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Department of Psychology

College of Arts & Sciences

Andrea D Clements, PhD

Andrea D Clements PhD

Professor and Assistant Chair
Department of Psychology
Contact:
423-439-6661 /
409 Rogers-Stout

Who am I?

As a full professor in a PhD granting Experimental Psychology program, I specialize in research methodology, evaluation design, instrument selection, and I love mentoring students in research. I spend much of my professional and personal time trying mobilize the faith community to address addiction through my work with the Holy Friendship Collaborative, and a colleague and I have taught about adverse childhood experiences (ACEs) and trauma informed care to over 3000 individuals in more than 50 trainings over the past 3 years. Much of my research has been in the area of religion/health connections, and I have published in the areas of religiosity, health, and substance abuse. I'm active in the Society of Behavioral Medicine and the Conference on Medicine and Religion.

HeART Lab 
Health ♥ Addiction ♥ Religion ♥ Trauma

Lab Staff

Graduate Students

Larry Childress, MA 
Valerie Hoots, MA 
Joey Barnet, BS 
Joey Tucciarone BS, MPH

Undergraduate Students 

Rose Stephens 
Kaelyn Bishop  
Hannah Mathely 
Andy Asllani 
Brittney Stubbs 
Amanda Trent 
Emily Brady

Publications since 2010

Clements, A. D., & Cyphers, N. A. (In press). Prenatal substance use: Religious women report lower use rates, but do they use less? Journal of Prevention & Intervention in the Community (Special issue: Religion and Health in Community), 48(1).

Cyphers, N. A., & Clements, A. D. (In press). The Religious Surrender and Attendance Satisfaction Scale. Journal of Christian Nursing.

Clements, A. D., & Cyphers (2018). Addressing intimate partner violence: Development of a trauma informed workforce [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, Supplement 1, S149.

Clements, A. D., Henninger, M. W., Rothman, E. F., & Newton, T. (2018). Symposium entitled Intimate partner violence predicts poor health, but maybe help is on the way? [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, Supplement 1, S149.

Henninger, M.W., McAdams, M., Clements, A. D., Rothman, E. F., & Bailey, B. A. (2018, April). Intimate partner violence victimization and opioid use by pregnant women in rural Appalachia: A cross-sectional analysis [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, Supplement 1, S149.

Stephens, R., Clements, A. D., Hoots, V., & Bailey, B. (2018). The relationship between breastfeeding practices and postpartum depressive symptoms in Appalachian women [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, Supplement 1, S517.

Stubbs, B., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2018). An exploration of whether religiousness predicts eating behaviors, weight concerns, or weight gain in pregnancy [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 52, Supplement 1, S519.

Clements, A. D., Haas, B., & Hoots, V. (2017, March-April). ACEs, intrinsic religiosity, and compassion in “helping professionals” targeted for trauma-informed care training. Symposium: Caring for trauma survivors: Caregiver characteristics, compassion fatigue, and outcomes of a spiritual intervention [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 51(Suppl 1), S429. DOI: 10.1007/s12160-017-9903-3

Park, C. L., Masters, K. S., Salsman, J., Wachholtz, A., Clements, A., Salmoirago-Blotcher, E., Trevino, K., & Wischenka, D. (2017). Advancing our understanding of religion and spirituality in the context of behavioral medicine. Journal of Behavioral Medicine, 40(1), 39-51. DOI: 10.1007/s10865-016-9755-5

Cyphers, N., Clements, A. D., & Lindseth, G. (2016, online first). The relationship between religiosity and health-promoting behaviors in pregnant women. Western Journal of Nursing Research. DOI: 10.1177/0193945916679623

Clements, A. D., Fletcher, T. R., Childress, L. D., Montgomery, R. A., & Bailey, B. A. (2016). Social support, religious commitment, and depression among pregnant and postpartum women. The Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34(3), 247-259.

Fletcher, T., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2016). Identifying intimate partner violence during pregnancy in prenatal care settings. International Journal of Health Sciences Education, 3(1).

