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Karina Shreffler1115 Main Hall
Tulsa, OK 74106
|Degree||Institution||Area of Study|
|Ph.D.||Pennsylvania State University||Sociology and Demography|
|M.A.||Pennsylvania State University||Sociology|
|B.S.||Oklahoma State University||Sociology|
My research interests include childbearing intentions, behaviors, and consequences of various reproductive experiences for individuals and couples. I am interested in reproductive experiences and barriers such as infertility and pregnancy loss; attitudes about parenthood and pregnancy plans; and mental health and relationship consequences. For example, I have examined how the experience of stillbirth impacts women’s mental health and divorce risk. I am also interested in work and family issues, including how parents navigate work and family demands. Though much of my work to date has focused on adults, I am currently studying reproductive and contraceptive attitudes and behaviors among teens as well. I am currently PI on several studies. These include an NIH-funded ($1.9M) study to examine prenatal exposures, birth outcomes, and rapid repeat pregnancy (The HATCH Project: Holistic Assessment of Tulsa Children’s Health); a study of neurotoxins and risky behaviors in adolescents; and a youth entrepreneurship development project. For more information about this study and my other research projects, please see my recruitment newsletter.
45. Shreffler, K.M., *Giano, Z., Tiemeyer, S., Gallus, K., Cox, R.B., & Merten, M. (Forthcoming). Trauma and early adolescent perceptions about sex and parenthood: The mediating role of anger regulation. Youth and Society
44. *Wyatt, T., Shreffler, K.M., & Ciciolla, L. (Forthcoming). Neonatal Intensive Care Unit admittance and maternal postpartum depression. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology
43. Greil, A.L., Leyser-Whalen, O., McQuillan, J., Shreffler, K.M., Lowry, M., & Johnson, K.M. (Conditional acceptance). Does self-identifying as having a health problem precede medical contact? The case of fertility. Sociological Focus
42. Shreffler, K.M., Tiemeyer, S., McQuillan, J., Greil, A.L., & *Spierling, T. (2018). Couple congruence on fertility intentions and values and implications for fertility behavior. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. doi: 10.1177/0265407518787232
41. Johnson, K.M., Greil, A.L., Shreffler, K.M., & McQuillan, J. (2018). Fertility and infertility: Toward an integrative research agenda. Population Research and Policy Review. https://doi.org/10.1007/s11113-018-9476-2
40. *Spierling, T., & Shreffler, K.M. (2018). Tough decisions: Exploring women’s decisions following unintended pregnancy. Frontiers in Sociology, 3, 11. doi: 10.3389/fsoc.2018.00011
39. *Giano, Z., *Tuttle, B., Merten, M.J., Gallus, K.L., Cox, R.B., & Shreffler, K.M. (2018). Parental documentation status and educational aspirations among Latino adolescents: Mediating effects of school connectedness and parental attitudes towards education. Hispanic Journal of Behavioral Sciences, 40(3), 279-293.doi: 0739986318770377.
38. Shreffler, K.M., *Giano, Z., Merten, M.M., Cox, R.B., & Gallus, K.L. (2018). Parent documentation status and academic attitudes and expectations among early adolescent Latinos. Journal of Adolescence, 64, 48-51.
