Ohio University

Sean Tams

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Graduate Student

Year of Entry

Fall 2014

Program

Clinical Child Psychology

Adviser

Dr. Brian Wymbs

Research Interests

Tams’ research interests include interventions for children and adolescents with ADHD and comorbid disorders. Specifically, Tams is interested in parent-child interactions and how characteristics of these interactions can influence evidence-based treatments and interventions.

Curriculum Vitae

Sean T. Tams, B.S.
Department of Psychology
Ohio University
200 Porter Hall
Athens, OH 45701
740-593-1707
st544613@ohio.edu

Education

Ohio University, Athens, OH, August 2014-present

APA-Accredited Doctoral Program in Clinical Psychology Track: Child Clinical

Master of Science, August 2017

Thesis: Modeling Longitudinal Associations between Parenting Practices and Child Externalizing Behavior from Pre-school to Adolescence

Advisor: Brian Wymbs, Ph.D.

Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA Bachelor of Science, Magna Cum Laude, August 2010-May 2014

Major: Psychology

Minor: General Business

Honors Thesis: Examining Cognitive Ability and Impairment in African American Children with and without Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder

Advisor: Heather Jones, Ph.D.

Awards and Honors

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Travel Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University ($300) 2013

Undergraduate Research Opportunities Program Travel Grant, Virginia Commonwealth University ($300) 2012

Psi Chi, National Honor Society in Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University 2012-2014

Provost Scholarship, Virginia Commonwealth University 2010-2014

Honors College, Virginia Commonwealth University 2010-2014

Research Experience

Enhancing the Tools for Faculty to Conduct Federally Funded Research July 2015-present

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Present REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) training sessions to university faculty, deliver information at department meetings, create training materials, develop project templates, and compile project data dictionaries.

Supervisor: Steven Evans, Ph.D.

Camp Boost April 2015-present

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Coordinate recruitment of study participants, create electronic surveys via REDCap, create recruitment materials, and provide administrative support. Supervisors: Brian Wymbs, Ph.D. & Fran Wymbs, Ph.D.

Family Transitions Study October 2014-May 2016

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Created and organized study materials, drafted research proposal for IRB, and supervised research assistants.

Supervisor: Brian Wymbs, Ph.D.

African American Parenting Study January 2012-June 2014

Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Recruited study participants, assisted with administrative tasks in research lab, monitored child participants using behavior management techniques, entered data into SPSS and Microsoft Excel databases, and served as lead coder for videos of parent-child interactions using Dyadic Parent-Child Interaction Coding System (3rd edition, DPICS). Participated in general lab and research team meetings.

Supervisor: Heather Jones, Ph.D.

College Student Study August 2012-January 2013

Department of Psychology, Virginia Commonwealth University

Served as peer mentor to four college students with ADHD. Implemented academic interventions and motivational interviewing strategies with assigned mentees, maintained intervention folders for each student, attended individual and group supervision each week, and gave case presentation at end of semester. Entered data from psychosocial and achievement measures into Microsoft Excel. Attended lab meetings.

Supervisor: Joshua Langberg, Ph.D.

Clinical Experience

BASICS and Bystander/Social Norms Interventions August 2015-Present

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Co-lead group interventions with undergraduate men sanctioned for violating university alcohol use policies. Utilize Motivational Interviewing techniques to promote behavior change that reduces alcohol use, rape myth acceptance, and unhealthy sexual norms, and increases bystander behavior. Participate in semi-regular group supervision.

Supervisors: Christine Gidycz, Ph.D. & Ryan Shorey, Ph.D.

Psychology and Social Work Clinic January 2018-May 2018

Graduate Student Supervisor

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Provided intermediate supervision to graduate students conducting comprehensive psychological evaluations in the context of a child assessment course. Held weekly supervision meetings to discuss relevant clinical material. Checked assessment protocols for scoring accuracy. Completed live observation and audio/video observation of sessions.

Supervisor: Julie Owens, Ph.D.

Department of Pediatric Psychology and Neuropsychology August 2017-May 2018

Student Clinician

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Conducted individual and family outpatient therapy with children and adolescents presenting with comorbid psychological and medical issues, including chronic pain, feeding difficulties, and type 1 diabetes. Participated in medical clinics serving children and adolescents with burn injuries and those receiving surgical oncological treatment. Participated in weekly individual and group supervision. Attended semi-regular didactics and case presentations.

