

self-Esteem and Mental Health in Preadolescent and Adolescent Girls.  Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Brink, J. & Sifers, S. K. (2011, March). Age as a Contributor in Global Self-Worth Self-

Report in Pre-Adolescent Females Enrolled in a Fitness Program. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Cero, I. & Sifers, S. K. (2011, March). Lasting improvements in body-dissatisfaction in

preadolescent girls: Evaluating a community athletic program at follow-up. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Martin, S. & Sifers, S. K. (2011, March). An evaluation of factors leading to mentor

satisfaction. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Neubert, L. & Sifers, S. K. (2011, March). Violence Exposure, Self-Esteem and Alcohol

Consumption in Adolescents. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Sifers, S. K. & Filter, K. (October, 2010). Positive Discipline. Public education presentation

at Loyola Catholic Schools, Mankato, MN.

Sifers, S. K. & Hamilton, M. (2010, October). Evaluation of the Children’s Body Image

Scale for Girls. Poster presented at the Kansas Conference in Clinical Child Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Brink, J. & Sifers, S. K. (2010, October). Family Stress as a Predictor of Parent Reported

Behavior Problems in Children and Adolescents. Poster presented at the Kansas Conference in Clinical Child Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Sifers, S. K. & Shea, D. (2010, October). Evaluation of Girls on the Run/Girls on Track.

Poster presented at the Kansas Conference in Clinical Child Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Baczwaski, B. & Sifers, S. K. (2010, May). Discrepancies in Parent/Child Report of Child

Inattentiveness and Depression. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Brownlee, A. C. & Sifers, S. K. (2010, May). The Impact of Socioeconomic Status on

Stressful Life Events. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Lipski, D. M., Martin, S. M., & Sifers, S. K. (2010, May). Effects of School Support and Stress

on Internalizing and Externalizing. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Sifers, S. K. (Writer). (2010). Babies and TV [Radio Broadcast]. In D. Albertson, E. Stark, &

D. Sachau (Producers), Psychological Frontiers: Exploring Human Behavior. Mankato, MN: KMSU.

Sifers, S. K. (Writer). (2010). Getting Toddlers to Obey [Radio Broadcast]. In D. Albertson,

E. Stark, & D. Sachau (Producers), Psychological Frontiers: Exploring Human Behavior. Mankato, MN: KMSU.

Huber, R. S. & Sifers, S. K. (2009, March). Teacher Support as a Moderator of Behavioral

Outcomes for Youth Exposed to Stressful Life Events. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Larson, N. C. & Sifers, S. K. (2009, March). The Impact of Gender and Spirituality in the

Development of Depression and Suicidality in Children and Adolescents. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Sifers, S. K. (2009, January). Vertical Research Teams: Enhancing Learning and

Productivity. Presentation at Minnesota State University, Mankato Professional Development Day, Mankato, MN.

Sifers, S. K. (2008, October). Relationship Difficulties as a Path from ADHD to Depression.

Poster presented to the Kansas Conference in Clinical Child Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Thomas, R. A. & Sifers, S. K. (2008, May) Factors Associated with Cultural Competence in

Adolescents. Poster presented to the annual convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Sifers, S. K. (2008, April). Resilience across the Lifespan. Public education presentation at

Mankato Psychology Clinic, Mankato, MN.

Huber, R. S., Vaughan, J. E., & Sifers, S. K. (2008, March). Protective Factors Related to

Resilience after Relocation in Children and Adolescents. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Moran, M. L., & Sifers, S. K. (2008, March). The Effects of Positive Peer Pressure among

Adolescent Girls: Academic Achievement Motivation and School Engagement. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Owatonna, MN.

Sifers, S. K. (2008, February). Resilience and Protective Factors from Childhood to

Emergent Adulthood. Paper presented at Minnesota State University Counselors Association Conference, Mankato, MN.

Sifers, S. K. (2007, October). Positive Discipline. Public education presentation at Little

Stars, Mankato, MN.

Sifers, S. K., Warren, J. S., & Jackson, Y. (2007, March). Measuring Spirituality in Children.

Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Bloomington, MN.

Thomas, R. & Sifers, S. K., (2007, March). Impact of Salience of Relationship with

Deceased Parent, Continued Relationship with the Deceased Parent, and Cognitive Appraisal on Psychological Adaptation of Parentally-Bereaved Late Adolescents. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Bloomington, MN.

Witts, B. & Sifers, S. K., (2007, March). The Development and Evaluation of the Witts

Inventory of Sexual Experiences (WISE). Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Bloomington, MN.

Filter, K., & Sifers, S. K. (May, 2006). Positive Discipline. Public education presentation at

Early Childhood and Family Education, Mankato, MN.

Gerber, T. A., Sifers, S. K. (2006, April). Emotional Dysregulation and Response to

Interpersonal Situations. Paper presented at the Midwestern Conference on Professional Psychology, Mankato, MN.

Sifers, S. K. (2005, September). Children’s Mental Health. Minnesota Social Service

Association Region 9 Fall Conference, Mankato, MN.

Sifers, S. K., Jackson, Y. (2005, May). Ethical Issues in Cultural Competence: The current

Status and Implications for the Future of Psychology. Poster presented at the annual convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Sifers, S. K., Jackson, Y. (2005, May). Family Typologies and Child Behavior: A Cluster

Analysis. Paper presented at the annual convention of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.

Sifers, S. K., Warren, J. S. Jackson, Y. (2003, November). Measuring Spirituality in Children.

Paper presented at the annual convention of the Association for Psychological and Education al Research in Kansas, Wichita, KS.

Sifers, S. K., Jackson, Y., Ferguson, K. S., & Warren, J. S. (1999, August). Primary Appraisal,

Social Support, and Family Environment in Children. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Warren, J. S., Jackson, Y., Ferguson, K. S., & Sifers, S. K. (1999, August). Locus of control as

a protective factor in school-age children. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological, Boston, MA.

Warren, J. S., Jackson, Y., Ferguson, K. S., & Sifers, S. K. (1999, August). Models of

Resilience in Children: An Exploration of Protective Factors. Poster presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association, Boston, MA.

Sifers, S. K., Puddy, R. W., Warren, J. S., & Roberts, M. C. (1998, October). Trends in

Reporting Methodology in Child Psychological Research. Poster presented at the Kansas Conference in Clinical Child Psychology, Lawrence, KS.

Sifers, S. K. (1998). Parenting the School Aged Child. Community Education Presentation

at Lawrence Memorial Hospital, Lawrence, KS.

 

Grants Received:

2011                Otto Bremer Foundation, $325,000

As part of Mankato Area Healthy Youth, received funding for an initiative to engage adolescents in making Mankato a better place for youth. Funding includes money to conduct focus groups and assessment of the effectiveness of the program, which I will be directing.

2011                Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, $60,000

As part of the First Steps Collaborative, received funding for implementation of revised First Steps home visiting program, including evaluation that I will be conducting.

2011                Minnesota State University, Mankato One-Time Non-Base Investment Proposal,

As part of the Minnesota State University, Mankato Assessment Clinic, received funding for supplies and graduate assistant for the Minnesota State University, Mankato Assessment Clinic.

2010                Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Minnesota Foundation, $25,000

As part of the First Steps Collaborative, received funding for planning a revision of services offered by First Steps home visiting program, which was used to conduct a community-wide needs assessment, develop a plan, and then seek feedback on the plan from the community and further revise it.

2006                College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty Improvement Grant

Received funding to attend the National Institute on the Teaching of Psychology in St. Petersburg Beach, Florida.

2005                College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Faculty Research Grant

Received funding for supplies and participant compensation for Resilience Research Lab.

 

Clinical Positions:

2010-present Clinic Director, Minnesota State University, Mankato Assessment Clinic

Trained and supervised graduate student clinic associates in the assessment of learning disability and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder in adults. Completed administrative tasks to keep clinic functioning.

2003-2004       Post-doctoral Intern, Family Therapy Institute Midwest

Conducted individual and family therapy with children, adolescents, and adults with a wide variety of presenting concerns.

