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Kristan Armstrong, LCSW

Brief Bio

Kristan Armstrong has worked in psychiatric research and clinical assessment with a particular focus in psychotic disorders for over a decade. More recently, her clinical experience was as an inpatient and outpatient social worker for a coordinated specialty care team for early psychosis patients and coordinator of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center’s Psychotic Disorders Program. Her primary research interests include work on a NIMH funded longitudinal research study focused on investigating the clinical, cognitive, and neural changes during the early stages of psychosis. Kristan’s dissertation will focus on predictors of outcome and clinical course during the early stages of psychosis.


  • BA, Maryville College, 2008
  • MSSW, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2013
  • PhD, The University of Tennessee, Knoxville, 2021

Research Interests

  • Early and chronic psychotic disorders
  • Psychosocial and psychopathological factors influencing the course and outcome of psychotic disorders
  • Impact of the family in recovery for patients with early psychosis
  • Intervention research with the evidence based practice of family psychoeducation in early psychosis
  • Nosology and clinical assessment
Kristan Armstrong
Kristan Armstrong