Spencer Evans

BGS (2011) University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
MA (2012) University of Kansas, Lawrence KS
(2016-2017) Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston Consortium, Child Track
Primary office:
Dole Human Development Center
Room 2008


First, I am interested in the relations between disruptive behavior and mood problems across childhood and adolescence. Using a developmental psychopathology framework, I study a variety of emotion-dysregulatory behavior problems (reactive aggression, irritability, emotion reactivity) to better understand their associations with depressed mood and other social, behavioral, and functional outcomes. Second, I am interested in evidence-based assessment. This line of research seeks to elucidate (and ultimately improve) the reliability, validity, and utility of measures and methods used to assess behavior problems in youth. For example, I have assisted with the development of the WHO’s ICD-11 Classification of Mental and Behavioural Disorders, particularly Disruptive Behaviour and Dissocial Disorders. Finally, I have a general interest in research methodology. Recent articles and projects in this area address vignette-based study designs, dissertation publication patterns, methodological reporting practices, and research strategies to advance evidence-based practice in clinical child and adolescent psychology.

Selected Publications

Becker, S. P., Fite, P. J., Vitulano, M. L., Rubens, S. L., Evans, S. C., & Cooley, J. L. (2014). Examining anxiety and depression as moderators of the associations between ADHD symptoms and academic and social problems in Hispanic adolescents. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 36, 265-275. doi:10.1007/s10862-013-9394-x link

Blossom, J. B., Fite, P. J., Frazer, A. L., Cooley, J. L., & Evans, S. C. (2016). Parental psychological control and aggression in youth: The moderating effect of emotion dysregulation. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 44, 12-20. doi:10.1016/j.appdev.2016.02.006 link

Evans, S. C., Roberts, M. C. (2015). The International Classification of Diseases (ICD) mental and behavioural disorders section. In R. L. Cautin and S. O. Lilienfeld (Eds.), The encyclopedia of clinical psychology (pp. 1520-1529). Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley and Sons. doi:10.1002/9781118625392

Evans, S. C., Blossom, J. B., Canter, K. S., Poppert-Cordts, K., Kanine, R., Garcia, A., & Roberts, M. C. (2016). Self-reported emotion reactivity among early-adolescent girls: Evidence for convergent and discriminant validity in an urban community sample. Behavior Therapy, 47, 299-311. doi:10.1016/j.beth.2016.01.003 link

Evans, S. C., Fite, P. J., Hendrickson, M. L., Rubens, S. L, & Mages, A. K. (2015). The role of reactive aggression in the link between hyperactive-impulsive behaviors and peer rejection in adolescents. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 46, 903-912. doi:10.1007/s10578-014-0530-y link

Evans, S. C., Pederson, C. A., Fite, P. J., Blossom, J. B. & Cooley, J. L. (2016). Teacher-reported irritable and defiant dimensions of Oppositional Defiant Disorder: Social, behavioral, and academic correlates. School Mental Health, 8, 292-304. doi:10.1007/s12310-015-9163-y link

Evans, S. C., Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Esparza, P., Watts, A. D., Correia, J. M., Ritchie, P., Maj, M., & Saxena, S. (2013). Psychologists’ perspectives on the diagnostic classification of mental disorders: Results from the WHO-IUPsyS Global Survey. International Journal of Psychology, 48, 177-193. doi:10.1080/00207594.2013.804189 link

Evans, S. C., Roberts, M. C., Keeley, J. W., Blossom, J. B., Amaro, C. M., Garcia, A. M., Odar Stough, C., Canter, K. S., Robles, R., & Reed, G. M. (2015). Vignette methodologies for studying clinicians’ decision-making: Validity, utility, and application in ICD-11 field studies. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 15, 160-170. doi: 10.1016/j.ijchp.2014.12.001 (Article in English and Spanish) link

Fite, P. J., Evans, S. C., Cooley, J., & Rubens, S. (2014). Further evaluation of associations between symptoms of inattention-hyperactivity and oppositional defiance and bullying and victimization in adolescence. Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 45, 32-41. doi:10.1007/s10578-013-0376-8 link