Clements, A. D., & Cyphers, N. A. (2016, March-April). Church Attendance and Intrinsic Religiosity Predict a Lower Likelihood of Hypertension in 18 to 60 Year Olds. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 50(Supplement).

Cyphers, N. A., Clements, A. D., & Ralph, J. (2016, March-April). The Relationship between Religiosity

and Health-Promoting Behaviors in Pregnant Women at Pregnancy Resource Centers. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 50(Supplement).

Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. A. (2015). Predicting prenatal care utilization: Pregnancy intention, marital status, education, and religiosity. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 49(2 Supplement), S207.

Bailey, B. A. & Clements, A. D. (2015). Postpartum smoking relapse: The role of family in the health behavior choices of new mothers. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 49(2 Supplement), S166.

Clements, A. D., Fletcher, T., Cyphers, N. A., Ermakova, A. V., & Bailey, B. (2015). RSAS-3: Validation for a very brief measure of religious commitment for use in health research. Journal of Religion & Health. 54(1), 134-152 DOI: 10.1007/s10943-013-9791-1.

Clements, A. D., Fletcher, T. R., & Bailey, B. A. (2014). Depression is more prevalent throughout pregnancy and the first six months postpartum in women low in religious commitment and social support. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 47(Supplement 1), S133.

Clements, A. D., Fletcher, T. R., McGrady, L. & Bailey, B. A. (2013). Marital status and religious commitment predict prenatal tobacco, alcohol, and illicit substance use in southern Appalachia. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(2 Supplement), S254.

Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., McGrady, L. & Bailey, B. A. (2013). Religious commitment and depression during pregnancy. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 45(2 Supplement), S46.

Clements, A. D. (2012). Cortisol measurement in developmental research: Where do we go from here? Developmental Psychobiology, doi: 10.1002/dev.21025

Clements, A. D. (2012). Home school programs. In Hattie, J., & Anderman, E. M. (eds.) International Guide to Student Achievement, (pp. 445-447). Florence, KY: Routledge Publishers.

Clements, A. D., & Ermakova, A. V. (2012). Surrender to God and stress: A possible link between religiosity and health. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality. 4, 93-107. doi:10.1037/a0025109

Clements, A. D., Ermakova, A. V., & Bailey, B. A., (2012). Religious commitment predicts lower incidence of preterm birth in rural Appalachian women. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 43(1 Supplement), S124.

Ermakova, A. V., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. A., (2012). Religious commitment as a predictor of decreased blood pressure in high-risk pregnancies of Southern Appalachia. Annals of Behavioral Medicine 43(1 Supplement), S43.

Clements, A. D., & Ermakova, A. V. (2011). Religious attendance versus religious surrender as a measure of prenatal stress. [Abstract]. Annals of Behavioral Medicine, 41, S121-S121.

Bailey, B. A., McCook, J. G., Clements, A. D., & McGrady, L. (2011). Quitting smoking during pregnancy and birth outcomes: Evidence of gains following cessation by third trimester. Journal of Obstetric Gynecologic & Neonatal Nursing, 40, Volume 40, Issue Supplement s1, pages S98–S99 DOI:10.1111/j.1552-6909.2011.01243_17.x

Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. A. (2010). The Relationship between temperament and anxiety: Phase I in the development of a risk screening model to predict stress-related health problems, Journal of Health Psychology, 15, 515-525. doi:10.1177/1359105309355340

Presentations since 2010 

Henninger, M.W., McAdams, M., Clements, A. D., Rothman, E. F., & Bailey, B. A. (2018, April). Intimate partner violence victimization and opioid use by pregnant women in rural Appalachia: A cross-sectional analysis. Presented as part of a symposium entitled Intimate partner violence predicts poor health, but maybe help is on the way? At the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Clements, A. D., & Cyphers, N. (2018, April). Addressing intimate partner violence: Development of a trauma informed workforce. Presented as part of a symposium entitled Intimate partner violence predicts poor health, but maybe help is on the way? At the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Stephens, R., Clements, A. D., Hoots, V., & Bailey, B. (2018, April). The relationship between breastfeeding practices and postpartum depressive symptoms in Appalachian women. Poster presented at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Clements, A. D. (2018, April). The Roots of Trauma-Informed Care: Love Thy Neighbor? Paper presented at the 7th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, St. Louis, MO.

