• B.S., Psychology, Appalachian State University, 1996
  • M.A.., Clinical Psychology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 1998
  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology              Statistics/Quantitive Psychology, University of North Carolina, Greensboro, 2002
  • Pre-doctoral Internship, Clinical Psychology, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 2001-2002
  • Post-doctoral Internship, Public Health Psychology and Pediatric Psychology, Center for Pediatric Research, Eastern Virginia Medical School, 2003

Clinical Psychologist (# G810003612, Virginia 2006)

Research Interests

  • Depression in expecting and new parents
  • Issues in  fatherhood, father-focused childbirth preparation and parent education programs
  • Research design, multivariate statistical methods, structural equation modeling, human research ethics
  • Child and adolescent clinical psychology and pediatric behavioral medicine

Clinical Interests

  • Early childhood emotional and behavior problems
  • Behavior disorders
  • Attention Deficit/Hyperactivity Disorder
  • Behavior therapy
  • Parent education and training
  • Family difficulties

Honors and Awards

  • Peer Reviewer, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, 2007
  • National Institutes of Health Pediatric Research Loan Repayment Program Awardee 2006-2008
  • Virginia Beach City Public Schools Superintendent’s Quality Award, 2002
  • University of North Carolina at Greensboro Summer Graduate Research Award 1998, 1999, 2000
  • Graduated with Honors in Psychology, Bachelor of Science Degree

Professional Affiliations

  • Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, 1996-present
  • American Psychological Association, 1996-present
  • APA Division 12 (Clinical Psychology), 1996-present
  • APA Division 5 (Statistics, Methodology, and Assessment), 1998-present
  • Society for Prevention Research, 2003-present
  • APA Division 53 (Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology), 2002 -present
  • Institutional Review Board, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, 2003-present
  • Research and Advisory Committee, Eastern Virginia Medical School, Norfolk, VA, 2003-2004
  • Virginia Statewide Parent Education Workgroup, 2007-present
  • Virginia Statewide Parent Education Best Practices Subcommittee, 2007-present
  • Virginia Statewide Working Group on Parent Education, 2007 – present


Dauber, SD, Hogue, A, Paulson, JF, & Leiferman, JL. (in press)  Typologies of Alcohol Use in White and African American Adolescent Girls.  Substance Use and Misuse.

Flemmer, M, Rajab, H, Mathena, T, Paulson, JF, Perkins, S, Chiu, R, & McCullough, PA. (in press)  Dynamic changes in blood B-Type natriuetic peptide in patients with end-stage renal disease undergoing hemodialysis.  Southern Journal of Medicine.

Leiferman, JA, Dauber, SD, Heisler, KW & Paulson, JF.  (2008) Primary care physicians’ beliefs and practices toward maternal depresion.  Journal of Women’s Health, 17 (7), 1-8.

Paulson, JF, Dauber, S, & Leiferman, JA. (2006) Individual and Combined Effects of Maternal and Paternal Depression on Parenting Behavior.  Pediatrics, 118, 659-683.

Heisler, K.W., Starling, S.P., Edwards, H., & Paulson, JF. (2006). Child abuse training, comfort, and knowledge among emergency medicine, family medicine, and pediatric residents. Medical Education Online, 11, 1-10.

Paulson, JF, Buermeyer, CB, Nelson-Gray, RO.  (2005) Social rejection and ADHD in young adults: An Analogue study.  Journal of Attention Disorders, 8 (3), 127-135.

Nelson-Gray RO, Paulson JF. (2003). Behavioral assessment and the DSM system.  In Hersen, M. (Series Ed.), Haynes, S.N. & Heiby, E.H. (Vol. Eds.), Comprehensive Handbook of Psychological Assessment: Vol. 6: Behavioral Assessment. New York: Wiley Publication.

Paulson JF, LeFever GB, Gerrard L. (2003). A+ Behavior Group Leader Training Manual. Center for Pediatric Research, Norfolk, VA.

Manuscripts Under Review
Vinik, E, Hayes, RP, Oglesby, A, Bastyr, E, Paulson, JF, Ford-Molvik, S, Samigullin, R., & Vinik, A.  Comparison of German-Translated Norfolk Quality of Life (QOL-DN with the English Version in Patients with Different Severity Levels of Neuropathy.  Manuscript submitted to Diabetes Care.

Allen, K, Paulson, JF , & Sherman, WH.  The use of classroom management behavior strategies: Implications for school leadership and professional development.  Manuscript submitted to.Psychology in the Schools.

Neff, JA & Paulson, JF.  The complementary use of concept mapping and factor analysis in scale development.  Manuscript submitted to.Evaluation and Program Planning.

Assistant Professor of Pediatrics
Eastern Virginia Medical School

Division of Community Health & Research

E. V. Williams Hall
855 W. Brambleton Ave
Norfolk, VA 23510
Phone: (757) 668-6432, Fax: (757) 668-6475