37.Greil, A.L., Slauson-Blevins, K.S., McQuillan, J., Lowry, M.H., *Burch, A.R., & Shreffler, K.M. (2018). Relationship satisfaction among infertile couples: Implications of gender and self-identification. Journal of Family Issues, 39(5), 1304-1325. doi:10.1177/0192513X17699027
36. Leyser-Whalen, O., Greil, A.L., McQuillan, J., Shreffler, K.M., & Johnson, K.M. (2017). ‘Just because a doctor says something, doesn’t mean that [it] will happen’: Self-perception as having a fertility problem among infertility patients. Sociology of Health and Illness doi:10.1111/1467-9566.12657
35. Shreffler, K.M., Greil, A.L., & McQuillan, J. (2017). Responding to infertility: Lessons from a growing body of research and suggested guidelines for practice. Invited paper for Special Issue on Translational Family Science: Family Relations, 66(4), 644-658. doi:10.1111/fare.12281
34. Wonch Hill, T., Cacciatore, J., Shreffler, K.M., & *Pritchard, K.M. (2017). The loss of self: The effect of miscarriage, stillbirth, and child loss on maternal self-esteem. Death Studies, 41(4), 226-235doi: 10.1080/07481187.2016.1261204
33. Shreffler, K.M. (2017). Contextual understanding of lower fertility among U.S. women in the paid labor force. Journal of Family Issues, 38(2), 204-224.doi:10.1177/0192513X16634765
32. Greil, A., Slauson-Blevins, K.S., Shreffler, K.M., Johnson, K.M., *Lowry, M.H., Burch, A.R., & McQuillan, J. (2017). Decline in ethical concerns about reproductive technologies among a representative sample of U.S. women. Public Understanding of Science, 26(7), 789-805. doi: 10.11777/0963662515625402.
31.Tichenor, V., McQuillan, J., Greil, A.L., *Bedrous, A.V., *Clark, A., & Shreffler, K.M. (2017). Variation in attitudes toward being a mother by race/ethnicity and education among women in the United States. Sociological Perspectives, 60(3), 600-619. doi:10.1177/0731121416662452
30. Shreffler, K.M., McQuillan, J., Greil, A.L., & Gallus, K.L. (2016). Reasons for tubal sterilization, regret, and depressive symptoms. Journal of Reproductive and Infant Psychology, 34(3),304-313. doi: 10/1080/02646838.2016.1169397
29. Shreffler, K.M., *Tiemeyer, S., Dorius, C., Greil, A.L., McQuillan, J., & *Spierling, T. (2016). Infertility and fertility intentions, desires, and outcomes among U.S. women. Demographic Research, 35(39), 1149-1168. doi: 10.4054/DemRes.2016.35.39
28. Greil, A.L., McQuillan, J., Slauson-Blevins, K.S., Tiemeyer, S., & Shreffler, K.M. (2016). A new way to estimate the potential unmet need for infertility services among women in the US. Journal of Women’s Health, 25, 133-1388. doi: 10.1089/jwh.2015.5390
27. Shreffler, K.M., McQuillan, J., Greil, A.L., & Johnson, D.R. (2015). Surgical sterilization, regret, and race: Contemporary patterns. Social Science Research, 50, 31-45. doi:10.1016/j.ssresearch.2014.10.010
26. Shreffler, K.M., Greil, A.L., Mitchell, K.S., & McQuillan, J. (2015). Variation in pregnancy intendedness across U.S. women’s pregnancies. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 19(5), 932-938. doi: 10.1007/s10995-014-1615-8
25. McQuillan, J., Greil, A.L. Shreffler, K.M., & *Bedrous, A.V. (2015). The importance of motherhood and fertility intentions among women in the United States. Sociological Perspectives, 58(1), 20- 35. doi: 10.1177/0731121414534393
24. Cox, R. B., Shreffler, K. M., Merten, M. J., Schwerdtfeger, K. L., & *Dowdy, J. (2015). Parenting, peers, and perceived norms: What predicts attitudes toward sex among early adolescents? Journal of Early Adolescence, 35(1), 30-53. doi: 10.1177/0272431614523131
23. Criss, M. M., *Lee, T. K., Morris, A. S., Cui, L., *Bosler, C. D., Shreffler, K. M., & Silk, J. S. (2015). Link between monitoring behavior and adolescent adjustment: An analysis of direct and indirect effects. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(3), 668-678. doi: 10.1007/s10826-013-9887-0
22. Gallus, K.L., Shreffler, K.M., Merten, M., & Cox, R. (2014). Interpersonal trauma and depressive symptoms in early adolescents: Exploring the moderating roles of parent and school connectedness. Journal of Early Adolescence, 35(7), 990-1013. doi: 10.1177/0272431614548067