Stubbs, B., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2018, April). An exploration of whether religiousness predicts eating behaviors, weight concerns, or weight gain in pregnancy. Poster submitted for presentation at the 39th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Stubbs, B., Hoots, V., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2018, April). Psychosocial well-being and efforts to quit smoking in pregnant women of rural Appalachia. Presentation at the National Conference on Undergraduate Research, Oklahoma City, OK.

Bishop, K., Mathely, H., Asllani, A., Barnet, J., Clements, A. D., & Norman, K. (2018, April). Perception and acceptability of violence in video games, movies, and news. Presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Bailey, B. V., Hoots, V. M., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. A. (2018, April). The relationships among prenatal drug exposure and social fear, inhibitory control, and head circumference. Presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Pugh, K. C., Clements, A. D., & Hirsch, J. K. (2018, March). The Surrender to God Scale: Psychometric validation and psychological correlates. Poster presentation at the 64th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association: Charleston, SC.

Stubbs, B., Hoots, V., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2018, March). Psychosocial well-being and efforts to quit smoking in pregnant women of rural Appalachia. Poster presentation at the 64th Annual Conference of the Southeastern Psychological Association: Charleston, SC.

Cyphers, N. A., Clements, A. D. (2017, October). Caring for foster children in the hospital setting. Presented at the 14th Annual Regional Pediatric Nursing Conference, Wilmington, DE.

Clements, A. D., Haas, B., & Bastian, R. G. (2017, October). Progress in the development of a trauma informed system of care in Johnson City, Tennessee. Presentation at the Adverse Childhood Experiences Southeastern Summit 2017:  The Art of Healing ACES, Asheville, NC.

Bailey, B. A., Wood, D., Clements, A. D., Proctor-Williams, K., Boynewicz, K., Trivette, C., & Justice, N. (2017, June). Polydrug use and other risk factors among women receiving MAT during pregnancy: Challenges for research on health and developmental effects in infancy and beyond. Poster presented at the 57th Teratology Society Annual Meeting, Denver, Colorado.

Cyphers, N. A., Clements, A. D. (2017, March-April). Religiosity and Diet in a College and Community Setting. Poster presented at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific Session, San Diego, CA.

Clements, A. D., Haas, B., & Hoots, V. (2017, March-April). ACEs, Intrinsic Religiosity, and Compassion in “Helping Professionals” Targeted for Trauma-Informed Care Training. Symposium: Caring for trauma survivors: Caregiver characteristics, compassion fatigue, and outcomes of a spiritual intervention. Symposium presentation at the Society of Behavioral Medicine Annual Meeting and Scientific Session, San Diego, CA.

Stephens, R., Clements, A. D., Daught, D., & Bailey, B. (2017, March). The relationship between breastfeeding practices and postpartum depressive symptoms at six months postpartum in Appalachian women. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Clements, A. D., & Cyphers, N. A. (2016, March-April). Church Attendance and Intrinsic Religiosity Predict a Lower Likelihood of Hypertension in 18 to 60 Year Olds. Poster presented at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Cyphers, N. A., Clements, A. D., & Ralph, J. (2016, March-April). The Relationship between Religiosity and Health-Promoting Behaviors in Pregnant Women at Pregnancy Resource Centers. Oral presentation at the 37th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., & Bailey B. (2016, March). Intimate partner violence during pregnancy in Appalachian women. Poster presented at the Southeastern Psychological Association Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.

Childress, L. D., & Clements, A. D. (2016, March). Shifts in Ritual Response to Loss Due to Death:  An Assessment of Funeral Service Mourning Trends over Time. Presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, East Tennessee State University, Johnson City, TN.

