Kristi Guest, PhD

Civitan International Research Center & Sparks Clinics
The University of Alabama at Birmingham
933 19th Street South, CH19 Room 307(Location)
1720 2nd Avenue South, CH19 Room 307 (Mailing)
Birmingham, AL 35294-0021
 
Phone: 205-934-1096
Email: kguest@uab.edu
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Last Updated: July 19, 2012

Kristi Guest
 

Primary Activity Coordinators: Clinical Services
Project/Program/Clinic Contacts: Psychologist/Disability Coordinator
 
Discipline(s): Psychology
Education: Early Intervention/Early Childhood
Human Development/Child Development
 
AUCD Council Membership: No Council Membership
 
Research: children with an Autism Spectrum Disorder, social development, children at-risk for abuse and neglect, children living in poverty, children of adolescent mothers, and children of substance abuse
Education: Ph.D. - Developmental Psychology, Cross-cultural perspectives in child development, Social development
Service: UAB Civitan/Sparks Autism Clinic, UAB Early Head Start Program

Vita/Bio

Kristi Carter Guest, Ph.D.
Curriculum Vitae

ADDRESS

Community Health 19 Room 118F
1530 3rd Avenue South
Birmingham, Alabama 35294-2041
Phone: (205) 934-1096; Fax (205) 975-8097
Email: kguest@uab.edu
EDUCATION
Post-doctoral Fellow, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Center for Learning and Developmental Disabilities, University of Alabama at Birmingham, August 1999 - August 2000
Ph.D., Psychology, Developmental Psychology Specialty, University of Alabama at Birmingham, August 1999, Graduate GPA 3.88
M.A., Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, March 1998
B.S., Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, June 1994, Magna Cum Laude, Honors in Psychology, GPA 3.71, Psychology GPA 4.0
FACULTY AND ADMINISTRATIVE POSITIONS
Assistant Professor, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Department of Psychology, Civitan International Research Center-Sparks Clinics, August 2003 - Present
Project Administrator, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Center for Learning and Developmental Disabilities, August 2000 - July 2003
Data Collection Coordinator, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Center for Learning and Developmental Disabilities, August 2000 - October 2001
HONORS
•· Maternal and Child Health Bureau Training Fellowship, University of Alabama at Birmingham, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Clinics (September 1997 - August 1998 and September 1998 - August 1999)
•· School of Behavioral Science Instruction Fellowship, University of
Alabama at Birmingham (September 1995- August 1996 and September 1996- August 1997)
•· Graduated with Honors in Psychology, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1994
•· Graduated Magna Cum Laude, University of Alabama at Birmingham, 1994
•· Who's Who Among Students of American Colleges and Universities, 1994
•· Honor's Program, 1993-1994
•· Psi Chi President (National Honor Society in Psychology), 1993
•· Psychology Club Treasurer, 1993
•· Honors Convocation, 1993
•· Psi Chi Charter Member, 1992
•· Golden Key National Honor Society, 1992
•· Alpha Epsilon Delta National Honor Society, 1991

GRANTS and CONTRACTS

"Predicting and Preventing Neglect in Teen Mothers"
National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, National Institutes of Health (1R01 HD39456-01A1), September 18, 2001 - May 31, 2006
$991,256 (Co- Principal Investigator; John Borkowski, Principal Investigator for 4-site project)
"Children's Trust Fund Web-based Evaluation Project - Phase 2"
Children's Trust Fund, July 1, 2003 - September 30, 2004
$175,620 (Co-Investigator; Robin Lanzi, Principal Investigator)

"Children's Trust Fund Evaluation Project"

Children's Trust Fund, January 1, 2001 - June 30, 2003
$359,716 (Co-Investigator; Robin Lanzi, Principal Investigator)
"Centers for the Prevention of Neglect: Development Project" Pilot Subcontract
Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, July 1, 2000 - June 30, 2003
$150,000 (Co-Investigator; John Borkowski, Principal Investigator for 4-site project)
"Children's Trust Fund Evaluation Project - Welfare-to-Work and Database Management"
Children's Trust Fund, January 1, 2000 - December 31, 2000
$180,000. (Co-Investigator; Robin Lanzi, Principal Investigator)

