Tara Eberhardt McKee

Associate Professor of Psychology

Science Center 3033

Phone: (315) 859-4216

Fax: (315) 859-4807

E-mail: tmckee@hamilton.edu


B.S. Biology, with Honors in Psychology


Bucknell University

Lewisburg, PA

M.A. Clinical Psychology


University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology


University of Connecticut

Storrs, CT

Research Interests

I am a clinical psychologist who strives to be a true scientist-practitioner by integrating my research interests with my clinical practice interests. My primary research centers on children and young adults with behavior disorders and their families. I am interested in using stress and coping theory to understand the impact of behavioral disorders, such as Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), on young adults’ transition to college, parents’ use of discipline, and parents’ ability to learn and implement behavior management techniques taught through parent training programs. Moreover, I have an interest in the application of stress and coping theory to other clinical areas such as the process of providing diagnostic feedback and dealing with chronic health problems such as stroke.

Teaching Interests

I greatly enjoy teaching Introductory Psychology, Statistics and Research Methods in Psychology, and supervising Senior Projects. As the clinical psychologist in the department I also teach the psychopathology courses: Adult Psychopathology and, in the near future, Child Psychopathology. My laboratory course, Research and Assessment in Clinical Psychology, introduces students to the vast array of assessment tools and techniques that are used by clinical psychologists in research and clinical settings. I have also taught an upper-level seminar on Behavioral Interventions in Applied Settings that guides students through the implementation of empirically-validated techniques in an elementary school setting.


Selected Publications and Presentations (Note: Hamilton student co-authors in red print)

Morris, A.T., & McKee, T.E. (in press). Disaster-related trauma and children: A proposed parent training program. Early Childhood Services: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Effectiveness.

McKee, T.E. (in press). Comparison of a norm-based versus criterion-based approach to measuring ADHD symptomatology in college students. Journal of Attention Disorders, 11, 677-688.

Gillen, R., Tennen, H., & McKee, T. (2007). The impact of the inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system on stroke program outcomes. American Journal of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86, 356-363.

Danforth, J.S., Harvey, E., Ulaszek, W.R. & McKee, T.E. (2006). The outcome of group parent training for families of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder and defiant/aggressive behavior. Journal of Behavior Therapy and Experimental Psychiatry, 37, 188-205.

Godleski, S.G., Schroth, E.A., Fiore, D.M., Shin, C., & McKee, T.E. (2005, April). Parental discipline and quality of relationships in first year college students with low and high ADHD symptomatology.  Poster presented at the 19th annual meeting of the National Council on Undergraduate Research (NCUR), Lexington, VA.

McKee, T.E., Schroth, E.A., Fiore, D.M., & Shin, C. (2005, April). The impact of ADHD symptomatology on college adjustment in young adults.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Atlanta, GA.

McKee, T.E., Fiore, D.M., Schroth, E.A., & Shin, C. (2005, April). ADHD symptomatology and peer relationships in young adults.  Poster presented at the biennial meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development (SRCD), Atlanta, GA.

Gillen, R., Tennen, H., & McKee, T.E. (2005). Unilateral spatial neglect:  Relationship with rehabilitation outcomes in right hemisphere stroke patients. Archives of Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, 86, 763-767.

McKee, T.E., Harvey, E., Danforth, J.S., Ulaszek, W.R., & Friedman, J.L. (2004). The relation between parental coping styles and parent-child interactions before and after treatment for children with ADHD and oppositional behavior. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 33, 158-168.

Harvey, E.A., Danforth, J.S., McKee, T.E., Ulaszek, W.R., & Friedman, J.L. (2003). Parenting of children with attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD): The role of parental ADHD symptomatology. Journal of Attention Disorders, 7, 29-40.

McKee, T.E., Harvey, E.A., Danforth, J.S., & Ulaszek, W.R. (2002, June). Parental coping style relates to parent psychopathology and parenting behavior. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Society (APS), New Orleans, LA.

McKee, T.E., & Ptacek, J.T. (2001). I’m afraid I have something bad to tell you: Breaking bad news from the perspective of the giver. Journal of Applied Social Psychology, 31, 246-273.

Ptacek, J.T., Pierce, G.R., Eberhardt, T.L., & Dodge, K.L. (1999). Parental relationships and coping with life stress. Anxiety, Stress, and Coping: An International Journal, 12, 427-453.

Ptacek, J.T., Fries, E.A., Eberhardt, T.L., & Ptacek, J.J. (1999). Breaking bad news to patients: Physicians’ perceptions of the process. Journal of Supportive Care in Cancer, 7, 113-120.

Ptacek, J.T., & Eberhardt, T.L. (1996). Breaking bad news: A review of the literature. Journal of the American Medical Association, 276, 496-502.


Invited Addresses (Note: Hamilton student co-authors in red print)

McKee, T.E. (2006). ADHD: What Is It and Why Should College Professors Care? Invited Address, Hamilton College, March, 2006. Clinton, NY.

McKee, T.E., & Rogers, T. (2004). Transition to College as a Special Education Student. Invited Address, New Hartford High School, November, 2004, New Hartford, NY.

McKee, T.E., & Schroth, E.A. (2004). Transition to College as a Special Education Student. Invited Address, New Hartford High School, May, 2004, New Hartford, NY.

McKee, T.E. (2004). The Role of Coping Styles in the Parenting of Children and Adolescents with Externalizing Problems. Invited Address, Bucknell University, February, 2004, Lewisburg, PA.

Clinical Experience

Professional Licensure in Psychology, State of NY, 2004-present

Clinical Workshop, St. Elizabeth Hopsital Residency Program, March, 2005. Assessment of Pervasive Developmental Disorders.

Clinical Workshop, New Hartford School District, February, 2005. Making the Transition: Helping your Teenager with ADHD Adjust to College Life.

Parent Training Program, Hamilton College, Fall, 2004. Co-led a parent training program with Adam Morris for parents of children who had experienced community violence.

Child Psychology Intern, The Virginia Beach City Public School System, July 2001-July2002. Activities included assessment of children ages 2-18 for special education services, individual therapy, group therapy, crisis intervention, and consultation.

Psychology Extern, The Virginia Treatment Center for Children, Division of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, Medical College of Virginia/Virginia Commonwealth University, July 2000-April 2001. Activities included individual and family therapy with day treatment and residential patients, assessment, and multi-disciplinary team meetings.

Graduate Clinician, Psychological Services Clinic, University of Connecticut, September 1998-June 2000. Activities included assessment and individual therapy for children and families.

Service Provider, McLaughlin and Associates Birth to Three Providers, September 1999-June 2000. Activities included assessment, parent-toddler group therapy, and in-home therapy.

Honors and Awards

The John R. Hatch, Class of 1925, Excellence in Teaching Award, Hamilton College, 2005
Hewlett Pluralism and Unity Grant Recipient, Hamilton College, 2004
Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, University of Connecticut Research Foundation, 2000
Pre-doctoral Fellowship, University of Connecticut Department of Psychology, 1997, 1999, 2000
Sigma Xi, 1996
Knight/Bucknell Research Fellowship, Bucknell University, 1995
Phi Beta Kappa, Bucknell University, 1995

Hobbies and Interests

My daughter Sophie, dogs, scrapbooking and other crafty pursuits, vegetarian cooking, watching movies, singing, and tennis