Kevin Armstrong

Kevin Armstrong

Associate Professor
Psychology
Magruder Hall, Rm 311
(662) 325-7657
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Education

  • B.A., Carleton College, 1982
  • Ph.D., Illinois Institute of Technology, 1992

Research Interests

  • Attention-Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder and externalizing disorders in teens/emerging adults
  • Nonprescription stimulant use in teens/emerging adults

Administrative & Service Roles

  • Graduate Coordinator (10/15 to present)
  • Assistant Department Head & Graduate Coordinator (1/03 to 6/12)
  • Member, Clinical Psychology Training Program Committee (9/97 to present)
  • Member, University Human Subjects Institutional Review Board (9/16 to present)
  • Past member College (8/12 to 5/15) & University (8/02 to 5/05) Committees on Curricula & Courses

Teaching 

  • Graduate
    • Ethics & Professional Issues in Clinical Psychology
    • Behavior Therapy
    • Clinical Supervision
  • Undergraduate
    • Behavior Modification
    • Abnormal Psychology
    • Other courses as needed

 (Note: Student names bolded below)

Dissertations Chaired (since 2012)

Joanna Hachtel “Predictors and correlates of nonprescription stimulant use”  Proposed 09/16, Defended 07/17

Brittany Kinman “Using the Health Belief Model to identify factors that prevent non-prescription stimulant use”  Proposed 09/16  (Co-chair with Dr. Kristina B. Hood)

Master’s Theses Chaired (since 2012)

Melanie Morse “Testing an experimental manipulation of social desirability and its impact on substance use self-report in late adolescents”  Defended 03/12

Hannah Morton “Current trends in researcher methodology regarding the Asperger’s Disorder diagnosis: Implications for the DSM-5 revision” (Co-chair with Dr. Jared Keeley)   Defended  04/12

Claire Kirk “Sex differences in how ADHD is sampled and studied in high-impact discipline representative journals”  Defended 05/12

Brittany Kinman “Perceptions on nonprescription stimulant use among college students: Sharing and selling behaviors”  Defended 12/14

Joanna Hachtel “Illicit use of ADHD stimulant medications: Gender differences in Perceptions of Risk”  Defended 08/15

Morgan Dorr “Impairment in adult ADHD”  Proposed 11/16

Kara Nayfa “Racial (and gender) differences in risk/benefit perceptions of illicit use of prescription stimulants by college students” Scheduled 11/17 proposal
 

Professional Conference Presentations (since 2012)

Morse, M., & Armstrong, K. J. (2012, August). An experimental manipulation of social desirability on substance use self-report among adolescents. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando.

Morton, H., Keeley, J., & Armstrong, K. J. (2012, August). Current trends in researcher methodology regarding the Asperger’s Disorder diagnosis. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Orlando.

Kirk, C., Hurdish, E., Roussin, L., Peterson, D., Ballard, E., Finnegan, A., Mauldin, E., Smith, M., & Armstrong, K. J. (2012, November). ADHD girls in high impact journal samples: Areas of improving and inadequate representation.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Timmons, T., Morton, H. E., Keeley, J. W., & Armstrong, K. J. (2012, November). Research assessment methodologies used for the ‘Asperger’s Disorder’ diagnosis.  Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Hurdish, E., Morton, H. E., Keeley, J. W., & Armstrong, K. J. (2012, November). Intellectual assessment methodologies used to describe the ‘Asperger’s Disorder’ diagnosis. Poster session presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Morse, M., & Armstrong, K. J. (2012, November). Can a simple manipulation of social desirability change late adolescents’ attitudes towards substance use by peers?  Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, National Harbor, MD.

Morse, M. C., & Armstrong, K. J. (2013, August). Parental factors, social desirability, and perceived risk of marijuana use among adolescents. Poster presented at the 121st annual meeting of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.

Kinman, B., Murphy, D. P., Hachtel, J. C., Carney, E. E., Bates, K., Armstrong, K. J. (2014, March). Prescription sharing by roommates, not family, predicts stimulant medication diversion. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. Nashville, TN.

Kinman, B., Hachtel, J. C., Bates, K., Carney, E. E., Murphy, D. P., Armstrong, K. J. (2014, March). Prevalence of sharing and selling of nonprescription stimulant medication. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. Nashville, TN.

Hachtel, J. C., Kinman, B., Bates, K., Carney, E. E., Murphy, D. P., Armstrong, K. J. (2014, March). Stimulant medication misuse by honors students and Greek organization members. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. Nashville, TN.

Hachtel, J. C., Kinman, B., Carney, E. E., Bates, K., Pagan, C., Whittle, J. L., Hood, K., & Armstrong, K. J. (2014, November). Nonprescription stimulant misuse on campuses - Not just a Greek male problem. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the   Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.

