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Oklahoma State University

Kami Gallus

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Associate Professor, Marriage & Family Therapy

225 Human Sciences
Stillwater, OK 74078
Phone: 405-744-8351
Fax: 405-744-6344

kami.gallus@okstate.edu

Education

Degree Institution Area of Study
Ph.D. Texas Tech University Marriage and Family Therapy
M.S. Kansas State University Family Studies and Human Services with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy
B.A. Anderson University Psychology & Family Science

Expertise

My passion for research, service, and outreach is focused on exploring and effectively responding to risk and resilience factors associated with stressful life events and trauma, with specific attention on family relationship outcomes. My current work in conjunction with talented colleagues and outstanding graduate and undergraduate students focuses on advancing the quality of life of Oklahomans by exploring the risk and resilience factors facing unique populations of individuals and their families. My current scholarship explores the process of resilience among three specific populations: • Individuals with intellectual and developmental disabilities and their families • Early adolescents and their families • Trauma survivors and their families In addition to my research, I enjoy teaching graduate classes and supervising as one of three core MFT faculty in the MFT master’s program at OSU – the only Commission of Accreditation for Marriage and Family Therapy Education (COAMFTE) accredited program in the state of Oklahoma. Through the connection of my teaching and research, it is rewarding to provide therapists in-training with unique experiences that enhances their understanding, acceptance, and competence when working with diverse populations.

Publications

Ruhlmann, L. M., Gallus, K. L., & Durtschi, J. A. (in press). Exploring relationship satisfaction and attachment behaviors in single- and dual-trauma couples: A pilot study. Traumatology.

McGee, K. M., PettyJohn, M., & Gallus, K. L. (in press). Ambiguous Loss: A phenomenological exploration of women seeking support following miscarriage. Journal of Loss and Trauma.

Gallus, K. L., & Jones, J. L. (in press). Understanding and supporting identity formation and meaning making among individuals with intellectual disability and their families.  In B. S. Nelson Goff & N. P. Springer (Eds.), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Road Map for Families and Professionals (pp. 100-123). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Jones, J. L.,& Gallus, K. L. (in press). Meaningful employment: Fostering opportunities for adults with IDD to thrive. In B. S. Nelson Goff & N. P. Springer (Eds.), Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities: A Road Map for Families and Professionals (pp. 188-200). New York: Routledge/Taylor & Francis.

Richardson, N. M. & Gallus, K. L. (in press). Focusing in experiential therapy in couple and family therapy. In J. L. Lebow, A. L. Chambers, & D. C. Breunlin (Eds.), The encyclopedia of couple and family therapy. New York, NY: Springer Publications.

Zapata Roblyer, M. I., Carlos, F. L., Merten, M. J., & Gallus, K., & Grzywacz, G. J. (2016). Psychosocial factors associated with depressive symptoms among Latina immigrants living in a new arrival community. Journal of Latino Psychology. doi:10.1037/lat0000068

†Jones, J. L., & Gallus, K. L. (2016). Understanding families’ perspectives of deinstitutionalization: What families value and desire in the transition to community living. Research and Practice for Persons with Severe Disabilities, 41(2), 116–131. doi: 10.1177/1540796916637050

† Featured as a Top Story in the May 17, 2016 edition of Disability Scoop. Retrieved from https://www.disabilityscoop.com/2016/05/17/community-living-skeptics-change/22323/

† Featured on the May 12, 2016 TASH Amplified Podcast Series. Retrieved from http://tash.org/blog/2016/05/13/matters-family-members-relative-transitions-community-living/

Jones, J. L., Gallus, K. L., & Cothern, A. (2016). Breaking down barriers to community inclusion through service-learning: A qualitative exploration. Inclusion, 4(4), 215-225. doi: 10.1352/2326-6988-4.4.215

Shreffler, K. M., McQuillan, J., Greil, A. L., & Gallus, K. L. (2016). Reasons for tubal sterilisation, regret, and depressive symptoms. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34(3), 304-313.doi: 10.1080/02646838.2016.1169397

Oseland, L. M., Bishop, A. J., Gallus, K. L., &Randall, G. K. (2016). Early and late life exposure to trauma and biopsychosocial wellbeing in centenarians. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 21(5), 433-443. doi: 10.1080/15325024.2015.1117927

Oseland, L. M., Schwerdtfeger Gallus, K. L., & Nelson Goff, B. S. (2016). Clinical application of the Couple Adaptation to Traumatic Stress Model: A pragmatic framework for working with traumatized couples. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 15, 83-101. (Special Issue: Research and Treatment Models Addressing Trauma in Couples). doi: 10.1080/15332691.2014.938284

