Dr. Rebekah Travis received her undergraduate degree in English and Psychology from Vanderbilt University, graduating with High Honors in Psychology.  She then pursued her Masters of Social Work degree from the University of Kentucky with a concentration in Mental Health.  She completed her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from Florida Institute of Technology, with a concentration in Child and Family Clinical Psychology.  Dr. Travis's subsequent training includes a predoctoral internship at the Tulsa Center for Child Psychology followed by a postdoctoral research/clinical fellowship in Autism Spectrum Disorders and Developmental Disabilities at Vanderbilt Kennedy Center/Vanderbilt University Medical Center Department of Pediatrics, Division of Developmental Medicine.  In 2014, Dr. Travis joined the faculty of UT Southwestern as part of the Department of Psychiatry in the Center for Autism and Developmental Disabilities. 

Dr. Travis's current clinical and research interests include the following: early identification, assessment, and effective therapeutic interventions for children with Autism Spectrum Disorders and developmental disorders; identifying and ameliorating psychosocial barriers to treatment; family behavioral therapy including Parent-Child Interaction Therapy (PCIT); and treatment of trauma (Trauma-Focused Cognitive Behavioral Therapy). 


Graduate School
Florida Institute of Technology-College of Psychology & Liberal Arts (2013), Clinical Psychology
Northeastern Oklahoma (2013), Clinical Child Psychology
Vanderbilt University School of Medicine (2014), Autism & Developmental Disabilities


Featured Publications LegendFeatured Publications

Therapies for Children With Autism Spectrum Disorder: Behavioral Interventions Update
Weitlauf AS, McPheeters ML, Peters B, Sathe N, Travis R, Aiello R, Williamson E, Veenstra-VanderWeele J, Krishnaswami S, Jerome R, Warren Z. AHRQ Comparative Effectiveness Reviews 2014 Aug Report No.: 14-EHC036-EF
Early predictors of helpless thoughts and behaviors in children: developmental precursors to depressive cognitions.
Cole DA, Warren DE, Dallaire DH, Lagrange B, Travis R, Ciesla JA. Clin Child Psychol Psychiatry 2007 Apr 12 2 295-312

Honors & Awards

  • Leadership Education in Neurodevelopmental Disabilities (LEND) Fellowship
    Vanderbilt University (2013-2014)
  • Florida Institute of Technology
    University Graduate Scholarship (2008-2009)
  • Phi Beta Kappa
    Alpha of Tennessee (2005)