                        Supervisor: Wes Crenshaw, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

2002-2003       Pre-doctoral Psychology Intern, Hawthorn Center and University Psychiatric Center

Conducted individual, family, and group therapy in a long-term, state children’s psychiatric hospital, also participating in milieu therapy, behavior modification planning, multi-disciplinary team treatment planning, and psychological evaluations. Conducted individual, family, and group therapy with children and adults in university-affiliated outpatient clinics. Clients ranged in age from 7 to 40 with diagnoses including mood and anxiety disorders and disruptive behavior disorders and significant psychosocial stressors. Consulted with childcare facilities for early childhood interventions.         

Supervisor: Joy Wolfe Ensor, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

2001-2002       Therapist, Bert Nash Community Mental Health Center

Conducted individual and family therapy and assessments with children and families from the community. Clients ranged in age from 5 to 17 years and the clients’ diagnoses included internalizing, externalizing, and developmental disabilities. Therapeutic modalities used included cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, solution focused, family, in-home, and client-centered play therapies. Consulted with ADHD Clinic including assessments and guiding therapists in development of child group curriculum. Developed and lead therapy group for multi-racial children focusing on positive identity development.

Supervisor: Kala Bhana, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

1999-2001       Clinic Coordinator, KU Child and Family Services Clinic

Coordinated clinic operations, including serving as a liaison with community agencies, billing and account keeping, providing informal supervision to student therapists, ordering clinic supplies, client screening, and developing clinic forms and manual.

                        Supervisor: Eric Vernberg, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

1999-2001       Therapist, Elementary Therapeutic Classroom

Conducted individual and group therapy with severely emotionally and behaviorally disturbed children, collaborated with other professionals in the school district and other agencies, and provided family support, including some family therapy and case management. Clients ranged in age from 10 to 13 years and had diagnoses including internalizing, externalizing, and developmental disabilities. Therapeutic modalities utilized include cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, solutions focused, psycho-educational, social skills training, family, and client-centered play therapies.

Supervisor: Eric Vernberg, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

            Assessment Consultant, Bert Nash Mental Health Center

1998-1999       Completed psychological evaluations, lead therapy groups for children with Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder including designing curriculum, and was a member of the Family Preservation team. Clients served ranged in age from 4 to 19 years and clients’ diagnoses included internalizing, externalizing, and developmental disabilities.

Supervisor: Doug Witt, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

1997-2000       Clinic Associate, KU Child and Family Services Clinic

Conducted family and individual therapy and assessments of children and adults. Clients ranged in age from 3 to 32 years with diagnoses including internalizing, externalizing, and developmental disabilities. Treatment modalities included cognitive-behavioral, behavioral, solutions focused, psycho-educational, family, and client-centered play therapies.

Supervisor: Kathryn Pieper, Ph.D., Licensed Psychologist

1995-1997       Play Therapy Group Facilitator, First Step House

Conducted play therapy with children of recovering alcoholics and addicts. Clients ranged in age from 3 to 13 years.

Supervisor: Laura Templet, M.S.W.

 

Professional Memberships:

1996-present             Member of American Psychological Association

2002- present                        Member of APA Division 2 (Teaching of Psychology)

2004- present                        Member of Midwestern Psychological Association

 

Licensure and Recognition:

2009-present             Licensed Psychologist, Minnesota Board of Psychology

2004                            Minnesota State University, Mankato College of Social and Behavioral Sciences Outstanding Advisor Award

 

References:

Daniel Houlihan, Ph.D., Minnesota State University, Mankato, 23 Armstrong Hall, Mankato, MN 56001, 507-389-6308, daniel.houlihan@mnsu.edu

 

Barry Ries, Ph.D., Minnesota State University, Mankato, 115 Alumni Foundation, Mankato, MN 56001, 507-389-1242, barry.ries@mnsu.edu

 

Rosemary Krawczyk, Ph.D., Minnesota State University, Mankato, 23 Armstrong Hall, Mankato, MN 56001, 507-389-5816, rosemary.krawczyk@mnsu.edu