Caitlin Herring, Psy.D., is a 2018 graduate of the Psy.D. Program in Clinical Psychology at Antioch University, New England

Dissertation Committee:

  • Kathi Borden, PhD, Committee Chair
  • Gina Pasquale, PsyD, Committee Member
  • Vince Pignatiello, PsyD, Committee Member


stress, learning disorders, self-esteem, psychological well-being

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Children with learning disorders (LDs) are a vulnerable population likely to encounter a myriad of challenges throughout their lives. Research, literature, and interventions focus overwhelmingly on addressing the academic ramifications of LDs while ignoring the psychological impact of school stress. Chronic stressors have far-reaching implications for behavior, emotional development, social skills, academic performance, and development of psychopathology. In this study, five children with LDs and five children without LDs were interviewed using the Pictorial Measure of School Stress and Wellbeing (PMSSW). Interpretative Phenomenological Analysis (IPA) was used to review the interview transcripts. Results suggested that young children with LDs are already experiencing some of the social and emotional ramifications of school stress.


Caitlin Herring

ORCID Scholar ID# 0000-0003-0533-7289