Supervisors: Catherine Butz, Ph.D., Nicole Dempster, Ph.D., Lauren Garbacz, Ph.D., Sarah VerLee, Ph.D., & Tammi Young-Saleme, Ph.D.

Camp BOOST March 2017-July 2017

Clinical Supervisor

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Co-supervised recruitment and assessment of children and adolescents with and without ADHD. Delivered didactic training to undergraduate and graduate student counselors and teaching staff. Provided joint clinical supervision to counselors and teaching staff who utilized an evidence-based behavior modification system in a three-week summer camp setting. Supervised graduate students who led psychoeducational workshops for parents.

Supervisors: Brian Wymbs, Ph.D. & Fran Wymbs, Ph.D. Co-Clinical Supervisor: Joel Wyatt, M.S.

Child Development Center September 2016-April 2017

Student Clinician

Nationwide Children’s Hospital, Columbus, OH

Conducted interdisciplinary psychological assessments of children and adolescents with intellectual and neurodevelopmental disabilities. Participated in weekly individual and group supervision. Attended monthly professional development seminars.

Supervisor: Barbara Mackinaw-Koons, Ph.D.

Psychology and Social Work Clinic August 2015-May 2017

Student Clinician

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Delivered empirically-based treatments to child, adolescent, and adult clients presenting with internalizing, externalizing, and adjustment-related symptoms on a long-term outpatient basis at a community-based training clinic. Conducted comprehensive psychodiagnostic and psychoeducational assessments of children and adolescents. Participated in weekly individual and group supervision.

Supervisors: Brian Wymbs, Ph.D., Fran Wymbs, Ph.D., & Chantel Weisenmuller, Ph.D.

Camp BOOST July 2015-July 2016

Lead Counselor

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Utilized evidence-based behavior modification system for children and adolescents with and without ADHD in a three-week summer camp setting. Provided supervision to four undergraduate counselors, designed and implemented daily recreational activities, and delivered behavioral feedback to parents of youth. Co-led parenting workshop focused on strategies for managing homework completion difficulties.

Supervisors: Brian Wymbs, Ph.D. & Fran Wymbs, Ph.D.

Work Experience

REDCap System Administrator July 2017-Present

Office of Research, Ohio University

Coordinate and deliver REDCap (Research Electronic Data Capture) training workshops to university faculty, staff, and students. Provide ongoing technical assistance to system users in conjunction with university IT staff. Consult with project staff seeking to utilize REDCap for research or organizational support.

Supervisor: Steven Evans, Ph.D.

Blood Donor CARE Project (R01 HL127766) February 2016-January 2017

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Create REDCap projects for recruitment and data collection for the NIH/NHLBI- funded Blood Donor Competence, Autonomy and Relatedness Enhancement (Blood Donor CARE) project. Provide technical assistance to project coordinator and participate in semi-regular project meetings.

Supervisors: Christopher France, Ph.D. & Janis France, Ph.D.

DISC-IV REDCap Programming December 2015-May 2016

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Atlanta, GA

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Created REDCap instruments for all parent-report modules of the Diagnostic Interview Schedule for Children (DISC-IV) used in CDC epidemiological studies. Participated in semi-regular conference calls to describe project updates and respond to feedback from supervisors.

Supervisors: Joseph Holbrook, Ph.D., M.P.H. & Susanna Visser, Dr.P.H., M.S.; Steven Evans, Ph.D. & Julie Owens, Ph.D.

Teaching Experience

Graduate Teaching Assistant January 2018-May 2018

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Supervised graduate students learning to administer child assessment instruments, including the WISC-V, WJ- IV, P-ChIPS, and CTOPP-2. Provided verbal and written feedback to students after practice administrations. Graded mock assessment reports. Delivered guest lecture on evidence-based assessment of autism spectrum disorder and intellectual disability.

Course: Child and Adolescent Assessment

Guest Lecturer January 2017

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Presented two lectures on child development theoretical perspectives and research to an undergraduate-level psychology class.

Course: Child and Adolescent Psychology

Teaching Assistant January 2015-May 2015

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Graded undergraduate student writing assignments and exams.

Course: Child and Adolescent Psychology

Guest Lecturer September 2014

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Presented a lecture on ADHD to an undergraduate-level psychology class.

Course: Psychological Disorders of Childhood

Teaching Assistant August 2014-May 2015

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Created online quizzes and proctored exams for undergraduate students.

Course: Psychological Disorders of Childhood

Publications

Tams, S. T., & Wymbs, B. T. (2018). Modeling longitudinal associations between parenting practices and child externalizing behavior from preschool to adolescence. Manuscript in preparation.

