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Terri Combs Orme, PhD

The Urban Child Institute Endowed Professor

Selected Publications (*Student Authors):

*Stout, J., *Morris, M.H., Thomas, S. & Combs-Orme, T. (Under review). “When you know better, you do better:” Perceptions of low-income mothers about parenting.

*Lefmann, T. & Combs-Orme, T. (In press). Prenatal stress, poverty, and child outcomes. Child and Adolescent Social Work.

Combs-Orme, T. & Orme, J. (2014). Foster parenting together: Assessing foster parent applicant couples. Children & Youth Services Review. Prepublication online:

Orme, J. & Combs-Orme, T. (2014). Foster parenting together: Foster parent couples. Children & Youth Services Review. Prepublication online:

Combs-Orme, T., Orme, J.G. & *Lefmann, T. (2013). Early brain development: African-American parents’ cognitions about the first three years. Child and Adolescent Social Work, 30(4), 329-344.

*Lefmann, T. & Combs-Orme, T. (2013). Early brain development for social work practice: Integrating neuroscience with Piaget’s theory of cognitive development. Journal of Human Behavior and the Social Environment, 23(5), 640-647.

Combs-Orme, T. (2013). Epigenesis and the social work imperative. Social Work, 58(1): 23-30. doi: 10.1093/sw/sws052

Combs-Orme, T., Holden, B. & Herrod, H. (2011). Anticipatory guidance and early child development: Pediatrician advice, unmet needs, and parent behaviors, Clinical Pediatrics, 50, 729-737.

Egan, M., Neely-Barnes, S. & Combs-Orme, T. (2011). Integrating neuroscience into the lifespan. Journal of Social Work Education, 47(2), 269-282.

Combs-Orme, T. & *Renkert, L.E. (2009). Fathers and their infants: Caregiving and affection in the modern family. Journal of Human Behavior in the Social Environment 19, 394-418.

*Miller, J.W. & Combs-Orme, T. (2008). How big is your world? An examination of environmental racial composition on the racial identity of African American adolescents. Race, Gender and Class, 133(4).

Combs-Orme, T. & Cain, D.S. (2008). Predictors of mothers’ use of spanking with their infants. Child Abuse & Neglect, 32, 649-657.

*Travis, W. & Combs-Orme, T. (2007). Resilient parenting: Overcoming poor parental bonding. Social Work Research, 31(3), 135-149.

Page, T., Combs-Orme, T. & Cain, D.S. (2007). New mothers’ psychological experience and behavioral interactions with their Infants in the first 12 months. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 16, 155-167.

Combs-Orme, T. & *Cain, D.S. (2006). The daily lives of poor infants: Consistent disadvantage. Journal of Children & Poverty, 12(1), 1-20.


Orme, J. & Combs-Orme, T. (2012). Outcome-informed evidence-based practice. New York: Pearson Education.

Orme, J. & Combs-Orme, T. (2009). Applied multiple regression with discrete dependent variables. New York: Oxford University Press.

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