Oklahoma State University
Human Development and Family Science
Matthew W. Brosi

Matthew Brosi

Associate Professor
MFT faculty member and Clinic Director

Area: Human Development and Family Science

101C Human Sciences W
Stillwater OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-3633
Fax: 405-744-6344

  • Profile
  • Publications
  • Research

Educational Background:

Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI Family & Child Ecology / Marriage & Family Therapy
M.S. University of Arkansas, Fayetteville, AR Human Development & Family Science
B.S. Northwest Missouri State University, Maryville, MO Psychology

Courses Taught:

Observation and Assessment HDFS  3533
Human Sexuality HDFS  5583
Pre-practicum Skills in MFT HDFS  5602
Professionalism and Ethics in MFT HDFS  5663
Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy HDFS  5690

Professional Memberships:

  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • Oklahoma Association of Marriage and Family Therapy

Research Statement:

The unifying theme of my research, teaching, and extension/engagement is heavily centered on family conflict and interpersonal relationships with much of my clinical and outreach attention focused on co-parenting through divorce, early settlement mediation, as well as intimate partner violence and sexual assault. My work has a strong applied elementóeither working in the field of marriage and family therapy or working to develop resiliency-based treatment approaches for families dealing with conflict or improving the family therapy training processes. I have published numerous research papers and have presented at national conferences on topics pertaining to family conflict, domestic violence, and sexual assault and am currently managing a contract through the Oklahoma Supreme Court's Early Settlement Mediation program that provides low-cost mediation assistance for divorcing couples within communities across seven counties in northern Oklahoma.

My appointment at OSU also includes both administrative and outreach titles. I serve as director for the Center for Family Services, the training clinic for the marriage and family therapy program. In this capacity, I am responsible for the daily clinic operations, oversight of staff, case assignment, and clinic budget and work to establish and maintain three contracts with various agencies in the Stillwater community. I currently teach courses on ethics and professionalism, human sexuality, counseling skills, and practicum at the graduate level and observation and assessment at the undergraduate level and provide certification training in PREPARE/ENRICH within the MFT program. I also serve as a Marriage and Family State Specialist for the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service. In this capacity, I have been directly involved in co-developing the Co-parenting for Resilience (for divorcing parents) program for Oklahoma Cooperative Extension and center much of my outreach work in the area of divorce, remarriage, and step-family formation.

Research Areas:

  • Intimate partner violence, sexual assault, and resilience-based treatment processes
  • Co-parenting through divorce
  • Mediation/Alternative dispute resolution
  • Couple and family therapy training processes


  • Oklahoma State University, College of Human Sciences, Overcoming Barriers to Behavioral Outcome Adoption. Utilizing Innovative Resources within Co-parenting Programs to Increase Post-Divorce Father Involvement. Matthew Brosi (PI). Oklahoma State University. (2016-2017, $5,000).
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Agriculture Experiment Station Project. Fostering Resilience in Parents and Children that Experience Divorce. Matthew Brosi (PI); Ronald Cox & Robert Larzelere (Consultants). Oklahoma State University. (2014-2016, $75,646).
  • Administrative Office of the Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution System of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Early Settlement North Conflict Resolution Program. Matthew Brosi, Principal Investigator. (2013-2014, $78,580).
  • Oklahoma State University, Department of Human Development and Family Science Endowed Parenting Professorship Seed Grand. Longitudinal Assessment of the Co-parenting for Resilience Program. Ron Cox and Matthew Brosi, Co-Pis. (2013-2014, $10,000).
  • Administrative Office of the Courts, Alternative Dispute Resolution System of the Oklahoma Supreme Court. Early Settlement North Conflict Resolution Program. Matthew Brosi, Principal Investigator. (2012-2013, $80,188).
  • United States Department of Agriculture, Oklahoma Agriculture Experiment Station Project. Conflict management and positive parenting intervention study. Amanda Morris (PI) and Co-PIís Matthew Brosi, Carolyn Henry, and Michael Merten, Oklahoma State University. (September 2007- August 2009; $90,520).


  • Oliver, M., Atiles, J., & Brosi, M.W. (in press). Preservice teachers' understanding of children of divorced families and relations to teacher efficacy. Educational Research Quarterly.
  • Foubert, J., Brosi, M.W., Fuqua, D., & Watson, A. (2015). Precursors to conversion: Catalytic experiences of born again Christian college students.  Growth: Journal of the Association for Christians in Student Development, 14(1), 2-15.
  • Bannon, R. S., Brosi, M.W., & Foubert, J. D. (2013). Sorority women's and fraternity men's rape myth acceptance and bystander intervention attitudes. Journal of Student Affairs Research and Practice, 50(1), 72-87. doi: 10.1515/jsarp-2013-0005.
  • Wilson, J. , Gardner, B.C., Brosi, M.W., Topham, G.L., & Busby, D. M. (2013). Dyadic adult attachment style and aggression within romantic relationships. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy, 12, 186-205. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2013.779185.
  • Foubert, J. D., Watson, A.,, Brosi, M.W., & Fuqua, D. R.  (2012). Explaining the wind: How self-identified born again Christians define what born again means to them. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 31(3), 215-226.
  • Brosi, M.W., Foubert, J.D., Bannon, S., & Yandell, G. (2011). Effects of Women's Pornography Use on Bystander Intervention in a Sexual Assault Situation and Rape Myth Acceptance. Oracle: The Research Journal of the Association of Fraternity/Sorority Advisors, 6, 26-35.
  • Foubert, J. D. , Brosi, M.W., & Bannon, R. S. (2011). Pornography viewing among fraternity men: Effects on bystander intervention, rape myth acceptance and behavioral intent to commit sexual assault. Journal of Sex Addiction and Compulsivity, 18, 212-231. doi:10.1080/10720162.2011.625552.
  • Morgan, M., Brosi, W.A., & Brosi, M.W. (2011). Restorying older adults' narratives about self and substance abuse. American Journal of Family Therapy, 39(5), 444-455. doi: 10.1080/01926187.2011.560784.
  • Brosi, M.W. & Rolling, E.   (2010). A narrative journey for intimate partner violence: From victim to survivor. American Journal of Family Therapy, 38, 237-250. doi: 10.1080/01926180902961761
  • Brosi, M.W. & Weaver, J.   (2009). Confronting the internalized beast: Suicidal adolescents and family therapy (Book review). Death Studies, 33, 481-486. doi: 10.1080/07481180902805731.
  • Rolling, E. & Brosi, M.W.   (2009). A multi-leveled and integrated approach to treating intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Violence, DOI: 10.1007/s10896-009-9286-8.
  • Brosi, M.W. & Rolling, E.   (2007). The effect of value conflicts on therapists' work with abusive clients: Implications for the integration of feminist tenets. Journal of Feminist Family Therapy, 19(2).
  • Brosi, M.W. & Carolan, M.T.   (2006). Therapist response to clients' partner abuse: Implications for training and development of Marriage and Family Therapists, Contemporary Family Therapy, 28, 111-130.
  • Brosi, M.W. & Brosi, W.A.   (2002). Why not avoid a trial whenever you can? Special edition: An alternative dispute resolution for divorce Michigan Family Law Journal, 28-29.
  • Villarruel, F.A., Bessey, L.L., Onaga, E., Youatt, J.P., Carolan, M., Griffore, R.J., Silvey, L., Campbell, L., Brosi, M.W., & Brosi, W.A. (2002). The 33rd annual National Council on Family Relations media awards competition, Family Relations, 51, 89-100.