Dr. Renk is considering applicants as a major advisor for the program start date of August 2023.

Website: Understanding Children and Families Lab

  • Florida Psychologist, Lic. No. PY6771

Kimberly Renk, Ph.D., joined the faculty at the University of Central Florida in Fall 2000 after completing her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of South Florida in Tampa, Florida.  Prior to her doctoral degree, Dr. Renk earned a Bachelor’s degree in Psychology at the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois, and a Master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at Illinois State University in Bloomington-Normal, Illinois.  Throughout the course of her educational endeavors, Dr. Renk gained both general training experiences in Clinical Psychology as well as specialty training experiences in Clinical Child and Pediatric Psychology.  Nonetheless, Dr. Renk’s work has been most heavily influenced by specialized Infant Mental Health Fellowship training that she received while completing her Predoctoral Internship at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center in New Orleans, Louisiana.

Accordingly, Dr. Renk’s research laboratory, Understanding Young Children and Families, provides a forum for investigating a variety of Infant Mental Health-related issues, for providing evidence-based and trauma-informed services to families with young children who are 6-years of age and younger (through the Young Children and Families Research Clinic [YCFRC]), and for building community partnerships meant to better serve high-risk families and their young children in Central Florida.  With regard to research, Dr. Renk and her students currently are examining issues that will further our understanding of the parent-young child connection, especially when families are struggling with problems in living, changes in caregivers, substance use and other psychological disorders, trauma, and abuse or neglect.  In conjunction with Dr. Renk’s research, she and her students provide evidence-based and trauma-informed assessments and interventions (e.g., Circle of Security-Parenting, Child-Parent Psychotherapy) to help foster more positive adjustments for young children and their families.  Finally, Dr. Renk has built a variety of community partnerships through her work, including connections with the Florida Association of Infant Mental Health, the Florida State University’s Center for Prevention and Early Intervention Policy, Nemours Children’s Hospital, Center for Drug-Free Living/Aspire, Community Based Care, and the local judicial circuit.

For more information about Dr. Renk’s research, evidence-based services, and community partnerships, please contact her directly.


  • Duhig, A. M., Renk, K., Epstein, M. K., & Phares, V. (2000). Interparental agreement on internalizing, externalizing, and total behavior problems: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice, 7(4), 435-453.
  • McKinney, C., & Renk, K. (2008). Differential parenting between fathers and mothers: Implications for late adolescents. Journal of Family Issues, 29(6), 806-827.
  • Renk, K. (2005). Reasons young children are referred for psychological services. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 27(3), 61-71.
  • Renk, K. (In press). Disorders of conduct in young children: Developmental considerations, diagnoses, and other characteristics. Developmental Review.
  • Renk, K., Oliveros, A., Roddenberry, A., Klein, J., Sieger, K., Roberts, R., & Phares, V. (2007). The relationship of maternal and paternal psychological symptoms and ratings of adolescent functioning. Journal of Adolescence, 30 (3), 467-485.

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