Dr. Allison Rayburn is an Assistant Professor at at the University of Central Missouri. She received a Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy (MFT) from Florida State University and two master's degrees: Marriage and Family Therapy and Music Therapy from Appalachian State University. She is a Licensed Marital and Family Therapist (LMFT) in the state of Missouri and a nationally board-certified music therapist.
Dr. Rayburn's teaching interest include undergraduate and graduate courses related to family processes. She particularly enjoys supervising clinical interns as they begin to apply material they have learned in their courses into helping others. Her professional goals outside of teaching are to serve youth and families who are highly distressed. Her clinical experience has primarily been with diverse families who are under-served and have experiences of trauma. Her clinical practice has been in a variety of settings, including schools, outpatient, intensive in-home, and residential programs in both rural and urban communities. In addition to her formal education, Dr. Rayburn has also received training in parenting programs and completed the Traumatic Stress Studies Certification program from the Justice Research Institute-Distance Learning Center. Her research has primarily focused on youth and families at risk for, or who have, experienced attachment-based traumas, including youth in foster care and Latinx families who have parents at risk or have experienced deportation. She hopes to continue to serve these families through her academic, clinical, and research roles.
Rayburn, A. D., Withers, M. C., & McWey, L. M. (2018). The importance of the caregiver and adolescent relationship for mental health outcomes of youth in foster care. Journal of Family Violence.
Montgomery, J., Chaviano, C. L., Rayburn, A. D., & McWey, L. M. (2017). Parents at-risk and their children: Intersections of gender role attitudes and parenting practices. Child & Family Social Work, 22, 1151-1160.
Rayburn A. D., McWey, L. M., & Cui, M. (2016). The interrelationships between trauma and internalizing symptom trajectories among adolescents in foster care. Children and Youth Services Review, 61, 332-336.
Rayburn, A. D., Winek, J. L., & Anderson, H. (2016). Engaging families and other systems in school-based treatment: Lessons from an interdisciplinary treatment team. The Family Journal: Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 24, 395-405.
Withers, M. C., Cooper, A., Rayburn, A. D., & McWey, L. M. (2016). Parent-adolescent relationship quality as a link in adolescent and maternal depression. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 309-314. doi:10.1111/fare.12111
Rayburn A. D. (2018). Fear, loss, and adaptions of Latino families at-risk for deportation. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Louiseville, KY.
Rayburn A. D., McWey, L. M., & Cui, M. (2017). Trajectories of adolescents in foster care. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Atlanta, Georgia.
Rayburn, A. D., Withers, M. C., & McWey, L. M. (2017). Foster caregiver-youth relationships and mental health. American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy: Atlanta, Georgia.
Christenbury, K. L. & Rayburn, A. D. (2017). I can hear your privilege from all the way over here: How to acknowledge your privilege to be a better music therapist. Southeastern Region of the American Music Therapy Association Conference: Chapel Hill, NC.