Wymbs, B. T., Dawson, A. E., Egan, T. E., Sacchetti, G. M, Tams, S. T., & Wymbs, F. A. (2017). ADHD and depression symptoms in parent couples predicts response to child ADHD and ODD behavior. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 45, 471-484. doi: 10.1007/s10802-016-0220-2

Presentations

Tams, S. T., & Wymbs, B. T. (2018). Modeling longitudinal associations between maternal parenting practices and child externalizing behavior from preschool to adolescence. Poster presentation under review.

Tams, S. T., & Wymbs, B. T. (2015, November). Parenting self-efficacy and overt marital discord predict parenting and interparental communication quality for parents of children with and without ADHD. Poster session presented at the 49th annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) convention in Chicago, IL.

Rabinovitch, A. E., Jones, H. A., Eddy, L. D., Tams, S. T., & Booth, S. E. (2013, November). Perceptions of behavioral treatment preferences among African American mothers of children with ADHD. Poster session presented at the 47th annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) convention in Nashville, TN.

Tams, S. T., Jones, H. A., Borschuk, A. P., & Rabinovitch, A. E. (2013, November). ADHD knowledge among African Americans: A review of the literature. Poster session presented at the 47th annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) convention in Nashville, TN.

Tams, S., Jones, H. A., Rabinovitch, A. E., Bilge-Johnson, S., & Fishel, H. (2012, November). Construct validity of the Inventory of Suicide Orientation in psychiatric inpatient youth. Poster session presented at the 46th annual Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) convention in National Harbor, MD.

Peer Review – Primary Reviewer

Family Process 2016

Peer Review – Student Reviewer

Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology 2017

Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology 2016

Training Experience

Diversity Workshop, Julie Suhr, Ph.D. & Matthew Perlman, M.S. 2018

Motivational Interviewing for Clinical and Non-Clinical Populations, Brian Borsari, Ph.D. 2017

Risk Assessment and Safety Planning, Meredith Adams, LISW-S & Emily Jarvis, LISW-S 2017

Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule—Second Edition (ADOS-2) Training, Ethan Rivera, B.A. 2016

Advanced SEM II: Missing Data Issues in SEM, Multi-level SEM and Latent Interactions CARMA Short Course, Robert Vandenberg, Ph.D. 2016

Advanced SEM I: Measurement Invariance, Latent Growth Modeling & Nonrecursive Modeling CARMA Short Course, Robert Vandenberg, Ph.D. 2016

Assessment of Children’s Behavioral, Social, and Clinical Functioning, Jerome Sattler, Ph.D. 2016

SafeZone for Healthcare Professionals, delfin bautista, MSW, M.Div. 2015

Intermediate SEM: Model Evaluation CARMA Short Course, Larry Williams, Ph.D. 2015

Introduction to Structural Equation Methods CARMA Short Course, Larry Williams, Ph.D. 2015

Mediation and Moderation CARMA Short Course, Mark Gavin, Ph.D. 2014

Meta-Analysis and Systematic Reviews CARMA Short Course, Michael McDaniel, Ph.D. 2014

Conferences Attended

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 50th Annual Convention October 2016

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 49th Annual Convention November 2015

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 48th Annual Convention November 2014

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 47th Annual Convention November 2013

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 46th Annual Convention November 2012

Membership in Professional Organizations

Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies 2012-present

Certifications

Collaborative Institution Training Initiative (CITI) 2012-present

Relevant Volunteer Experience

Camp Assistant January 2015

Saturday Fun Camp, West Side Elementary School

Assisted with child drop-off and pick-up, supervised lunch and recess periods for a large group of K-5th grade students, and utilized child behavior management techniques.

Teaching Mentor January 2014-May 2014

Higher Achievement, Boushall Middle School

Taught lessons in core academic subjects to a small group of 6th graders, implemented behavior management techniques, and modeled program values of Spirit, Open-minded, Amazing, and Respect (SOAR).

Service Activities

Student Representative April 2015-April 2016

Graduate Representative Council (GRC)

Department of Psychology, Ohio University

Served as a representative of the Child Clinical program on the GRC Admissions Committee. Communicated with prospective applicants to provide relevant information about interview weekend scheduling and accommodations. Organized and executed dinners, campus tours, and graduate student panels that occurred on interview weekends. Attended bi- monthly meetings and voted on council legislation.