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USC Aiken Directory


Bridget Cho


Bridget Cho received her doctorate in clinical child psychology from the University of Kansas andcompleted an APA accredited internship specializing in child maltreatment at the University of CaliforniaDavis Children’s Hospital. Dr. Cho is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at the University of SouthCarolina, Aiken where she supervises graduate students in the masters-level Applied Clinical PsychologyProgram and teaches about developmental and abnormal psychology, multicultural and diversity issues,and cognitive assessment. Her research and clinical interests include child psychopathology, parenting,and adversity, as well as development of culturally responsive parenting interventions. 

Courses Taught

Dr. Cho teaches undergraduate courses in Developmental PsychologyChildhood Psychopathology, and Multicultural Psychology and graduate courses in Psychopathology and Cognitive Assessment


Ph.D., University of Kansas, 2020, Clinical Child Psychology

Research Interests

Dr. Cho’s research interests include trauma and adversity, child development and psychopathology, and parenting. She also evaluates the effectiveness of mental health treatments for children and their families, especially parenting interventions.


Woods-Jaeger, B., Gaylord-Harden, N., Briggs-King, E., Cho, B., & Lemon, E. (in press). Mitigating ACE-related health disparities among African American youth through harnessing cultural assets. American Psychologist.

Cho, B., Kleven, L., & Woods-Jaeger, B. (in press). Bringing out the best in parenting: Translating community-engaged research to policy. Progress in Community Health Partnerships.

Cho, B., Woods-Jaeger, B., & Borelli, J. L. (2020). Parenting stress moderates the relation between parental trauma exposure and child anxiety symptoms. Child Psychiatry & Human Development. doi:10.1007/s10578-020-01087-1.

Zajac, L., Prendergast, S., Feder, K., Cho, B., Kuhns, C., & Dozier, M. (2020). Trajectories of sleep in Child Protective Services (CPS)-referred children predict externalizing and internalizing symptoms in early childhood. Child Abuse & Neglect, 103.

Woods-Jaeger, B., Cho, B., & Briggs-King, E. (2020). Training psychologists to disrupt child abuse and neglect disparities: Shifting the paradigm to address social determinants. Training and Education in Professional Psychology. Advance online publication.

McGuire, A., Cho, B., Huffhines, L., Gusler, S., Brown, S., & Jackson, Y. (2018). The relation between dimensions of maltreatment, placement instability, and mental health among youth in foster care. Child Abuse & Neglect, 86, 10-21.

Woods-Jaeger, B., Cho, B., Sexton, C., Goggin, K., & Slagel, L. (2018). Promoting resilience: Breaking the intergenerational cycle of adverse childhood experiences. Health Education and Behavior, 45(5), 772-780.

Sexton, C., Woods-Jaeger, B., Cho, B., & Goggin, K. (2017). Clinician attitudes about health care services addressing adverse childhood experiences. Journal of Family Medicine and Disease Prevention, 3(3), online only.

Cho. B., & Jackson, Y. (2016). Self-reported and case file maltreatment: Relations for psychosocial outcomes for youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 69, 241-247.

Huffhines, L., Tunno, A. M., Hambrick, E., Cho, B., Campos, I., Lichty, B., & Jackson, Y. (2016). Case file coding of child maltreatment: Methods, challenges, and innovations in a longitudinal project of youth in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 67, 254–262.

Vernberg, E. M., Hambrick, E. P., O’Connor, B., Hendrickson, M. L. (2016). Psychology and disaster mental health: Strategies for working with children and adolescents. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72(12), 1333-1347.

Hambrick, E. P., O’Connor, B., & Vernberg, E. M. (2015). Interview and recollection-based research with child disaster survivors: Participation-related changes in emotion and perceptions of participation. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 8(2), 165-171.

Kanine, R., Tunno, A., Jackson, Y., & O'Connor, B. (2015). Therapeutic day treatment for young maltreated children: A systematic literature review. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 8(3), 187-199.

Jackson, Y., Cushing, C., Gabrielli, J., Fleming, K., O'Connor, B., & Huffhines, L. (2015). Child maltreatment, trauma, and physical health outcomes: The role of abuse type and placement moves on health conditions and service use for youth in foster care. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 41(1), 28-36.