MANUSCRIPTS

Guest, K. C., & Biasini, F. J. (2001). Middle childhood, poverty, and adjustment: Does social support have an impact? Psychology in the Schools, 38, 549-560.
Lanzi, R.G., Ramey, S.L., Lefever, J.B, Guest, K.C., Atwater, J. & Hughes, K. (2007). Cell phone methodology for research and service with high risk mothers and children. NHSA Dialog: A Research-to-Practice Journal for the Early Intervention Field 10 (1), 58-66.
Lefever, J. B., Howard, K. S., Lanzi, R. G., Borkowski, J. G., Atwater, J., Guest, K. C., Ramey, S. L., Hughes, K. P., & the Centers for Prevention of Child Neglect (2008). Cell phones and the measurement of child neglect: The validity of the parent-child activities interview. Child Maltreatment, 13 (4), 320-333.
Atwater, J., Lefever, J.B., Guest, K.C., Selig, J., Keener, L., & Weaver, C. (2010). Becoming a parent for the first time: A structural model of adolescent and adult mothers' cognitive readiness to parent during pregnancy and their observed parenting at 4 and 8 months. Manuscript in preparation for publication.
Guest, K. C., & Biasini, F. J. (2010). Influences of poverty and drug abuse on children's stress, self-esteem, adjustment, and social support. Manuscript in preparation for publication.
Guest, K.C., Lanzi, R.G., & Ramey, S.L. (2010). How does parenting stress influence child development and what role does maternal social support play? Manuscript in preparation for publication.
Gilbert, K.K. & Guest, K.C. (2010). A more comprehensive model of social support and related outcomes for adolescent mothers and their children. Manuscript in preparation for publication.
Keener, L.J., Guest, K.C., & Lanzi, R.G. (2010). Factors affecting self-mastery and parental efficacy in adolescent and adult mothers. Manuscript in preparation for publication.
Keener, L.J., Guest, & K.C. (2010). Adult and adolescent parenting: Differences in maternal knowledge of infant development and parenting style. Manuscript in preparation for publication.
PROFESSIONAL CONFERENCE PRESENTATIONS
O'Kelley, S.E., Guest, K., Munger, S.M., Bailey, K.J., Biasini, F.J., & Griffith, E. M. (2010, May). Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children Referred for Developmental Assessment: Guiding Efficient Assessment Practices within a Tertiary Clinic Setting. Poster presented at the 2010 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Philadelphia, PA.
Griffith, E.M., O'Kelley, S.E., Perez, T., Biasini, F.J., Guest, K., & Bailey, K.J. (2010, May). Use of the Social Responsiveness Scale as a Screening Tool for Children Referred for Evaluation of Developmental Disabilities. Poster presented at the 2010 International Meeting for Autism Research (IMFAR), Philadelphia, PA.
O'Kelley, S.E., Guest, K., Munger, S.M., Bailey, K.J., Biasini, F.J., & Griffith, E. M. (2010, February). Screening for Autism Spectrum Disorders in Young Children Referred for Developmental Assessment: Preliminary Findings. Poster presented at the 9th Annual Alabama Autism Conference, Tuscaloosa, AL.
Lanzi, R.G., Lefever, J.B., Guest, K.C., Patchen, L. & the Centers for the Prevention of Child Neglect (2009, November). Early Maternal Depression in Relation to Parenting and Child Outcomes. Paper presented at the 137th American Public Health Association annual meeting in Philadelphia, PA.
Lanzi, R.G., Lefever, J.B., Guest, K.C., & the Centers for the Prevention of Child Neglect (2009, April). Fluctuations in Early Maternal Depression and Parenting and Child Outcomes. Poster presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Denver, Colorado.
Lanzi, R. G., Guttentag, C., Baggett, K. M., Lefever, J. B., Guest, K. C., Lerner, E., Mattei, J., Willard-Noria, C., & the Centers for the Prevention of Child Neglect (2007, November). Ethical issues in conducting research with low-income mothers and their babies: Implications for practice and policy. Research Ethics Forum. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association 135th Annual Meeting & Exposition, Washington, DC.
