Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology
Lab: Integrated Behavioral Health (IBH) Lab
West Virginia University, B.A., 2011
Western Michigan University, M.A., 2014
Western Michigan University, Ph.D., 2017
Current Instructor: Advanced Psychopathology
Research Interests: Integrated Behavioral Health, Clinical Child/Pediatric Psychology, Contemporary Behavior
Therapies, Psychotherapy Process and Outcome
Phone: (316) 978-3720
Office: Jabara Hall Rm 430
My research focuses on integrating behavioral health services in pediatric primary
care settings. I am specifically interested in evaluating brief interventions in primary
care as well as enhancing the implementation of integrated care models. An overarching
value that guides my research is the ability to improve access to, and quality of,
behavioral health services for underserved populations.
A corresponding line of research relates to measuring theoretically proposed mechanisms
of action in contemporary behavior therapies (e.g., Acceptance and Commitment Therapy)
for youth and young adults.
Petts, R. A., Shahidullah, J. D., Kettlewell, P. W., & Dehart, K. D. (2018). Trainee perceptions
of a group-based standardized patient training for challenging behavioral health scenarios
in the United States. Journal of Education Evaluation for Health Professions, 15, 1-4. https://doi.org/10.3352/jeehp.2018.15.15.
Petts, R. A., Duenas, J. A., & Gaynor, S. T. (2017). Acceptance and commitment therapy for adolescent
depression: Application with a diverse and predominantly socioeconomically disadvantaged
sample. Journal of Contextual Behavioral Science, 6, 134-144.
Petts, R. A., Foster, C. S., Douleh, T. N., & Gaynor, S. T. (2016). Measuring activation in adolescent
depression: Preliminary psychometric data on the behavioral activation for depression
scale-short form. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 16, 65-80.
Maitland, D. W. M., Petts, R. A., Knott, L. E., Briggs, C. A., Moore, J. A., & Gaynor, S. T. (2016). A randomized controlled
trial of functional analytic psychotherapy versus watchful waiting: Enhancing social
connectedness and reducing anxiety and avoidance. Behavior Analysis: Research and Practice, 16, 103-122.
Fiske, A., Bamonti, P. M., Nadorff, M. R., Petts, R. A., & Sperry, J. A. (2013). Control strategies and suicidal ideation in older primary
care patients with functional limitations. International Journal of Psychiatry in Medicine, 46, 271-289.
Nadorff, M. R., Fiske, A., Sperry, J. A., Petts, R., & Gregg, J. J. (2013). Insomnia symptoms, nightmares, and suicidal ideation in older adults.
The Journals of Gerontology, Series B: Psychological Sciences and Social Sciences, 68, 145-152