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Thomas Ollendick

Thomas Ollendick

Faculty, Department of Psychology
Faculty, Clinical Science
Faculty, Developmental Science
Supervising Faculty, Psychological Services Center
Director, Child Study Center
Faculty, Child Assesment Clinic

I was born in rural Nebraska and reared on the family farm. The fourth of seven children, I am married, the father of two grown daughters, and the grandfather of four. My family has always come first in my life. My wife, Mary, and I are fortunate to be in good health and to be able to travel throughout the world and to spend summer and winter vacations with our children and their families.

In addition to traveling, my personal interests include gardening, photography, archeology, and most recently cycling.

In many respects, my students constitute an extended family. I maintain contact with many of them, enjoy learning about their personal and professional accomplishments, and continue to collaborate with them following graduation from VT.


  • 1999-2009 Clinical Child Psychology, Director Child Study Center, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • 1999-2013 Clinical Child Psychology, University Distinguished Professor, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • 1996-1997 Clinical Child Psychology, Sabbatical Leave, Monash University, Melbourne, Australia
  • 1988-1989 Clinical Child Psychology, Sabbatical Leave, Institute of Psychiatry, University of London, London, UK
  • 1980-1999 Clinical Child Psychology, Associate to Full Professor, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia
  • 1978-1979 Clinical Child Psychology, Sabbatical Leave, Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • 1972-1979 Clinical Child Psychology, Assistant to Associate Professor, Indiana State University, Terre Haute, Indiana
  • 1971-1972 Clinical Child Psychology, Postdoctoral Fellow, Devereux Foundation, Devon, Pennsylvania
  • 1967-1971 Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana
  • 1963-1967 B.S. Psychology, Loras College, Dubuque, Iowa


  • My research and professional interests center upon clinical child and adolescent psychology, developmental psychopathology, cognitive behavior therapy, and social learning theory.

    Thomas Ollendick

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