Lefever, J.B., Guest, K.C., Franklin, F.A., and Borkowski, J. (2007, March). Childhood Risk for Obesity: The Influence of Early Maternal Risk and Association with Concurrent Social Competence. In Robin Lanzi and Jen Burke Lefever (Chairs), Precursors of Childhood Neglect and Developmental Delays: The Parenting for the First Time Project. Symposium conducted at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Boston, Massachusetts.
Akai, C.E., Smith, L.E., Klerman, L.V., Keltner, B.R., & Guest, K.C. (2007, March). Obstacles to Identification for Children with Early Indicators of Developmental Delays. In John Borkowski (Chair), Early Risk for Developmental Delays among Children of First Time Mothers: Two Year Findings from the Parenting for the First Time Project. Symposium conducted at the 40th Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Annapolis, Maryland.
Atwater, J., Lefever, J.B., Guest, K.C., Selig, J., Keener, L., & Weaver, C. (2006, June). Becoming a parent for the first time: A structural model of adolescent and adult mothers' cognitive readiness to parent during pregnancy and their observed parenting at 4 months. In Judith Carta (Chair), A first look at young parents and potential risk indicators of negative parenting and child neglect. Symposium conducted at Head Start's 8th National Research Conference, Washington, D.C.
Lanzi, R.G., Ramey, S.L., Atwater, J., Baggett, K., Guest, K.C., Guttentag, C., Lefever, J.B., Lerner, E., Mattei, J., Noria, C., and Centers for the Prevention of Child Neglect (2006, May). Predicting and Preventing Child Neglect Among High-risk Mothers: New Methodological Advances, Best Practices, and Lessons Learned. Paper presentation at the 2006 Prevent Child Abuse America National Conference, San Diego, Califorina.
Keener, L.J., Guest, K.C., & Lanzi, R.G. (2005, August). Self-mastery and parenting efficacy in adolescent and adult mothers. Poster session presented at the meeting of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
Lanzi, R.G., Lefever, J.B., Ramey, S.L., & Guest, K.C. (2005, April). The relationship of maternal self-report of childhood neglect and abuse to current attitudes towards parenting and their parenting "models." Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Atlanta, Georgia.
Guest, K.C., Lanzi, R.G., & Ramey, S.L. (2003, April). An in-depth analysis of 2 cellular phone interview formats. In R.G. Lanzi and S.L. Ramey (Chairs), Teen parenting and child neglect: Methodological advancements through the use of cellular phones. Paper symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Tampa, Florida.
Lanzi, R.G., & Guest, K.C. (2001, April). Diversity of families within poverty: Family strengths and challenges. In R.G. Lanzi and S.L. Ramey (Chairs), Successful transitions to school: Research findings and policy implications from a 31-site randomized trial. Paper symposium conducted at the meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Minneapolis, Minnesota.
Guest, K.C., & Biasini, F.J. (2000, March). The social development of preschool children living in poverty with and without prenatal drug-exposure and children in middle income families. Poster session presented at the Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, San Diego, CA.
Guest, K. C., & Biasini, F. J. (1999, April). A longitudinal analysis of the social development of children prenatally drug-exposed. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Albuquerque, NM.
Guest, K. C., Conerly, R. C., & Biasini, F. J. (1998, April). Social development of children prenatally drug-exposed. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the International Society for Infant Studies, Atlanta, GA.
Conerly, R. C., Guest, K. C., & Biasini, F. J. (1998, April). Longitudinal cognitive development of children prenatally drug-exposed. Poster session presented at the biannual meeting of the International Society for Infant Studies in Atlanta, GA.
