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Oklahoma State University

Brandt Gardner


Associate Professor

343 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-5061
Fax: 405-744-6344


Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. Texas Tech University, Lubbock, TX Marriage & Family Therapy
M.S. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT Marriage & Family Therapy
B.S. Brigham Young University, Provo, UT Family Science


I am an associate professor of family science. I spend the majority of my professional time teaching and studying communication and interaction in marital and couple relationships. I am particularly interested in how family-of-origin experiences and relationships influence romantic relationship processes and outcomes; the physiology of marital interaction, and the proximal and distal health effects of such physiology; and the study of relationship dyads as dynamic, self-organizing systems.


  • 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.
  • Patterson, J., Gardner, B.C., Burr, B. K., Hubler, D. S., & Roberts, K. M. (2012). Nonverbal behavioral indicators of negative affect in couple interaction. Contemporary Family Therapy, 34, 11-28.
  • Gardner, B.C., Busby, D. M., Burr, B. K., & Lyon, S. E. (2011). Getting to the root of relationship attributions: Family-of-origin perspectives on self and partner views. Contemporary Family Therapy, 33, 253-272.
  • Gardner, B.C. & Butler, M. H.   (2009). Enacting relationships in MFT: The empirical, theoretical, and clinical case for incorporating enactments in the best practice model. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 8, 306-324.
  • Busby, D. M. & Gardner, B.C.   (2008). How do I analyze thee? Let me count the ways: Self and partner perceptions in couple research. Family Process. Family Process, 47, 229-242.
  • Gardner, B.C., Butler, M. H., & Seedall, R. S. (2008). En-gendering the couple-Deity relationship: Clinical implications of power, process, and problems. Family Therapy, 30, 152-166.
  • Gardner, B.C. & Wampler, K. S.   (2008). Uncovering dynamical properties in the emotional system of married couples. Contemporary Family Therapy, 30, 111-126.
  • Gardner, B.C., Busby, D. M., & Brimhall, A. S. (2007). Putting emotional reactivity in its place? Exploring family-of-origin influences on emotional reactivity, conflict, and satisfaction in premarital couples. Contemporary Family Therapy, 29, 113-127.
  • Gardner, B.C., Burr, B. K., & Wiedower, S. E. (2006). Reconceptualizing strategic family therapy: Insights from a dynamic systems perspective. Contemporary Family Therapy, 28, 339-352.
  • Brimhall, A.S. & Gardner, B.C.   (2005). Altering the abyss: Externalizing negative interaction cycles. In K.M. Hertlein & D. Viers (Eds.), The couple and family therapist's notebook: Homework, handouts, and activities for use in psychotherapy, Binghamton, NY: Haworth Press.
  • Busby, D.M., Gardner, B.C., & Taniquchi, N. (2005). The family of origin parachute model: Landing safely in adult romantic relationships, Family Relations, 54, 254-264.
  • Brimhall, A.S., Gardner, B.C., & Henline, B.H. (2003). Enhancing narrative couples therapy process with an enactment scaffolding, Contemporary Family Therapy, 25,319-414
  • Butler, M.H. & Gardner, B.C.   (2003). Adapting enactments to couple reactivity: 5 developmental stages, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 29, 311-327.
  • Butler, M.H., Stout, J.S., & Gardner, B.C. (2002). Prayer as a conflict resolution ritual: Clinical implications of religious couples' reports of relationship softening, healing perspective, and change resonsiblity, American Journal of Family Therapy, 30, 19-37.
  • Butler, M.H. & Gardner, B.C.   (2001). Ethics and the ideal helping relationship: Response to Hill and Mamalakis,Family Relations, 50, 209-214.
  • Butler, M.H., Gardner, B.C., & Bird, M.H. (1998). Not just a time out: The change dynamics of prayer for religious couples in conflict situations, Family Process, 37, 451-478.

Courses Taught

Relationships 101 HDFS  1101
Relationship Development & Marriage HDFS  2433
Family Life Education HDFS  4433
Advanced Family Theory HDFS  6522

Awards & Recognition

  • Winner, NCFR Outstanding Poster Presentation, 2008 (Family Therapy Section)
  • Profiled in "Who's Who Among America's Teachers 2005/2006 (10th ed.)"
  • Winner, NCFR Outstanding Poster Presentation, 2004 (Family Therapy Section)
  • Winner, NCFR Outstanding Poster Presentation, 2002 (Family Therapy Section)
  • Winner, NCFR Student/New Professional Paper Competition, 1997 (Religion & Family Life Section)


  • Gardner, B. C. (PI), Roberts, K. M. (Co-PI), Johnson, C. A., Fournier, D. G., & Weiner, J. (Consultants). Researching Recruitment Challenges in Low-income Marriage Education Programs. (2005-2008), Administration for Children and Families Healthy Marriage Research Initiative. ($544,805)
  • Wampler, K. S. (PI) & Gardner, B. C. Helping young children through divorce. (2001-2003), Family Trust Fund, Texas Office of the Attorney General. ($102,815)

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • International Association for Relationship Research


  • Coordinator, HDFS Observation & Coding Center
  • Member, Provost's Reappointment/Promotion/Tenure Task Force (2011-2012)
  • Member, OSU Institutional Review Board