Abby Hughes-Scalise

Assistant professor

Areas of Focus: Pediatric/Health Psychology

Phone: 651-286-7956



  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2014.
  • M.A., Clinical Psychology, Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland, OH, 2011.
  • B.A., Psychology, St. Olaf College, Northfield, MN, 2008.


Abby Hughes-Scalise, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor at the Minnesota School of Professional Psychology at Argosy University (MSPP). Dr. Hughes-Scalise joined MSPP in April 2017 as a full-time core faculty member. She received her MA and PhD in Clinical Psychology at Case Western Reserve University, where the majority of her research and clinical experiences revolved around working with children and adolescents with comorbid medical and psychological difficulties in hospital settings. In line with this interest, Dr. Hughes-Scalise then completed an APA-accredited internship in pediatric psychology at Rush University Medical Center, where she gained experience in providing consultation/liaison services in a medical inpatient setting and working with a variety of chronic health concerns (particularly oncology, neurology, and youth with a history of preterm birth).

Dr. Hughes-Scalise then moved back to her home state of Minnesota, where she spent her fellowship and early career working at the Minnesota Epilepsy Group as a pediatric psychologist. At the Minnesota Epilepsy Group, Dr. Hughes-Scalise provided inpatient and outpatient therapy and diagnostic assessment services, provided supervision for psychology trainees, and participated in multidisciplinary program development and research activities. Dr. Hughes-Scalise continues to be active in clinical practice and research activities related to pediatric psychology.


  • Pediatric/Health Psychology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychological Services
  • Pediatric/Health Psychology
  • Somatic Disorders


  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • APA Division 54: Society of Pediatric Psychology
  • APA Division 53: Society of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology

Selected Publications

  • Hughes-Scalise, A., & Connell, A. (2014). The role of adolescent attentional bias and parental invalidation of sadness in significant illness: A comparison between eating disorders and chronic pain. Eating Behaviors, 15, 493-501.
  • Hughes-Scalise, A., & Przeworski, A. (2013). All in the family: Family-based behavioral treatment of child obsessive-compulsive disorder and oppositional defiant disorder within the context of marital and family discord. Clinical Case Studies, 13, 52-67.
  • Connell, A., Patton, E., Klostermann, S., & Hughes-Scalise, A. (2013). Attention bias in youth: Associations with youth and mother’s depressive symptoms moderated by emotion regulation and affective dynamics during family interactions. Cognition and Emotion, 27, 1522-1534.
  • Connell, A.M., Hughes-Scalise, A., Klostermann, S., & Azem, T. (2011). Maternal depression and the heart of parenting: Respiratory sinus arrhythmia and affective dynamics during parent-adolescent interactions. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 653-662.

Selected Lectures

  • Hughes-Scalise, A. (2016, September). Epilepsy and Mental Health. Invited speaker at an educational training organized by the Epilepsy Foundation of Minnesota in Fargo, ND.

Selected Presentations

  • Hughes-Scalise, A. (December 2016). Medical and psychosocial presentation of patients recently transferred from pediatric to adult epilepsy care: A focus on depressive symptoms. Poster presented at the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 70th Annual Meeting, Houston, TX.
  • Doss, J., Adams, E., Hughes-Scalise, A., & Ritter, F. (December 2016). Psychiatric comorbidities in pediatric patients at epilepsy onset: Assessment and screening. Poster presented at the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 70th Annual Meeting, Houston, TX.
  • Hughes-Scalise, A., Doss, J., & Adams, E. (December 2015). Psychological evaluation of new-onset pediatric epilepsy patients: Relationships between psychiatric symptoms, seizure localization, and seizure severity. Poster presented at the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 69th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Doss, J., Adams, E., Hughes-Scalise, A., & Berg, K. (December 2015). New onset pediatric epilepsy: Psychological functioning at onset and one-year evaluation. Poster presented at the American Epilepsy Society (AES) 69th Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hughes-Scalise, A., Federici, A., Standish, J., & Wisniewski, L. (November 2012). A partial hospitalization program that supports Family Based Treatment for adolescents with eating disorders: Focus on changes in mood, suicidality, and emotion regulation. Poster presented at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT) 46th Annual Convention, National Harbor, MD.

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