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Carla Sharp, Ph.D.

Carla Sharp

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

Health 1, Room 476
4811 Calhoun Rd.

Dr. Sharp will be reviewing graduate student applications for the 2022-2023 academic year. Application deadline is Dec 1, 2021. Please see Student Admissions, Outcomes, and Other Data for details.

Research Interests

  • Developmental Psychopathology and social cognition
  • Personality pathology
  • Interventions targeting social-cognitive function
  • Measure development of diagnostic tools


  • PSYC 6317: Psychopathology I (graduate) - past
  • PSYC 7397: Developmental psychopathology: Concepts, methods and application (graduate) – past
  • Scientific Writing – current
  • Clinical supervision – current

Selected Publications

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., 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.

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., *Pane, H., *Ha, C., *Venta, A., *Patel, A., *Sturek, J., & Fonagy, P. (2011). Theory of mind and emotion regulation difficulties in adolescents with borderline traits. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 50(6), 563-573.

Sharp, C., Monterosso, J., & Montague, R. (2012). Neuroeconomics: A bridge for translational research. Biological Psychiatry, 72(2), 87-92. [IF: 11.412]

Sharp, C. (2012). The use of neuroeconomic games to examine social decision-making in child and adolescent externalizing disorders. Current Directions in Psychological Sciences, 21(3), 183-188.

Sharp, C, *Ha, C., Carbone, C. *Kim, S., Perry, K., Williams, L., & Fonagy, P. (2013). Hypermentalizing in adolescent inpatients: treatment effects and association with borderline traits.  Journal of Personality Disorders, 27(1), 3-18.

Sharp, C., Kim, S., *Pane, H., *Reuter, T. R., Herman, L., & Strathearn, L. (2014). Major depression in mothers predicts reduced reward-related brain processing in adolescent daughters, with or without depression. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123(2), 298-309.

Sharp, C., Michonski, J., Steinberg, L., Fowler, C., Frueh, C., & Oldham, J. (2014). An investigation of differential item functioning across gender of BPD criteria. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 123(1), 231-236. [IF: 4.133]

Sharp, C., & *Kalpakci, A (2015). Mentalization in borderline personality disorder: From bench to bedside. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 6(4), 347-355.

Sharp, C., & Fonagy, P. (2015). Practitioner review: Borderline personality disorder in adolescence: – Recent conceptualization, intervention, and implications for clinical practice. Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry, 56(12), 1266-1288. [IF: 6.226]

Sharp, C., Wright, A. G. C., Fowler, J. C., Frueh, B. C., Allen, J. G., Oldham, J., & Clark, L. (2015). The structure of personality pathology: Both general (‘g’) and specific (‘s’) factors? Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 124(2), 387-398. [IF: 4.133]

Chanen, A§., Sharp, C§.., Hoffman, P., and the Global Alliance for Prevention and Early Intervention for Borderline Personality Disorder (2017). Prevention and early intervention for borderline personality disorder: a public health priority. World Psychiatry, 16(2), 215-216. [IF: 26.561].§Joint first authors

Sharp, C., *Vanwoerden, S. & *Wall, K. (2018). Adolescence as a sensitive period for the development of personality pathology. Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 41(4), 669-683.

Sharp, C., & *Wall, K. (2018). Personality pathology grows up: Adolescence as a sensitive period. Current Opinion in Psychology, 21, 111-116.