Jones, J. L., Gallus, K. L., Vierling, K. & Oseland, L. M. (2015). Are you by chance on the spectrum?’ Adolescents with ASD making sense of their diagnoses. Disability & Society, 30, 1490-1504.doi: 10.1080/09687599.2015.1108902

†Cox, R. B., Shreffler, K. M., Merten, M. J., Schwerdtfeger Gallus, K. L., & Dowdy, J. (2015). Parenting, peers, and perceived norms: What predicts attitudes toward sex among early adolescents? Journal of Early Adolescence, 35, 30–53. doi: 10.1177/0272431614523131

†Article digested as an important recent publication in the field. 

Schwerdtfeger Gallus, K. L., Shreffler, K. M., Cox, R. B., & Merten, M. J. (2014). Early life trauma, parent and school connectedness, and psychological distress in early adolescence. Journal of Early Adolescence. doi: 10.1177/0272431614548067

Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (2014). The trauma-informed clinician: Developing self-awareness and self-care. In R. A. Bean, S. D. Davis, & M. P. Davey (Eds.), Increased Self-Awareness: Experiential Exercises for Dedicated Clinicians and Supervisors (pp. 119-126). New Jersey: Wiley.

Schwerdtfeger, K. L., Todd, J., Oliver, M., & Hubler, D. (2013). Trying v. Not Trying: A qualitative exploration of pregnancy intentions, the transition to parenthood, and the couple relationship. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 12, 113-134. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2013.779095

Schwerdtfeger, K. L., Larzelere, R., Werner, D., Peters, C. & Oliver, M. (2013). Intergenerational transmission of trauma: Mediation of parenting styles on toddler’s DSM-related symptoms.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22, 211-229. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2013.743941

         † Featured in the Editor’s Choice Article Collection (June, 2014) for the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma

Cox, R. B., Roblyer, M. Z., Merten, M. J., Shreffler, K. M., & Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (2013). Do parent-child acculturation gaps affect early adolescent Latino alcohol Use? A study of the probability and extent of use. Substance Abuse Treatment, Prevention, and Policy, 8(4). doi: 10.1186/1747-597X-8-4

Schwerdtfeger, K. L. & Oseland, L. (2013). The interpersonal paradox of trauma. In T. Van Leeuwen & M. Brouwer (Eds.), Psychology of Trauma (pp. 183-196). New York: NOVA.

Wilson, G., Shreffler, K.M., Stamps, K., & Schwerdtfeger, K.L. (2012). Considering planning salience in women’s pregnancy intentions. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 38, 204. doi:10.1136/jfprhc-2011-100280

Henry, S. B., Smith, D. B., Archuleta, K., Sanders-Hahs, E., Nelson Goff, B. S., Reisbig, A. M. J., Schwerdtfeger, K. L., Bole, A., Hayes, E., Hoheisel, C. B., Nye, B., Osby-Williams, J., & Scheer, T. (2011). Trauma and couples: Mechanisms in dyadic functioning. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37, 319-332. doi: 10.1111/j.1752-0606.2010.00203.x

Gardner, B. C., & Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (2010). Trauma, transitions and the marital relationship.In K. S. Pearlman (Ed.), Marriage: Roles, Stability, and Conflict: Family Issues in the 21st Century (pp. 203-217). New York: NOVA.

Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (2009). The appraisal of quantitative and qualitative trauma-focused research procedures among pregnant participants. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 3(1), 39-51. doi: 10.1525/jer.2009.4.4.39    

Schwerdtfeger, K. L., & Wampler, K. S. (2009). Sexual trauma and pregnancy: A qualitative exploration of women’s dual life experience. Contemporary Family Therapy, 31(2), 100-122. doi: 10.1007/s10591-009-9083-9

Schwerdtfeger, K. L., & Shreffler, K. (2009). Trauma of pregnancy loss and infertility for mothers and involuntarily childless women in the contemporary United States. Journal of Loss and Trauma, 14(3), 211-227.doi: 10.1080/15325020802537468

Schwerdtfeger, K. L., Osby-Williams, J., Hoheisesl, C. B., Nye, B., Nelson Goff, B. S., Reisbig, A. M. J., Archuleta, K., Henry, S. B., Bole, A., Hayes, E., Sanders-Hahs, E., Scheer, T., & Smith, D. B. (2008).Individual symptoms and coping resources reported by trauma survivors and their partners: A qualitative research study with clinical couples. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 7(3), 187-209.doi: 10.1080/15332690802238043

