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Christopher Flessner

Assistant Professor

Education:  Ph.D., University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee (2008)

Graduate Areas:  Clinical - Child Clinical

Specialty:  Child and Adolescent

Research Interests: 

My lab conducts transdiagnostic (i.e., cutting across disorders as typically defined) research designed to gain a better understanding of risk factors (i.e., neurocognitive performance, family functioning) linked to the development of child anxiety and related disorders - particularly OCD, hair puling disorder, and Tourette's Syndrome - in kids between the ages of 4 and 17. In turn, we are interested in using these data to inform the development of better treatments for these children and their families. To achieve these aims, my lab conducts research utilizing a range of methodology from internet-sampling procedures to experimental tasks and treatment outcome research.

Lab Site:  Child Anxiety Research Program

Courses Frequently Taught

  • Quantitative Statistical Analysis I (graduate)



Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Flessner, C. A., Knopik, V., & McGeary, J. (2012). Hair Pulling Disorder (Trichotillomania): Genes, Neurobiology, and a Model for Understanding Impulsivity and Compulsivity. Psychiatry Research: Neuroimaging, 199, 151-158.

Flessner, C. A., Sapyta, J., Freeman, J. B., Franklin, M. E., Garcia, A., March, J. et. al.  (2011).  Examining the Psychometric Properties of the Family Accommodation Scale-Parent Report (FAS-PR).  Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 33, 38-46.

Freeman, J. B., Flessner, C. A., & Garcia, A.  (2011).  The Children's Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale:  Reliability and Validity for Use among 5 to 8 Year Olds with Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39(3), 877-883.

Flessner, C. A. (2011).  Cognitive Behavior Therapy for Childhood Repetitive Behavior Disorders:  Tic Disorders and Trichotillomania.  Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics, 20, 319-328.

Flessner, C. A., Allgair, A., Garcia, A., Sapyta, J., Freeman, J., Franklin, M. E., et. al. (2010).  The Impact of Neuropsychological Functioning on Treatment Outcome inPediatric Obsessive-Compulsive Disorder.  Depression and Anxiety, 27, 365-371.

Flessner, C. A., Berman, N., Garcia, A., Freeman, J., & Leonard, H.  (2009).  Symptom Profiles in Pediatric Obsessive Compulsive Disorder:  The Effects of Comorbid Grooming Behaviors.  Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 23, 753-759.

Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Franklin, M. E., Keuthen, N. J., & Piacentini, J.  (2009).  Cross-section study of women with trichotillomania:  Preliminary examination of pulling styles, severity, phenomenology, and functional impact.  Child Psychiatry and Human Development, 40, 153-167.

Flessner, C. A., Woods, D. W., Franklin, M. E., Keuthen, N. J., Piacentini, J., and the Trichotillomania Learning Center-Scientific Advisory Board.  (2008).  Styles of pulling in children with trichotillomania:  Exploring differences in symptoms severity, phenomenology, and comorbid psychiatric symptoms.  Behavior Research and Therapy, 48, 1055-1061.



Christopher Flessner
Department of Psychology
Kent Hall RM, 325
Phone: 330-672-2236
Fax: 330-672-3786