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Dr. Terri Combs Orme

Terri Combs Orme, PhD

The Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor

Urban Child Institute logoIn October 2011, it was announced that The Urban Child Institute had made an endowed gift to the College of Social Work to establish The Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor in Neuroscience. Dr. Terri Combs-Orme, Professor in the College and fellow at The Urban Child Institute is the first faculty recipient of this endowed professorship.


  • 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)

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.


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