Kristi Harrison, PhD

Professor, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Department of Marriage and Family Sciences

kharrison@ncu.eduKristi Harrison

Areas of Expertise:

  • Mindfulness-based mental health promotion and treatment approaches
  • Military families and couples
  • Emotion regulation in couples and families
  • Positive youth development, urban youth programming, and program evaluation
  • Multi-cultural competence of mental health organizations
  • Health belief systems and family health behaviors


  • Ph.D., University of Connecticut-Storrs
  • M.Ed., University of Oregon-Eugene
  • B.A., Pennsylvania State University-University Park


Measuring youth perceptions of positive youth development programs: Measurement invariance across gender, age, and racial-ethnic group


  • LMFT, Michigan
  • LAMFT, North Dakota

Selected Publications:

  • “Defining High Conflict,” American Journal of Family Therapy,  (2011)
  • “How Is the After School Field Defining Program Quality? A Review of Effective Program Practices and Definitions of Program Quality,” Afterschool Matters, (2009)
  • “Women’s Domestic Violence Survivors’ Career Counseling Experiences,” Journal of Career Development, (2008)

Professional Experience:

  • Private Practice as Couple, Family and Individual Therapist
  • Lecturer, University of Massachusetts-Boston
  • Clinical Supervisor, The Villages Services Center
  • Program Research Assistant, Center for Applied Research in Human Development, University of Connecticut

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