Fite, P. J., Hendrickson, M., Rubens, S., Gabrielli, J., & Evans, S. (2013). The role of peer rejection in the link between reactive aggression and academic performance. Child and Youth Care Forum, 42, 193-205. doi:10.1007/s10566-013-9199-9 link

Keeley, J. W., Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Evans, S. C., Medina-Mora, M.-E, Robles, R., Sharan, P., Gureje, O., First, M. B., Andrews, H. F., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Gaebel, W., Zielasek, J., & Saxena, S. (2016). Developing a science of clinical utility in diagnostic classification systems: Field study strategies for ICD-11 Mental and Behavioural Disorders. American Psychologist, 71, 3-16. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0039972. link

Keeley, J. W., Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Evans, S. C., Robles, R., Matsumoto, C., Brewin, C. R., Cloitre, M, Perkonigg, A., Rousseau, C., Gureje, O., Lovell, A. M., Sharan, P., & Maercker, A. (2016). Disorders specifically associated with stress: A case-controlled field study for ICD-11 mental and behavioural disorders. International Journal of Clinical and Health Psychology, 16, 109-127. doi:10.1016/j.ijchp.2015.09.002 (Article in English and Spanish) link

Lochman, J. E., Evans, S. C., Burke, J. D., Roberts, M. C., Fite, P. J., Reed, G. M., de la Peña, F. R., Matthys, W., Ezpeleta, L., Siddiqui, S., & Garralda, E. (2015). An empirically based alternative to DSM-5’s Disruptive Mood Dysregulation Disorder for ICD-11. World Psychiatry, 14, 30-33. doi: 10.1002/wps.20176 link

Reed, G. M., Rebello, T. J., Pike, K. M., Medina-Mora, M. E., Gureje, O., Zhao, M., Dai, Y., Roberts, M. C., Maruta, T. M., Matsumoto, C., Krasnov, V. N., Kuglygina, M., Lovell, A., Stona, A.-C., Sharan, P., Robles, R., Gaebel, W., Zielasek., J., Khoury, B., Mari, J. d. J., Ayso-Mateos, J. L., Evans, S. C., Kogan, C., & Saxena, S. (2015). WHO’s Global Clinical Practice Network for mental health. Lancet Psychiatry, 2, 379-380. doi:10.1016/S2215-0366(15)00183-2 link

Reed, G. M., Roberts, M. C., Keeley, J., Hooppell, C., Matsumoto, C., Sharan, P., Robles, R., Carvalho, H., Wu, C., Gureje, O., Lea-Leturia, I., Flanagan, E. H., Correia, J. M., Maruta, T., Ayuso-Mateos, J. L., Mari, J., Xiao, Z., Evans, S. C., Saxena, S., & Medina-Mora, M. E. (2013). Mental health professionals’ natural taxonomies of mental disorders: Implications for the clinical utility of the ICD-11 and the DSM-5. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 69, 1191–1212. doi:10.1002/jclp.22031 link

Roberts, M. C., Blossom, J. B., Evans, S. C., Amaro, C. M., & Kanine, R. M. (2016). Advancing the scientific foundation for evidence-based practice in clinical child and adolescent psychology. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/15374416.2016.1152554 link

Roberts, M. C., Odar, C. C., Canter, K. S., Evans, S. C., & Kessler, E. D. (2013). Psychological disorders of children and adolescents: Etiology, diagnosis and treatment. In T. G. Plante (Ed.). Abnormal psychology across the ages, Vol. II: Disorders and treatments (pp. 133-147). Santa Barbara, CA: Praeger/ABC-CLIO.

Rubens, S. L., Evans, S. C., Becker, S. P., Fite, P. J., & Tountas, M. A. (2016). Self-reported time in bed and sleep quality in association with internalizing and externalizing problems in school-age youth. Child Psychiatry and Human Development. Advance online publication doi:10.1007/s10578-016-0672-1 link

Wu, Y. P., Aylward, B. A., Roberts, M. C., & Evans, S. C. (2012). Searching the scientific literature: Implications for quantitative and qualitative reviews. Clinical Psychology Review, 32, 553-557. doi:10.1016/j.cpr.2012.06.007 link


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