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Carla Sharp, Ph.D.

Carla Sharp

Director of Clinical Training
Director of the Developmental Psychopathology Lab
Clinical Psychology
Ph.D., University of Cambridge, United Kingdom

Health and Biomedical Sciences Building
4811 Calhoun Rd. - Rm 373

Dr. Sharp will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2019-2020 academic year. Application deadline is Dec 1, 2018. Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for details.

Research Interests

  • Developmental Psychopathology, social cognition, reward processing and emotional processing
  • Measure development of diagnostic tools


  • PSYC 6317: Psychopathology I (graduate)
  • PSYC 7397: Developmental psychopathology: Concepts, methods and application (graduate)

Selected Publications

King-Casas, B., Sharp, C., Lomax, L., Lohrenz, T., Fonagy, P., & Montague, R. (2008). The rupture and repair of cooperation in borderline personality disorder. Science. 321:806-810.

Sharp, C., Peterson, N., & Goodyer, I.M. (2008). Emotional reactivity and the emergence of conduct problems and internalizing symptoms in children: A longitudinal investigation. Journal of American Academy for Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 47(5):565-573.

Sharp, C., & Fonagy, P. (2008). The parent’s capacity to treat the child as a psychological agent: Constructs, measures and implications for developmental psychopathology. Social Development, 17(3): 737-754.

Ha, Carolyn, Nancy J. Petersen & Sharp, C. (2008). Narcissism, self-esteem, and peer problems: Implications for conduct problems in a community sample of 7-11 year old children. European Journal of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 17(7), 406-413.

Sharp, C. (2008). Theory of mind and conduct problems in children: Deficits in reading the 'emotions of the eyes'. Cognition and Emotion, 22(6), 1149-1158.

Sharp, C. & Kine, S. (2008). The assessment of juvenile psychopathy: Strengths and weaknesses of currently used questionnaire measures. Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 13(2), 85-95.

Sharp, C., Croudace, T.J, & Goodyer, I.M. (2007). Biased mentalising in children aged 7-11: Latent class confirmation of response styles to social scenarios and associations with psychopathology. Social Development, 16(1), 181-202.

Sharp, C., Van Goozen, S.H.M., & Goodyer, I.M. (2006). Children's subjective emotional reactivity to affective pictures: gender differences and their antisocial correlates in an unselected sample of 7-11 year olds. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 47(2), 143-150.

Sharp, C., Fonagy, P., & Goodyer, I.M. (2006). Imagining your child's mind: Psychosocial adjustment and mothers' ability to predict their children's attributional response styles. British Journal of Developmental Psychology, 24, 197-214.

Sharp, C., Goodyer, I.M., & Croudace, T.J. (2006). The Short Mood and Feelings Questionnaire (SMFQ): a unidimensional item response theory and categorical data factor analysis of self-report ratings from a community sample of children aged 7 through 11. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 34(3), 365-377.

Sharp, C. & Bleiberg, E. (2006). Borderline Personality Disorder in children and adolescents. In A. Martin and F. Volkmar (Eds.) Lewis Child and Adolescent Psychiatry: Comprehensive Textbook (4th Ed), pp. 680-691. Baltimore: Lippincott Williams and Wilkins.

Sharp, C., Croudace, T.J., Goodyer, I.M., & Amtmann, D. (2005). The Strengths and Difficulties Questionnaire: Predicitive validity for help-seeking behaviour from parents over one year. Educational and Child Psychology, 22(3), 28-44.

Goodyer, I.M., & Sharp, C. (2005). Childhood depression. In B. Hopkins, R.G. Barr, G.F. Michel, & P. Rochat (Eds.), The Cambridge Encyclopedia of Child Development. Cambridge, UK: Cambridge University Press.

Sharp, C., Fonagy, P., Goodyer, I.M. (Eds) (2008). Social cognition and developmental psychopathology. Oxford University Press.

Ross, D., Sharp, C., Vuchinich, R. and Spurrett, D. (2008). Midbrain mutiny: Behavioral economics and neuroeconomics of gambling addiction as basic reward system disorder, Cambridge, Mass.: MIT Press.