21. Cox, R.B., Jr., *Zapata, M., 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.
20. Shreffler, K.M. & Johnson, D.R. (2013). Fertility intentions, career considerations and subsequent births: The moderating effects of women’s work hours. Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 34(3), 285-295. doi: 10.1007/s10834-012-9331-2
19. Greil, A.L., Shreffler, K.M., Johnson, K., McQuillan, J., & Slauson-Blevins, K. (2013). The importance of social cues for discretionary health services utilization: The case of infertility. Sociological Inquiry, 83(2), 209-237. doi: 10.1111/soin.1200
18. McQuillan, J., Greil, A.L., Shreffler, K.M., Hill, P.W., *Gentzler, K.C., & *Hathcoat, J.D. (2012). Does the reason matter? Variations in childlessness concerns among U.S. women. Journal of Marriage and Family, 74(5), 1166-1181. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3737.2012.0105.x
17. Shreffler, K.M., *Wilson, G., Stamps Mitchell, K., & Schwerdtfeger, K.L. (2012). Considering planning salience in women’s pregnancy intentions. Journal of Family Planning and Reproductive Health Care, 38(3), 204.
16. Shreffler, K.M., *Hill, P.W., & Cacciatore, J. (2012). Explaining increased odds of divorce following miscarriage or stillbirth. Journal of Divorce and Remarriage, 53, 91-107. doi: 10.1080/10502556.2012.651963
15. Greil, A.L., McQuillan, J., Shreffler, K.M., *Johnson, K., & *Slauson, K. (2011). Race-ethnicity and medical services for infertility: Stratified reproduction in a population-based sample of U.S. women. Journal of Health and Social Behavior, 52(4), 493-509. doi: 10.1177/0022146511418236
14. Greil, A.L., Shreffler, K.M., Schmidt, L., & McQuillan, J. (2011). Variation in distress among women with infertility: Evidence from a population-based sample. Human Reproduction, 26(8), 2101-2112. doi: 10/1093/humrep/der148
13. Tichenor, V., McQuillan, J. Greil, A.L., & Shreffler, K.M. (2011). The importance of fatherhood to U.S. married and cohabiting men. Fathering, 9(3), 232-251. doi: 10.3149/fth.0903.232
12. Shreffler, K.M., *Meadows, M.P, & Davis, K.D. (2011). Firefighting and fathering: Work-family conflict, parenting stress, and parenting satisfaction. Fathering, 9(2), 169-188.
11. Shreffler, K.M., Greil, A.L., & McQuillan, J., (2011). Pregnancy loss and distress among U.S. women. Family Relations, 60(3), 342-355.
10. Greil, A.L., McQuillan, J., *Lowry, M. & Shreffler, K.M. (2011). Infertility treatment and fertility-specific distress: A longitudinal analysis of a population-based sample of U.S. women. Social Science and Medicine, 73(1), 87-94.
9. Drago, R., *Sawyer, K., Shreffler, K.M., Wooden, M., & Warren, D. (2011). Did Australia’s baby bonus increase fertility intentions and births? Population Research and Policy Review, 30, 381-397.
8. Shreffler, K.M, Johnson, D.R., & Scheuble, L.K. (2010). Ethical problems with infertility treatments: Attitudes and explanations. The Social Science Journal, 47, 731-746. doi:10.1016/j.soscij.2010.07.012
7. Shreffler, K.M., Pirretti, A.E., & Drago, R. (2010). Work-family conflict and fertility intentions:Does gender matter?” Journal of Family and Economic Issues, 31, 228-240.
6. McQuillan, J., Greil, A.L., & Shreffler, K.M. (2010). Pregnancy intentions for women who do not try: Recognizing women who are okay either way. Maternal and Child Health Journal, 15, 178-187.
5. Greil, A.L., McQuillan, J., *Johnson, K., *Blevins-Slauson, K., & Shreffler, K.M. (2009). The hidden infertile: Infertile women without pregnancy intent in the United States. Fertility and Sterility, 93, 2080-2083.
4. Shreffler, K.M., McQuillan, J., Greil, A.L., Lacy, N., & *Ngaruiya, C. (2009). Odds of having a regular physician and perceptions of caring: Ethnic patterns among women aged 25 to 45. Family Medicine, 41(4), 248-253.
