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Mail Stop: 4225
Office Phone: (979) 862-3095
Other Title: Executive Director, Telehealth Counseling Clinic
Primary Emphasis Area: Counseling Psychology
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Short Bio
Timothy R. Elliott, Ph.D., ABPP, is a Professor in the Department of Educational Psychology in the College of Education and Human Development at Texas A&M University. He holds a joint faculty appointment with the School of Public Health at the Texas A&M Health Sciences Center. He is a licensed psychologist and holds board certification (ABPP) in rehabilitation psychology.

His research has examined adjustment processes among persons living with chronic and disabling health conditions, with particular emphasis on the role of social problem-solving abilities and other factors that predict adjustment following disability. This work has resulted in over 200 professional publications and federal grant funding for over 15 years (including support for five randomized clinical trials). His research team pioneered the use of long-distance technologies in providing problem solving training to family caregivers of persons with acquired disabilities, including the first randomized clinical trials of a psychological intervention for family caregivers of persons with spinal cord injuries, and for family caregivers of persons with traumatic brain injuries. In 2006, he was featured in the instructional DVD entitled, Caregiving, as part of the Psychotherapy Video/DVD Series on Relationships published by American Psychological Association.

Elliott is a member of the Defense Health Board's Neurological/Behavioral Health subcommittee that advises on psychological/mental health issues and neurological symptoms and conditions among service members and their families. He was a member of the Presidential Caregiver Task Force for the American Psychological Association. He served as Editor for Rehabilitation Psychology (2006-2011); currently, he is the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Clinical Psychology. He is the Executive Director of the Telehealth Counseling Clinic at the Texas A&M Health Science Center that provides mental health services to clients in five underserved counties in the Brazos Valley of Texas ( He is a recipient of several awards and honors and in 2015 received the Mitch Rosenthal Lectureship and Award from the Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (within the APA) for lifetime mentorship.
Research Interests
Disability and stress
Personal and familial adjustment following chronic illness
Publications (journal articles, books, book chapters)*

1. Kearns, N. T., Jackson, W. T., Elliott, T. R., Ryan, T., & Armstrong, T. W. (2018). Differences in level of upper limb loss on functional impairment, psychological well-being, and substance use: a brief report. Rehabilitation Psychology, 63, 141-147. Impact factor = 1.75.

2. Laird, V., Elliott, T. R., Brossart, D. F., Luo, W., Hicks, J. A., Warren, A. M., & Foreman, M. (2018). Trajectories of affective balance one year after traumatic injury: Associations with resilience, social support, and mild traumatic brain injury. Journal of Happiness Studies. doi: 10.1007/s10902-018-0004-1

3. Pendergrass, A., Hautzinger, M., Elliott, T., Schilling, O., Becker, C., & Pfeiffer, K. (2017). Depressive symptoms of stroke caregivers in association with care tasks, secondary stressors, and coping strategies: A path analysis. Rehabilitation Psychology, 62, 81-88.

4. Rath, J. F., Bertisch, H., & Elliott, T. R. (2017). Psychologists specializing in rehabilitation psychology. In R. J. Sternberg (Ed.), Career paths in psychology: Where your degree can take you (3rd Ed.) (pp. 227-243). Washington, D.C.: American Psychological Association.

5. Elliott, T., Hsiao, Y. Y., Kimbrel, N., Meyer, E., DeBeer, B., Gulliver, S. B., Kwok, O. M., & Morissette, S. B. (2017). Resilience and traumatic brain injury among Iraq/Afghanistan war veterans; Differential patterns of adjustment and quality of life. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 73. 1160-1178 *

6. *Armstrong, T. W., *Surya, S., Elliott, T. R., Brossart, D. F., & Burdine, J. N. (2016, February 18). Depression and Health-Related Quality of Life Among Persons With Sensory Disabilities in a Health Professional Shortage Area. Rehabilitation Psychology. Advance online publication. *

7. Elliott, T. R., Berry, J. W., Nguyen, H. M., Williamson, M. L. C., Kalpinski, R., Underhill, A., & Fine, P. R. (2016). Does participation mediate the prospective effects of burn injury severity, functional impairment and pain to quality of life? Journal of Health Psychology, 21, 2398-2408. (2015 citation impact factor = 2.01)

8. Elliott, T. (2016). External funding and competing visions for academic counseling psychology. The Counseling Psychologist, 44, 525-535. [Invited Commentary] (2015 citation impact factor = 1.16)

9. Poritz, J. M. P., Elliott, T., & Pfeiffer, K. (2016). Family caregivers of stroke survivors. In L. Burgio, J. Gaugler, & D. Algase (Eds.), The Spectrum of Family Caregiving for Adults and Elders with Chronic Conditions (pp. 58 - 85). New York: Oxford University Press