Kinman, B., Hachtel, J. C., Rieves, A. K., Hood, K., & Armstrong, K. J. (2014, November). College student use of prescribed and nonprescribed stimulants: Gender, appetite suppression, and body dissatisfaction. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA. 

Hachtel, J. C., Cain, T. D., Pagan, C. P., Power, A. K., McCain, O., & Armstrong, K. J. (2015, November). College student misuse of nonprescription stimulants, alcohol, and energy drinks by Greek status and ADHD Hyperactive/Impulsive self-ratings. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for the Behavioral & Cognitive Therapies, Chicago, IL.

Hachtel, J. C., & Armstrong, K. J. (2016, March). Illicit use of stimulant medications: Gender differences in risk perception. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Kinman, B., Hatchel, J., Messina, B. G., Armstrong, K. J. (chair), & Hood, K. B. (chair). (2016, March). Risk factors for non-prescription stimulant use. Symposium presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.

Dorr, M. M., Hachtel, J. C., & Armstrong, K. J. (2016, November). Sensitivity and specificity of the ADHD assessor versus screener in a college sample. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York.

Hachtel, J. C., Dorr, M. M., & Armstrong, K. J. (2016, November. Disapproval of non-medical use of prescription stimulants linked to purpose and frequency. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York.

Hachtel, J. C., & Armstrong, K. J. (2017, March). Illicit use of prescription stimulants and aggressive and risky behaviors. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. Atlanta, GA.

Dorr, M. M., Hachtel, J. C., & Armstrong, K. J. (2017, March). Evidence for self-medication of ADHD symptoms by students without prescriptions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. Atlanta, GA.

Nayfa, K., Hachtel, J. C., & Armstrong, K. J. (2017, March). African American college students’ nonprescription stimulant use and risk/benefit perceptions. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association. Atlanta, GA.

Dorr, M. M., & Armstrong, K. J. (2017, November). Risk and benefit perceptions for illicit use of prescription stimulants by upperclassmen vs. freshmen. Poster to be presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, San Diego.

Publications

Kinman, B., Armstrong, K. J., & Hood, K. B. (2017). Perceptions of risks and benefits among nonprescription stimulant consumers, diverters, and non-users. Substance Use and Misuse, 52, 1256-1265.

Manuscripts under review (refereed journals)

Hachtel, J. C., & Armstrong, K. J.. Understanding prevalence estimates of collegiate illicit use of stimulant medications: Factors to consider. Submitted to Substance Use and Misuse.

Manuscripts in development

Dorr, M. M., & Armstrong, K. J.. Emerging adult ADHD: Self-report of symptoms, impairment, and executive functioning. Nearly completed thesis project.

Morse, M. C., Armstrong, K. J., & Flory, K.. Does manipulating perceived peer attitudes of marijuana impact late adolescents’ reported use?  The role of social desirability.

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Master’s Theses Chaired before 2012 at Mississippi State University

Heath Patterson "Perceived credibility of eyewitness testimony."  Defended 06/00.

Natalie Cowles   "Barriers to father involvement in mental health interventions for children." Defended 06/00. 

Lindsay Myers    “A survey of published researchers: Which ADHD participant characteristics should be documented?”  Defended 07/02.

Jesse Hartley     “Review of documentation of ADHD diagnostic practices reported in a sample of high impact journals”  Defended 06/03.

Laura Dawkins   “An empirical review of researchers’ AD/HD diagnostic practices reported in high impact pediatric, psychology and psychopharmacological journals”  Defended 03/04.

Ji Hee Hong        “Documentation of AD/HD diagnostic practices in high impact Korean psychology and psychiatry journals”   Defended 06/05.

Shawanda (Gales) Holmes       “A survey of clinical practitioners:  Which ADHD participant characteristics should researchers document?   Defended 05/06.

Nichol Pritchard “Educational video impact on college student knowledge, opinions, and referral attitudes regarding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity”   Defended 07/08

Shane Davis       “Educational video impact on preservice teacher knowledge, opinions, and referral attitudes regarding Attention-Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder”   Defended 06/08

Rebecca Roberts           “Review of diagnostic methods in the most cited articles for Anorexia Nervosa, Bulimia Nervosa, and Binge-Eating Disorder”   Defended 06/08

Lindsay Klyce    “Assessing parent-child agreement on an eating disorder symptom questionnaire”   Defended 10/08

Lindsey McKay  “Parental attributions for ADHD: Predicting treatment choices, treatment acceptability, and treatment satisfaction”    Defended 06/09

 

(Last updated 2017, November)