Dr. Flood received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln in 1998 and is licensed to practice in Nebraska. For 12 years, Dr. Flood was a pediatric psychologist at the Lincoln Family Medicine Residency program where she provided assessment and intervention for young children and taught family medicine residents.
Dr. Flood was Director of the UNL Psychological Consultation Center (PCC) from 1999 until 2015. Currently, Dr. Flood continues to co-direct the Family Interaction Skills Clinic (FISC) and spends much of her time consulting with the local Early Head Start and Head Start programs about mental health services and program evaluation. Dr. Flood supervises Family Interaction Skills Clinic student clinicians who provide Early Childhood Mental Health Consultation to the programs. She works with student and faculty colleagues on Head Start and Project SAFE research focused on program improvement and child maltreatment prevention. Dr. Flood has extensive experience working with community agencies, including serving as Executive Director of the Youth Service System in Lincoln, Program Director of the Adolescent Parenting Program at Boys Town, and on the Boards of Directors of several community organizations. Dr. Flood's research and clinical interests focus on child maltreatment (physical abuse, sexual abuse, neglect, witnessing family violence), assessment and intervention with young children and their families, and family interaction approaches for children with behavioral or emotional disorders. She has published several research articles and chapters on child protection, school-based services, and ecological and policy issues affecting children and families.