3. Schwerdtfeger, K.L. & Shreffler, K.M. (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.
2. Shreffler, K.M. & Dodoo, F.N.A. (2009). The role of intergenerational transfers, land, and education in fertility transition in rural Kenya: The case of Nyeri District. Population and Environment, 30(3): 75-92.
1.McQuillan, J., Greil, A.L., Shreffler, K.M., & Tichenor, V. (2008). The importance of motherhood among women in the contemporary United States. Gender & Society, 22(4), 477-496.
|Introduction to Research Methods||HDFS 3513|
|Adulthood and Aging||HDFS 4413|
|Critical Issues in Human Development and Family Science||HDFS 4533|
|Families and Work||HDFS 4713|
|Family Resource Management||HDFS 4713|
|The Family: A World Perspective||HDFS 4793|
|Policy in Human Development and Family Science||HDFS 5313|
|Issues in Family Science||HDFS 5513|
|Individual and Family Resource Management||HDFS 5713|
Awards & Recognition
President’s Outstanding Teaching Award, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, 2012
President’s Fellows Faculty Research Award, Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, 2017
President’s Outstanding Research Award, Oklahoma State University, Tulsa, 2017
- Big 12 Faculty Fellowship to visit the University of Nebraska-Lincoln ($2,500), 2010
- Center for Work and Family Fellowship, Pennsylvania State University, 2006-2007
- William and Flora Hewlett Foundation Developing Country Travel Grant ($2,650), 2004
- African Population and Health Research Center Internship, Nairobi, Kenya, 2004
Principal Investigator, 50% FTE. 7/1/2016-6/30/2022. HATCH: Holistic Assessment of Tulsa Children's
Health. National Institute of General Medical Sciences (NIGMS) R01 as part of
1 P20 GM 109097. Total award for R01: $1.91 million; total award for P20: $11.3M.
Principal Investigator, 10% FTE. 01/01/17 - 6/30/17. Environmental Exposures and Adolescent Risky
Behaviors. Department of Human Development and Family Science Endowed Chair and
Professorship Funds: $29,536.92
Principal Investigator, 5% FTE. 8/1/2016 - 6/30/2017. Strengthening Oklahoma Families and
Communities via Youth Entrepreneurship. College of Human Sciences Seed Funding for
Interdisciplinary Initiatives to Raise Oklahoma to the Top: $10,000
Principal Investigator, 24% FTE. 8/1/2014 - 6/30/2016. Adverse Maternal/Child Health in Rural
Oklahoma. Oklahoma Agricultural Experiment Station (OAES): $92,284.91.
Consultant. 7/1/12 - 6/30/15. Understanding Resilience in Adolescent Girls: Parent, Peer, and Emotion
Dynamics. National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD; Amanda
Morris, PI): $492,937.
Co-Principal Investigator, 5% FTE. 7/1/11 - 6/30/13. Promoting Mental Health in High Risk Adolescent
Girls. Oklahoma Center for the Advancement of Science and Technology (OCAST, Amanda
Morris, PI and Michael Criss, co-PI): $135,000.
Co-Principal Investigator, 5% FTE. 7/1/10 - 6/30/11. Tulsa Teen Pregnancy Baseline Study. George
Kaiser Family Foundation (with Ron Cox, Michael Merten, and Kami Schwerdtfeger as Co-PIs).
Co-Principal Investigator, 5% FTE. 7/1/10 - 6/30/11. Consumer Debt among Older Adults in
Rural Oklahoma. Donna Cadwalader Research and Development Grant (with Eileen St. Pierre as
Principal Investigator. 2/1/10 - 6/30/10. National Survey of Fertility Barriers Continuation
Grant Writing Meeting at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Big 12 Faculty Fellowship,
Oklahoma State University: $2,500.
Principal Investigator. 11/1/09 - 6/01/10. National Survey of Fertility Barriers User Workshop.
Population Association of America: $10,000.
- National Council on Family Relations: Chair of the Family and Health Section
- Population Association of America (PAA)
- American Sociological Association (ASA)
- Council on Contemporary Families