Guest, K. C., & Biasini, F. J. (1998, March). Self-Esteem, psychological adjustment, and social support of children with and without drug-abusing mothers. Poster session presented at the 31st Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities in Charleston, SC.
Guest, K. C., & Biasini, F. J. (1998, March). Perceptions of social support and family characteristics of children with and without drug-abusing mothers. Poster session presented at the 15th Biennial Conference on Human Development in Mobile, AL.
Conerly, R. C., Guest, K. C., & Biasini, F. J. (1996, March). Family characteristics and child outcome in a substance abusing population. Poster session presented at the 29th Annual Gatlinburg Conference on Research and Theory in Mental Retardation and Developmental Disabilities, Gatlinburg, TN.
Michela, V. L., Guest, K. C., & Redden, D. T. (1996, March). Differential importance of social skills across different ethnic groups. Poster session presented at the 14th Biennial Meeting of the Conference on Human Development, Birmingham, AL.
GRADUATE RESEARCH TRAINING
Post-doctoral Fellowship, Civitan International Research Center, University of Alabama at Birmingham (August 1999 - August 2000)
Fellowship involved research experience, grant writing, clinical services, and administrative duties. Research experience involved facilitating the research team that established the design of the evaluation and assessments to be conducted with the UAB Early Head Start families. Additional research experience was gained through co-coordinating the statewide Children's Trust Fund Evaluation Project of the Welfare-to-Work Programs. Responsibilities included overseeing data collection procedures, analytical strategies, and dissemination of information at the local and state levels. Grant writing experience was obtained through preparing and writing grants to foundations and the federal government. Clinical services were performed through developmental assessments conducted with the children in the UAB Early Head Start Program, including the Bayley Scales of Infant Development, Differential Ability Scales, Kent Inventory of Developmental Skills, Bates Infant Temperament Scales, Child Behavior Checklists, and MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory. Administrative skills were gained through supervising research assistants, graduate students and data collectors; coordinating and managing the daily activities of the projects; coordinating statewide meetings regarding the project; and analyzing and reporting information to the principal investigators, Drs. Sharon L. Ramey, Robin G. Lanzi, and Fred J. Biasini.
Dissertation Research, Comprehensive Child Development Program (January 1998 - July 1999)
Synthesized the results of an extensive literature review and wrote a theoretical paper entitled "A Review of Social Competency and the Social Development of Preschool Children Living in Poverty and Children with Prenatal Drug-Exposure." Dissertation research examined the social development of children living in poverty with and without prenatal drug-exposure and children from middle-income families. Defended and completed dissertation research entitled "The Social Development of Preschool Children Living in Poverty with and without Prenatal Drug-Exposure and Children in Middle Income Families." Chair and Principal Investigator: Fred J. Biasini.
Master's Thesis Research, Comprehensive Child Development Program (January 1997 - December 1997)
Independently completed all aspects of research including proposal, design, subject recruitment and scheduling, data collection, entry, and analysis, and preparation of the final manuscript. Developed and tested models examining the relationship among stress, social support, psychological adjustment, and self-esteem of African American children living in poverty. Wrote two research articles explaining the results of the study. One has been published in a scientific journal and the other is in the process of submission.

