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Kristi Harrison, PhD

Associate Professor & MFT Clinical Training, Department of Marriage and Family Sciences

Kristi Harrison photo


Areas of Expertise:

Marriage and family therapy

Multicultural competency in mental health treatment and education

Distance education

Military families and couples

Program evaluation


PhD, University of Connecticut, Human Development and Family Studies (Marriage and Family Therapy)

MEd, University of Oregon, Couple and Family Therapy

BA, Pennsylvania State University, Philosophy and Mathematics


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

Selected Publications:

Ruff, S. C., & Harrison, K. (2020). “Ask Me What I Want”: Community-based participatory research to explore transition-age foster Youth’s use of support services. Children and Youth Services Review, 108, 104608.

Anderson, S. R., Anderson, S. A., Palmer (Harrison), K. L., Mutchler, M. S., Baker, L. K. (2011). Defining high conflict. American Journal of Family Therapy, 39, 11–27.

Palmer (Harrison), K., Anderson, S. A., & Sabatelli, R. M. (2009). How is the after school field defining program quality?: A review of effective program practices and definitions of program quality. Afterschool Matters, 9, 1-21.

Chronister, K., Linville, D., & Palmer (Harrison), K. (2008). Women domestic violence survivors’ career counseling experiences: A qualitative investigation. Journal of Career Development, 34, 339-361.

Selected Professional Experience:

Clinical Fellow, American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (LMFT), Michigan

AAMFT Approved Supervisor

Fellow, SAMHSA/AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program (2008 – 2010)

Certified Gottman Educator (Bringing Baby Home program)