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Michelle E. Roley-Roberts, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor, Clinical Child Psychology

Dr. Roley-Roberts will be accepting a graduate student to work with her in the 2024-25 academic year. She will also be accepting highly motivated and hardworking undergraduate students to join her research lab for the Fall 2023 semester. Students should have taken or be enrolled in research methods I and II. Students should plan to work 2 semesters for 10 hours per week, which includes a weekly undergraduate student seminar. If interested, please send me an email that includes your CV OR resume, and the attached undergrad research application.

Click here to visit the POSTSCRIPT Research Lab website to learn more!


Michelle E. Roley-Roberts, Ph.D., is a tenure-track assistant professor and licensed clinical psychologist in the Department of Psychology at West Virginia University. She is licensed in Ohio, Nebraska, and West Virginia.

She formerly was a tenure-track assistant professor and director of psychiatry residency/fellowship quality improvement in the Department of Psychiatry, graduate faculty member in the Department of Neuroscience, adjunct professor in the Department of Psychology at Creighton University, and licensed clinical psychologist at CHI Health.

She completed her postdoctoral research at the Nisonger Center in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. She was a Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Trainee, a National Institute of Mental Health Child Intervention, Prevention, and Services (CHIPS) Fellow, and a Leadership Education to Advance Diversity (LEAD) Fellow. Dr. Roley-Roberts graduated from the University of Toledo with a doctorate in clinical psychology in August 2016. She completed her APA-accredited predoctoral internship at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences in the child track. She earned her master’s in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo in December 2013. Prior to attending graduate school, she worked as a Lab Manager at the Duke University Medical Center and volunteered at El Futuro from 2008-2011. She graduated from Kent State University with her bachelor’s in psychology and an emphasis in Pan African Studies in 2008. She is a proud Upward Bound alumna from Ohio University.

Research Interests

Dr. Roley-Roberts has an active research lab: PTSD, Suicide, and Traumatic Stress in Children: Culturally Relevant Interventions, Prevention, and Training. The goal of her research is to investigate and provide culturally sensitive evidence-based assessments and treatments for PTSD toward the goal of reducing negative outcomes like suicide and homelessness. As a first-generation college student, individual with a {dis}ability, and proud Appalachian from Southeast Ohio, she is passionate about using research to advocate for equitable mental health care and access to knowledge and resources with and for underserved communities.


  • Psychology 332 – Multiculturalism in Psychology
  • Psychology 670 – Clinical Child Practicum
  • Psychology 671 – Child Behavior Therapy
  • Psychology 654 – Behavioral and Psychological Assessment II