CLINICAL PSYCHOLOGY TRAINING

Conducted clinical assessments on over 550 children-trained and proficient in administering and interpreting the following child assessments:
Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS), Bayley Scales of Infant Development II, Differential Ability Scales, Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised, Vineland Adaptive Behavior Inventory, Child Behavior Checklists, Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test III, Beery Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, Matching Familiar Figures Test, Child Attention Problems Scale, Conners' Continuous Performance Test, Restricted Academic Task, the Human Figure Drawings, Kent Inventory of Developmental Skills, Bates Infant Temperament Scales, and MacArthur Communicative Development Inventory.
UAB Early Head Start Program, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Clinics UAB (July 1999 - Present)
Provide cognitive assessments and screenings to children living in poverty enrolled in an intensive three-year intervention program. Wrote summary reports, which interpreted the results of testing. (Note: This is part of a national program of interventions funded by the Administration of Children, Youth, and Families.)
Autism Clinic, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Clinics UAB (October 2007 - Present)
Conduct assessments with children in the Autism Clinic to determine if they have Autism Spectrum Disorder (ASD)/Pervasive Developmental Disorder (PDD). Administered, scored, and interpreted the Autism Diagnostic Observation Schedule (ADOS) assessments of children between the ages of 2 and 12. Consult with the Autism Clinic team to discuss findings and recommendations. Completed summary reports conveying diagnostic impressions to assist families, schools, and providers with treatment and service programs.
Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) Clinic, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Clinics (January 1999 - August 1999)
Completed assessments, summary reports, feedback sessions with the family, and referrals of children and adolescents presenting with ADHD characteristics. Evaluations included administration and interpretation of the Peabody Picture Vocabulary Test III and the Beery Developmental Test of Visual-Motor Integration, the Matching Familiar Figures Test, the Child Attention Problems Scale, the Conners' Continuous Performance Test, the Restricted Academic Task-in clinic structured observational behavior ratings, and the Human Figure Drawings. In addition, Child Behavior Checklists obtained from teachers and parents were scored and interpreted. Supervisor: Bart Hodgens, Ph.D.
Child Development Clinic, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Clinics (September 1996 - December 1998)
Administered, scored, and interpreted cognitive, adaptive, and behavioral assessments of children between the ages of 3 and 10 with developmental, learning, behavioral, or health concerns. Testing included the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II, the Differential Ability Scales, the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised, the Vineland Adaptive Behavior Inventory, and the Child Behavior Checklist. Participated in multidisciplinary Child Development staff meetings to discuss findings and recommendations. Completed reports conveying diagnostic impressions and referrals. Supervisors: Fred Biasini, Ph.D., Jane Weilenman, Ph.D., and Shirley Robinson, Ph.D.
Comprehensive Child Development Program, Civitan International Research Center, UAB (June 1996 - December 1996)
Provided cognitive assessments to prenatally drug-exposed children living in poverty enrolled in an intensive five year intervention program. Wrote summary reports which interpreted the results of testing. (Note: This is part of a national demonstration and research program of interventions funded by the Administration of Children, Youth, and Families.)
Infant Toddler Clinic, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Clinics (September 1996 - December 1998)
Conducted developmental evaluations of infants from 8 months to 3 years of age. Assessed children using the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II and the Vineland Scales of Adaptive Behavior. Summary reports including recommendations were compiled after reviewing the medical history, completing and interpreting the psychology evaluation, and attending the multidisciplinary staff meetings. Supervisors: Fred Biasini, Ph.D., Jane Weilenman, Ph.D., and Shirley Robinson, Ph.D.
Multiple Disabilities Clinic, Civitan International Research Center, Sparks Clinics (September 1996 - December 1998)
Provided psychological evaluations of children and adolescents with multiple needs and disabilities including cerebral palsy, mental retardation, speech/language disorders, genetic disorders, and vision or hearing disorders. Conducted cognitive, adaptive, and behavioral assessments. Consulted with the multidisciplinary team to orchestrate appropriate individual plans including their family. Supervisors: Fred Biasini, Ph.D. and Jane Weilenman, Ph.D.
Newborn Follow-Up Clinic, Children's Hospital of Alabama (September 1995 - October 1999)
Provided developmental screenings for children 12 months to 7 years of age typically born prematurely and diagnosed as Low Birthweight. Cognitive assessments included the Bayley Scales of Infant Development II, the Differential Ability Scales, and the Wechsler Intelligence Scale for Children-Revised. Wrote brief summaries indicating the interpretations of the tests and necessary referrals. Supervisor: Fred Biasini, Ph.D.
UNIVERSITY TEACHING EXPERIENCE
Terms Courses
Spring 2007, Fall 2007, Developmental Psychology, Professor, Department of
Spring 2008, Spring 2009, Psychology, UAB
Spring 2010
Spring 2007, Fall 2010 Social Development (Graduate and Undergraduate), Professor, Department of Psychology, UAB
Fall 2008 Cross-Cultural Perspectives on Child Development Winter 1997 and Fall 1998 Professor, Department of Psychology, UAB

SERVICE

•· Birth to Five Statewide Initiative, Birmingham Steering Committee (1999 - 2004)

•· Central Alabama Early Intervention Council Member (2001 - Present)

•· Central Alabama Early Intervention, Training Committee (2002 - Present)

UAB Collaboration for Autism Research, Education and Service (2008 - Present)