Schwerdtfeger, K. L., & Nelson Goff, B. S. (2008). The effects of trauma-focused research on pregnant female participants. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics, 3(1), 59-67. doi: 10.1525/jer.2008.3.1.59

Schwerdtfeger, K. L., & Nelson Goff, B. S. (2007). The intergenerational transmission of trauma: Exploring mother-fetus prenatal attachment. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(1), 39-51.doi: 10.1002/jts.20179

Nelson Goff, B. S., Reisbig, A. M. J., Bole, A., Scheer, T., Hayes, E., Archuleta, K. L., Henry, S. B., Hoheisel, C. B., Nye, B., Osby, J., Sanders, E., Schwerdtfeger, K. L., & Smith, D. B. (2006). The effects of trauma on interpersonal functioning: A clinical research study. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 76(4), 451-60. doi:10.1037/0002-9432.76.4.451

Nelson Goff, B. S., & Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (2004). The systemic impact of traumatized children. In D. R. Catherall (Ed.), Handbook of stress, trauma, and the family (pp. 179-202). New York: Brunner-Routledge.

Awards  & Recognition

  • 2016 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award – Board of Human Sciences
  • 2015 Undergraduate Research Mentor Award – College of Human Sciences
  • 2014 Outstanding Graduate Faculty Mentor – College of Human Sciences

Courses Taught

Coping with Family Crises HDFS  5543
Theoretical Models of Marriage and Family Therapy HDFS  5613
Systems Theory HDFS  5623
Marriage and Family Therapy Practicum HDFS  5690

Grants

Jones, J. L. (PI), & Gallus, K. L. (Co-PI). (2017-2018). Oklahoma National Core Indicators. Non-competitive external contract with Oklahoma Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Services. Funded $266,629.

Jones, J. L., & Gallus, K. L. (Co-PIs). (2017-2018). Well-being among individuals with intellectual disability and caregivers. Competitive internal grant with Oklahoma State University Endowed Parenting Professorship (Dr. Robert Larzelere) seed/bridge grant. Funded $16,335.

Cox, R. (PI), & Gallus, K. L. (Co-I). (2016-2022). A randomized controlled trial of the effectiveness of Juntos to reduce substance use among Latino immigrant youth. National Institutes of Health, Institute of General Medical Science. Funded $2,367,310.

Jones, J. L. (PI), & Gallus, K. L. (Co-PI). (2016-2017). Oklahoma National Core Indicators. Non-competitive external contract with Oklahoma Department of Human Services Developmental Disabilities Services. Funded $266,629.

Jones, J. L., & Gallus, K. L. (Co-PIs). (2016). NORCE and SORC Family Member Study. Competitive internal grant with Oklahoma State University Center for Family Resilience seed funding for community engagement, education/translation, and research projects. Funded $2,000.

Jones, J. L. (PI), & Gallus, K. L. (Co-PI). (2015-2016). Oklahoma National Core Indicators. Non-competitive external contract with Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Funded $296,255.

Jones, J. L., & Gallus, K. L. (Co-PIs). (2015). NORCE and SORC Parent and Sibling Study. Competitive internal grant with Oklahoma State University Endowed Parenting Professorship (Dr. Robert Larzelere) Seed/Bridge Grant. Funded $5,000.

Jones, J. L. (PI), & Gallus, K. L. (Co-PI). (2014-2015). Oklahoma National Core Indicators. Non-competitive external contract with Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Funded $299,498.

Jones, J. L. (PI), & Gallus, K. L. (Co-PI). (2014). NORCE and SORC Transition to Community Guardian Survey, Non-competitive external contract with Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Funded $16,968. 

Jones, J. L. (PI), & Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (Co-PI). (2013-2014). Oklahoma National Core Indicators. Non-competitive external contract with Oklahoma Department of Human Services. Funded $247,746.

Cox, R. B. (PI), Shreffler, K. M. (Co-PI), Merten, M. J. (Co-PI), & Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (Co-PI). (2010-2012). Preventing Teenage Pregnancy: A Needs Assessment and Baseline Study of Youth in Tulsa, OK. George Kaiser Family Foundation. Funded $87,000.

Cox, R. B. (PI), Johnston, J. (Co-PI), & Schwerdtfeger, K. L. (Co-PI). (2008-2010). Hispanic Children and Youth Needs Assessment. Team Initiative Program. Funded $51,000.

Professional Memberships

  • American Association for Marriage & Family Therapy (AAMFT)

Service

  • Editorial Board, Journal of Marital and Family Therapy (2017-present)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy (2012-present)
  • Editorial Board, Journal of Loss and Trauma (2010 present)
  • Editorial Board, Marriage & Family Review (2010-present

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