Kristi Harrison, PhD

Senate Secretary

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Areas of Expertise:

  • Marriage and family therapy
  • Multicultural competency in mental health treatment and education
  • Distance education
  • Military families and couples
  • Program evaluation


  • Doctor of Philosophy, Human Development and Family Studies, University of Connecticut, Storrs, CT
  • Master of Education, Counseling, Family, and Human Services, University of Oregon, Eugene, OR
  • Bachelor of Arts, Philosophy and Mathematics, Pennsylvania State University, State College, PA


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

Research Areas of Interest:

  • Distance learning and online learning
  • Diversity, equity, and inclusion in MFT education

Certifications and /or licenses:

  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist, Michigan
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • Certified Gottman Educator, Bringing Baby Home

Selected Publications:

  • Harrison, K. L. (2021). A call to action: Online learning and distance education in the training of couple and family therapists. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 47, 408–423.
  • 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, 104-608.
  • Anderson, S. R., Anderson, S. A., Palmer, K. L., Mutchler, M. S., Baker, L. K. (2011). Defining high conflict. American Journal of Family Therapy, 39, 11–27.
  • Palmer, 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, 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