Sarah Taber-Thomas


Sarah Taber-Thomas.

Sarah Taber-Thomas


Sarah Taber-Thomas


Research Interests

Dissemination and implementation of evidence-based treatments for children; parenting; child maltreatment; disruptive behavior disorders

Contact Information

Office: 171 Park Hall

Clinic: 168 Park Hall

Buffalo NY, 14260-4110

Phone: (716) 645-6888 (Office); (716) 645-3697 (Clinic)

Fax: (716) 645-6186


  • PhD, University of Iowa


I oversee the clinical training of advanced clinical psychology graduate students.  I am particularly interested in clinical training focused on evidence-based treatments (EBTs) for children and families.  I also teach a graduate course in Child Therapies.

My research focuses on two primary areas:  the risk factors for and consequences of child maltreatment; and the dissemination and implementation of EBTs for families at risk for maltreatment.  My overarching interest lies in research that informs our understanding of community-based behavioral health systems, in order to refine and enhance services available for high-risk families.  My clinical interests include disruptive behavior disorders, childhood trauma, behavioral parent training, and mindfulness-based interventions such as Acceptance and Commitment Therapy.

Selected Publications

  • Taber-Thomas, S. M., & Knutson, J. F. (in press). Association between mothers’ alcohol use histories and deficient parenting in an economically disadvantaged sample. Child Maltreatment
  • Herschell, A. D., Taber-Thomas, S. M., Kolko, D., & McLeod, B. (in press). ‘Treatment as usual’ for child physical abuse in community mental health centers: Therapist characteristics, client profiles and therapy processes. Journal of Emotional and Behavioral Disorders.
  • Scudder, A. T., Taber-Thomas, S. M., Schaffner, K., Pemberton, J. R., Hunter, L., & Herschell, A. D. (2017). A mixed-methods study of system-level sustainability of an evidence-based practice in 12 large-scale implementation initiatives. Health Research Policy and Systems, 15(102).
  • Herschell, A.D., Kolko, D.J., Scudder, A. T., Taber-Thomas, S. M., Schaffner, K. F., Hiegel, S.A., Iyengar, S., Chaffin, M., & Mrozowski, S. (2015). Protocol for a statewide randomized controlled trial to compare three training models for implementing an evidence-based treatment. Implementation Science, 10(1):133.
  • Langer, A., Taber-Thomas, S. M., Murray, A., Knutson, J. F., Lawrence, E., Valles, N., & Bank, L. (2013). Internalizing and externalizing symptoms in young children exposed to intimate partner violence: Identifying intervening processes. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(6), 945 – 955.
  • Taber, S. M. (2010). The veridicality of children’s reports of parenting: A review of factors contributing to parent-child discrepancies. Clinical Psychology Review, 30, 999-1010.
  • Knutson, J. F., Taber, S. M., Murray, A. J., Valles, N., & Koeppl, G. (2010). The role of care neglect and supervisory neglect in childhood obesity in a disadvantaged sample. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 35, 523–532.
  • Knutson, J. F., Lawrence, E., Taber, S. M., Bank, L., & DeGarmo, D. S. (2009). Assessing children’s exposure to intimate partner violence. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 12, 157–173.