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Department of Psychology|College of Arts & Sciences

Christine McKibbinChristine McKibbin

Associate Professor

Aging Serious Mental Illness Health Promotion Intervention Development

Clinical Psychology


Ph.D., University of North Texas 1997

M.S., University of North Texas 1994

B.S., Michigan State University 1991 • (307) 766-2943 • Bio Sciences Bldg 133


Research Interests

My primary research aim is to develop and test interventions to improve health and well-being in rural and urban older adults with serious mental illness and those caring for a family member with mental illness. My most recent work, funded by a National Institutes of Mental Health Career Development Award, resulted in the development of and evidence-based diabetes management intervention tailored specifically to meet the needs of middle-aged and elderly patients with serious mental illness and type 2 diabetes. This program is now being culturally adapted to meet the needs of Latinos and their family members. Future work will involve the use of information technology to deliver state-of-the-art intervention programs to older adults residing in rural areas in the State of Wyoming.

Health and Aging Lab


Academic Positions

2013-present   Associate Professor, University of Wyoming, Department of Psychology and Director, Wyoming Geriatric Education Center, Health Sciences

2007-2013   Assistant Professor, University of Wyoming, Department of Psychology and Department of Family and Consumer Sciences

2003-2007  Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego, Veteran's Affairs San Diego Healthcare System

2000-2003   Assistant Project Scientist, Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Diego


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Diagnostic Interviewing Diversity Introduction to Psychology



Representative Publications

Narvaez, J. M., Twamley, E. W., McKibbin, C. L., Heaton, R. K., & Patterson, T. L. (in press). Subjective and objective quality of life in schizophrenia. Schizophrenia Research.

Folsom, D., McKibbin, C. L., Jeste, D. V., & Patterson, T. L. (in press). Comorbid medical conditions and the receipt of primary care by middle aged and older persons with schizophrenia. Primary Care & Community Psychiatry.

McKibbin, C., Folsom, D., Meyer, J. M., Sirkin, A., Loh, C., & Lindamer, L. (in press). Diabetes Management in Older Adults with Schizophrenia. In D. Gallagher-Thompson, A. Steffen, & L. W. Thompson (Eds.), Handbook of cognitive-behavioral interventions for older adults. John Wiley Press.

McKibbin, C. L., Shively, M., Kodiath, M., Kelly, A., Glaser, D., & Smith, T. (in press). Readiness to change in heart failure patients: Adaptation of a pain readiness to change measure. The Clinical Gerontologist.

McKibbin, C. L., Patterson, T. L., Norman, G., Patrick, K., Jin, H., Roesch, S., Mudaliar, S., Barrio, C., O'Hanlon, K., Griver, K., Sirkin, A., Jeste, D. V., et al. (2006). A lifestyle intervention for older schizophrenia patients with diabetes mellitus. Schizophrenia Research, 86, 36 - 4.

Patterson, T. L., Mausbach, B. T., McKibbin, C. L., Goldman, S. R., Bucardo, J., & Jeste, D. V. (2006). Functional Adaptation Skills Training (FAST). A randomized trial of a psychosocial intervention for middle-aged and older patients with chronic psychotic disorders. Schizophrenia Research, 86, 291-299.

McKibbin, C. L., Ancoli-Israel, S., Dimsdale, J., Archuleta, C., Von Kanel, R., Mills, P., Patterson, T. L., Grant, I., et al. (2005). Sleep in spousal caregivers of people with Alzheimer's disease. Sleep, 28, 1245-1250.

Patterson, T. L., Bucardo, J., McKibbin, C. L., Mausbach, B. T., Moore, D., Goldman, S. R., Jeste, D. V., et al. (2005). Development and pilot testing of a new psychosocial intervention for older Latinos with chronic psychosis. Schizophrenia Bulletin, 31, 922-930.

McKibbin, C., Patterson, T. L., & Jeste, D. V. (2004). Assessing disability in patients with schizophrenia: Results from the WHODAS-II. Journal of Nervous and Mental Disease, 192, 405-413.

Grant, I., McKibbin, C., Taylor, M. J., & Patterson, T. L. (2003). In-home respite reduces plasma epinephrine levels in family dementia caregivers. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 11, 62-72.

Patterson, T. L., McKibbin, C., Goldman, S., Davila-Fraga, W., & Jeste, D. V. (2003). Functional adaptation skills training (FAST): A pilot psychosocial intervention study in mittle-aged and elderly patients with chronic psychotic disorders. American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry, 11, 17-23.

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