Ph.D., University of Georgia, 1993
Distinguished University Professor
Most generally, my research focuses on the role of families in the lives of children and adolescents. Over the past several years, I have investigated the impact of various family stressors on child and adolescent functioning. More recently, my research focus has narrowed to the intersection of HIV and families. In particular, I investigate the impact of maternal HIV infection on children and the use of families to prevent youth HIV infection. I have conducted this work domestically with African American families and internationally in South Africa. Through this research, my colleagues and I have identified several family process variables that serve as mechanisms through which a mother’s illness affects her child. Some of these include parenting skills, the parent child relationship, disclosure of maternal HIV status and maternal, as well as child, social support.
I am currently funded by the National Institutes of Health to conduct a randomized controlled trial of the Teaching, Raising, and Communicating with Kids (TRACK) program. My UCLA-based colleagues and I designed TRACK to assist HIV+ mothers with disclosing their status to their children. We will enroll 110 families in the Atlanta area and 110 families in Los Angeles, CA to evaluate the efficacy of the intervention over a 15-month follow-up period. Doctoral students in my lab (see below) are engaged in all aspects of this project, including data collection, intervention implementation, and information dissemination.
My clinical interests overlap with my research agenda in that I focus on families and family stressors in my work with children and adolescents. Specifically, I have expertise in parenting interventions and other behavioral interventions for child internalizing and externalizing problems. I limit my clinical work with adults to the presenting problems of mood and anxiety disorders. I adhere to the scientist-practitioner model and work primarily from a cognitive-behavioral orientation.
Representative Publications (Student co-authors are italicized)
Armistead, L., Tannenbaum, L., Forehand, R., Morse, E., & Morse, P. (2001). Disclosing HIV status: Are mothers telling their children? Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 26, 11-20.
Clark, H.J., Lindner, G. Armistead, L., & Austin, B. (2003). Stigma, disclosure, and psychological functioning among HIV-infected and non-infected African American women. Women and Health 38, 57-71
Forehand, R., Armistead, L., Long, N., Wyckoff, S., Kotchick, B., Whitaker, D., Shaffer, A., Greenberg, A., Murray, V., Jackson, L., Kelly, A., McNair, L., Dittus, P., & Miller, K. (2007). Efficacy of a family-based, youth sexual risk program for parents of African American pre-adolescents: A randomized controlled design. Archives of Pediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, 161, 1123-1129.
Palin, F., Armistead, L., Clayton, A., Ketchen, B., Lindner, G., Kokot-Louw, P., & Pauw, A. (2008). Disclosure of Maternal HIV-Infection in South Africa: Description and Relationship to Child Functioning. AIDS and Behavior, 13, 1241-1252.
Ketchen, B., Armistead, L., & Cook, S. (2009). HIV infection, Life Stressors, and Interpersonal Relationship Power: The Moderating Role of Community Resources. Women and Health, 49, 197-214.
Murphy, D. A., Armistead, L., Marelich, W. D., Payne, D. L, & Herbeck, D. M. (2011). Pilot Trial of a Disclosure Intervention for HIV+ Mothers: The TRACK Program. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 79, 203-214.
Salama, C., Morris, M., Armistead, L. Koenig, L., Demas, P., Ferdon, C., & Bachanas, P. (2012). Depression and conduct disorder problems in youth living with HIV: The independent and interactive roles of coping and neuropsychological functioning. AIDS Care and Research, 25, 160-168.
Tarantino, N., Anthony, E., Zimmerman, L., Armistead, L., Cook, S., Skinner, D., & Toefy, Y. (2014). Talking to young people about sex in South Africa: Neighborhood and social influences. Journal of Community Psychology, 42, 656-672.
Anthony, E., Hipp, T., Darnell, D., Armistead, L., Cook, S., & Skinner, D. (2014). Caregiver-Youth Communication about Sex in South Africa: The Role of Maternal Child Sexual Abuse History. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 23, 657-673..
Armistead, L., Cook, S., Skinner, D., Toefy, Y., Anthony, E. R. Zimmerman, L., Salama, C., Hipp, T., Goodnight, B., & Chow, L. (2014). Preliminary results from a family-based HIV prevention intervention for South African youth. Health Psychology, 33, 668-676.
Tarantino, N. & Armistead, L. (2016). A Parent-Based Intervention to Prevent HIV among Adolescent Children of Mothers Living with HIV: The Ms Now! Program. Vulnerable Children & Youth Studies, 11, 160-172.
Murphy, D., Armistead, L., Payne, D., Marelich, W.D., & Herbeck, D. (in press). Pilot trial of a parenting and self-care intervention for HIV-positive mothers: The IMAGE program. AIDS Care. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/09540121.2016.1204416.
Lisa Armistead, Ph.D., has been associate provost for graduate programs since July 1, 2014. Armistead joined the Georgia State University faculty in 1997 and since that time has been director of clinical training in psychology, director of graduate studies, associate chair and then chair of the Department of Psychology, one of the largest departments on campus. In addition, and emblematic of her prolific and sustained research agenda, she has held the title of Distinguished University Professor since 2013.
Armistead earned her B.A. degree in psychology and her M.S. and Ph.D. degrees in clinical psychology from the University of Georgia. She has directed 30 doctoral and master’s degree committees. Her research focuses on HIV and families, including the development and evaluation of family-based interventions. She has conducted this work domestically with African-American families and internationally in South Africa. She has received more than $4.5 million in external federal funding and is conducting a randomized controlled trial to evaluate the efficacy of an intervention to facilitate maternal disclosure of HIV status to children.