10. Barringer, N., Kotwal, R., Lewis, M., Funderburk, L., Elliott, T., Crouse, S., Smith, S., Greenwood, M., & Kreider, R. (2016). Fatty acid blood levels, vitamin d status, physical performance, activity and resiliency: A novel potential screening tool for depressed mood in active duty soldiers. Military Medicine, 181, 1114-1120. (2015 citation impact factor = .96)

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* Publication was joint-authored with students
Diss Publication was from a dissertation
ROS Publication was from a record of study

College of Education and Human Development Grants and Contracts
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Courses Taught
Former Doctoral Students
Ryan Thomas Blucker (Spring, 2011), Ph.D.
James Resch (Summer, 2011), Ph.D.
Kelly Caver (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Helene Cook (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Norma Erosa (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Caitlin Hernandez (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Jessica Hoslins (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Laura Stephens (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Neeta Ramkumar (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Edgar Villarreal (Summer, 2012), Ph.D.
Carly McCord (Summer, 2013), Ph.D.
Natalia Jimenez (Fall, 2013), Ph.D.
Meredith Willaimson (Summer, 2014), Ph.D.
Daniel Wright (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Richard Roberson (Summer, 2015), Ph.D.
Jessica Chang (Summer, 2016), Ph.D.
Araceli Lopez (Summer, 2016), Ph.D.
Julia Marie Paul Poritz (Summer, 2016), Ph.D.
Chantel Gale Frazier (Summer, 2017), Ph.D.
Tania Rendon Santiago (Summer, 2017), Ph.D.
Alejandra Danielle Sequeira (Summer, 2017), Ph.D.
Trey William Armstrong (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Elizabeth Tumlinson Brower Leuthold (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Jeremy J. Saenz (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Christine Marie Rosner (Summer, 2018), Ph.D.
Michaela V. Walsh (Fall, 2018), Ph.D.
Lauren Long Barron (Summer, 2019), Ph.D.
Editorial Positions

Editor (2011 - ). Journal of Clinical Psychology

Editorial Board Member (2004 - ). Journal of Clinical Psychology

Editorial Board Member (2004 - 2005). The Counseling Psychologist

Editorial Board Member (1999 - 2010). Journal of Clinical Psy in Med Settings

Assoc Editor (1999 - 2006). Journal of Clinical Psy in Med Settings

Editorial Board Member (1996 - ). Rehabilitation Psychology

Assoc Editor (1996 - 2005). Rehabilitation Psychology

Assoc Editor (1996 - 2002). Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology

Professional Leadership/Service (International/National)

(2007-2012). Advisory Board Member.  Project to Improve Symptoms and Mood after Spinal Cord Injury

(2001-2003). Board of Directors.  Liaison to Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologists and Social Workers

(2001-2002). Past President.  Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), American Psychological Association

(2000-2001). President.  Division 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), American Psychological Association

(1999-2000). President - Elect.  Div. 22 (Rehabilitation Psychology), American Psychological Association

(1998). Fellow.  Division 17, Society of Counseling Psychology, American Psychological Association

(1997). Fellow.  Division 38, Health Psychology, American Psychological Association

(1996). Fellow.  Division 22, Rehabilitation Psychology, American Psychological Association


(2017). Auburn University Outstanding Alumni Educator Awar.  College of Education at Auburn University presented me with Outstanding Alumni Educator Award in April 2017

(2017). Departmental Outstanding Service Award. 

(2017-2017). TAMU AFS Distinguished Achievement Award for resea.  TAMU Award

(2016). Division of Rehabilitation Psychology.  American Pscychology Association, August 2016 Awarded

(2015). Outstanding Mentor Award.  TAMU, 2015

(2015). Mitch Rosenthal Award.  Lifetime Mentorship and Memorial Lecture, Division of Rehab. Psychology

(2011). J. Aaron Resch.  Chief Resident of internship cohort at Lackland Air Force Base

(2009). Roger A Barker Award.  Division of Rehabilitation Psychology, presented at the annual convention of the American Psychological Association

(2007). Best Science Award and Invited Address.  Society of Counseling Psychology

(2004-2004). Dorothy Booz Black Award.  Outstanding Achievement in Counseling Health Psychology, Society of Counseling Psychology

(2002-2002). Essie Morgan Lifetime Research Award.  American Association of Spinal Cord Injury Psychologist and Social Workers

(1994). The Fritz and Linn Kuder Early Career.  Scientist/Practitioner Award, Division of Counseling Psychology (17), American Psychological Association

(1991). Early Research Achievement Award.  Division of Rehabilitation Psychology (22), American Psychological Association

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