Oliver Johnston

Graduate Student, Clinical Psychology (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My research interests focus on the identification and developmental psychopathology of disruptive behavior disorders. I am interested specifically in how Oppositional Defiant Disorder symptoms can be measured in adulthood, the stability of symptoms across the lifespan, and their respective implications for understanding a more comprehensive developmental trajectory into internalizing and other externalizing disorders. Additionally, I have interest in studying the factors that influence engagement in mental health services for disruptive behavior problems. In particular, investigating parents’ perceptions of the etiology, severity, and stability of their child’s behavioral problems, and how that shapes their likelihood to engage in services. Under the mentorship of Dr. Jeffrey Burke at the University of Connecticut, I am currently assisting on a pilot study to develop and test the feasibility of a Cognitive-Behavioral group treatment for parents and their children (age 7-11) exhibiting significant levels of chronic irritability. Before coming to the University of Connecticut, I worked as a research assistant at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic on a NIMH-funded statewide trial comparing three training models for implementing Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT) in community-based mental health centers across Pennsylvania.


University of Pittsburgh, 2014, Bachelors of Science in Psychology, Minor in Neuroscience

Contact Information
Mailing AddressDepartment of Psychological Sciences
406 Babbidge Rd., Unit 1020
Storrs, CT 06269-1020