The University of Tennessee, Knoxville


Terri Combs Orme, PhD

Terri Combs-Orme, PhD
The Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor


Personal Statement

My courses and personal mentoring relationships with students are grounded in my intentions to teach critical thinking and scholarly writing skills. I believe that when challenged with demanding work and high expectations, students rise to levels that they never would have believed they could. Students who have the desire to learn and the willingness to work hard will find that I will give them as much as they ask of me.



  • BA, Baylor University
  • MSSW, University of Texas, Arlington
  • PhD, Washington University


Research Interests

Dr. Combs-Orme’s research focuses on parenting, especially the parenting of infants, with a focus on early brain development. She frequently collaborates with The Urban Child Institute in Memphis, TN


Courses Taught

  • Honors: Human Behavior in the Social Environment (SW317)
  • Lifespan and Neurophysiologic Development (SW513)




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