Clements, A. D., & Cyphers, N. A. (2015, April). "Identifying as Religious" and "Strength of Religious Commitment" Predict Substance Use Rates, but "Type of Religion" Does Not. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. A. (2015, April). Predicting prenatal care utilization: Pregnancy intention, marital status, education, and religiosity. Poster presented at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Bailey, B. A. & Clements, A. D. (2015, April). Postpartum smoking relapse: The role of family in the health behavior choices of new mothers. Oral presentation given at the 36th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Cyphers, N. A., & Clements, A. D. (2015, March). Religious Surrender and Attendance Satisfaction Scale: Validation of an instrument for healthcare practice and research, Oral presentation at the 4th Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, Boston, MA.

Petgrave, D. K., Polaha, J., Littleton, M. A., & Clements, A. D. (2015, February). ADHD management in pediatric primary care: Time is not on our side. Poster presented at the 10th annual meeting of the Primary Care and Prevention Research Day: Johnson City, TN.

Cyphers, N. A., & Clements, A. D. (2014, June). Satisfaction with religious commitment:  Assessment of Readiness for Enhanced Religiosity, Oral presentation as a Podium Presentation at the 4th Biennial Innovations in Faith-Based Nursing Conference, Indiana Wesleyan University, Marion, IN.

Clements, A. D., Fletcher, T. R., & Bailey, B. A. (2014, April). Depression is more prevalent throughout pregnancy and the first six months postpartum in women low in religious commitment and social support. Oral presentation at the 35th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, Philadelphia, PA.

Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., McBee, M., & Bailey, B. (2014, April). Prevalence, types, risk factors, and course of intimate partner violence in Appalachian pregnant women. Oral Presentation at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Lambert, J. L., & Clements, A. D. (2014, April). Lived experiences of formerly incarcerated adults traveling on the road to rehabilitation. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Sarvis, N. Q., Clements, A. D., & Fletcher, T. R. (2014, April). Salivary cortisol levels of working therapy dogs. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Russell, S., Bastian, R. G., Fletcher, T., McGrady, L., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2014, April). Inattention and risk factors for unplanned pregnancy. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Clements, A. D., Cyphers, N. A., & Childress, L. D. (2014, March). Is experimentally increasing religiosity taboo? Oral presentation at the 3rd Annual Conference on Medicine and Religion, Chicago, IL.

Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., McGrady, L. & Bailey, B. (2013, May). Intimate partner violence screening tools: Validation for rural pregnant women. Oral Presentation at the Midwestern Psychological Association Annual Conference, Chicago, IL.

Bastian, R. G., Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2013, April). Effect of maternal effortful control on breastfeeding continuation. Poster Presentation at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Montgomery, R. A., Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2013, April). Religious      commitment predicts substance use in pregnant women. Poster Presentation at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2013, April). Intimate partner violence screening tools: Are they valid for rural pregnant women? Oral Presentation at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Fletcher, T. R., McGrady, L., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. (2013, April). Perceptions of smoking cessation barriers during pregnancy. Poster Presentation at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Clements, A. D., Fletcher, T. R., McGrady, L. & Bailey, B. A. (2013, March). Marital status and religious commitment predict prenatal tobacco, alcohol, and illicit substance use in southern Appalachia. Oral presentation at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., McGrady, L. & Bailey, B. A. (2013, March). Religious commitment and depression during pregnancy. Poster presented at the 34th Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Francisco, CA.

Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., Bailey, B. A., & McGrady, L. (2012, April). Stress, self-esteem, and smoking during pregnancy. Rapid Communication Poster presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Clements, A. D., Ermakova, A. V., & Bailey, B. A. (April, 2012). Religious commitment predicts lower incidence of preterm birth in rural Appalachian women. Poster presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Ermakova, A. V., Clements, A. D., & Bailey, B. A. (April, 2012). Religious Commitment as a predictor of decreased blood pressure in high-risk pregnancies of Southern Appalachia. Poster presented at the 33rd Annual Meeting of the Society of Behavioral Medicine, New Orleans, LA.

Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., Bailey, B., & McGrady, L. (2012, April). Religious surrender and attendance scale predicts prenatal depression. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., Bailey, B., & McGrady, L. (2012, April). Stress, self-esteem, and pregnant smokers. Oral Presentation at the 2012 Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

John, K. H., Fletcher, T. R., Clements, A. D., Bailey, B., & McGrady, L. (2012, April). Perceptions of smoking health risks during pregnancy: Comparison of smokers and non-smokers. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Clements, A. D., & Ermakova, A. V. (2012, February). Religious commitment predicts lower incidence of preterm birth in rural Appalachian women. Oral presentation at the East Tennessee State University 8th Annual Primary Care and Prevention Research Day, Johnson City, TN

Bailey, B. A., McCook, J. G., Clements, A. D., & McGrady, L. (June, 2011). Infant birth outcomes among substance abusing women: Why quitting smoking is just as important as quitting harder drugs. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Denver, CO.

Bailey, B. A., McCook, J. G., Hodge, A. L., Clements, A. D., & McGrady, L. (June, 2011). Quitting smoking during pregnancy and birth outcomes: Evidence of gains following cessation by third trimester. Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the Association of Women’s Health, Obstetric and Neonatal Nurses, Denver, CO.

Bailey, B. A., Clements, A. D., Scott, J., & McGrady, L. (April, 2011). Prenatal smoke exposure and language outcomes at 15 months: Social aspects of communication versus expressive and receptive language. Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Clements, A. D., Ermakova, A. V., & Bailey, B. A., (April, 2011). Measuring religiosity and risk in a prenatal population: Attendance, prayer, influence or surrender to predict developmental risk? Poster presented at the Biennial Meeting of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Quebec, Canada.

Bailey, B. A., Clements, A. D., Scott, J., & McGrady, L. (April, 2011). Prenatal smoke exposure and language outcomes at 15 months: Social aspects of communication versus expressive and receptive language. Poster presented at the Primary Care and Prevention Research Day, East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN.

Clements, A. D., & Ermakova, A. V. (April, 2011). Religious attendance versus religious surrender as a measure of prenatal stress. Oral presentation at the Annual Meeting of the Society for Behavioral Medicine, Washington, DC.

Caldwell, J., & Clements, A. D. (2011, March). Looking up: Surrender and church attendance across racial groups in Southern Appalachia. Poster presented at the Appalachian Student Research Forum, Johnson City, TN.

Bailey, B. A., McCook, J. G., Hodge, A. L., Clements, A. D., & McGrady, L. (February, 2011). Quitting smoking during pregnancy and birth outcomes: Evidence of gains following cessation by third trimester. Poster presented at the Primary Care and Prevention Research Day, East Tennessee State University’s James H. Quillen College of Medicine, Johnson City, TN.

Clements, A. D., Ermakova, A. V., & Bailey, B. A. (October, 2010). Screening for religious commitment: Prediction of surrender to God from a single-item. Oral presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Baltimore, MD.

Clements, A. D., Ermakova, A. V., & Bailey, B. A. (October, 2010). Surrender coping predicts low anxiety in rural Appalachian college students. Oral presentation at the Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Baltimore, MD.

Clements, A. D., Bailey, B. A., & Wright, H., Ermakova, A. V., (June, 2010). Prayer/Religiosity as primary stress coping strategy predicts health-related pregnancy and birth factors in a rural Appalachian sample. Oral presentation at the Society for Spirituality, Theology, & Health, Durham, NC.

Clements, A. D., Bailey, B. A., & Wright, H. (2010, April). Prenatal stress coping strategies predict breastfeeding initiation, Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, New York, NY.

Clements, A. D., Bailey, B. A., & Wright, H. (2010, April). “How Do You Deal With Stress?”: Pregnant Women’s Methods of Coping, Poster presented at the Conference on Human Development, New York, NY.

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