Faculty Directory

Christine Kemp

Christine Kemp, Ph.D.

Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies

Contact Information

119B Gifford Building
1570 Campus Delivery
Colorado State University
Fort Collins, CO 80523-1570

Phone: 970-491-5093
Fax: 970-491-7975
E-mail: ck.kemp@colostate.edu

Research Interests

Currently my research and practice focuses on the developmental impact of childhood trauma. In the CFCT clinic I conduct and supervise comprehensive assessments on children and adolescents with a history of trauma. Assessments include neurocognitive testing, a psychosocial interview, and collaboration with other professionals serving the child and/or family. Results from assessments are meant to take into account the impact of trauma on topics such as treatment, placement, education, and/or family relationships for the child. The center works closely with a variety of professionals such as guardian ads litem, therapists, social workers, psychiatrists, and educators, as well as family members with the aim of protecting the child and building resilience in the context of a safe environment.


B.S., 2010, Psychology, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
M.S., 2012, Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University
Ph.D., 2015, Applied Developmental Science, Colorado State University

Honors and Awards

2012-2014 - CSU Pearle E. Betts Graduate Scholarship
2013 - Colorado State University Professional Development Grant
2013 - Compact Service Corps AmeriCorps Careers in the Common Good Scholarship

Professional Experience

2015-present: Clinical Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Studies, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

2015-present: Child Trauma and Resilience Assessment Center Clinician, Colorado State University

2011-present: Couple and Family Therapist, Fort Collins, CO

2010-2015: Research Assistant, Department of Human Development and Family Studies, Colorado State University

Selected Publications

Lunkenheimer, E. S., Albrecht, E. C., & Kemp, C. J. (2013). Dyadic flexibility in early parent–child interactions: Relations with maternal depressive symptoms and child negativity and behavior problems. Infant and Child Development, 22, 250-269.

Lunkenheimer, E. S., Kemp, C. J., & Albrecht, E. C. (2013). Contingencies in mother-child teaching interactions and behavioral regulation and dysregulation in early childhood. Social Development, 22, 319-339.

Lunkenheimer, E. S., Kemp, C. J., Lucas-Thompson, R.G., Cole, P.M., & Albrecht, E. C. (under review). The Parent-Child Challenge Task: A tool for assessing biobehavioral self-regulation and coregulation in early childhood.

Lunkenheimer, E., Lichtwarck-Aschoff, A., Hollenstein, T., Kemp, C. J., & Granic, I. (under review). Parent and Child Risk Factors Influence the Consistency of Real-Time Parenting Behavior.

Center Affiliations

Center for Family and Couple Therapy

Thematic Research Areas

  • Treatment, Intervention, & Prevention Science
  • Risk, Resilience, & Developmental Psychopathology