Alisha Hardman

Alisha Hardman

Associate Professor

Contact Information

316 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. in Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University
  • B.S. in Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)
  • Trust-Based Relational Intervention (TBRI) Practitioner

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Family life education methodology (i.e., program development and evaluation)
  • Traumatic stress responses in children and families
  • Parent-child relationships
  • Parenting education
  • Relational health

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 250 Interpersonal and Family Relationships
  • HDFS 570 Program Development and Implementation
  • HDFS 770 Development and Implementation of Prevention Science Programs
  • HDFS 893 Evaluation of Prevention Science Programs

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Hardman’s current scholarly pursuits center on applied research about family stress, crisis, and trauma with an emphasis on promoting relational health to prevent and protect against the effects of traumatic and adverse childhood experiences. She co-directed an Extension parenting education program in Mississippi from 2020 through 2023, leveraging 1.6 million dollars of external state funding to serve over 1,600 parents in the state. These programming efforts focus on cultivating safe, stable, and nurturing relationships and environments for children and youth. Preliminary results have been presented at the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) conference and publications on the program model and evaluation data are in development. Dr. Hardman has over 15 years of experience developing, implementing and evaluating family life education and Extension programming. Dr. Hardman was recently elected the Affiliate Councils president-elect to represent Affiliate Councils on the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Board of Directors.

Personal Information

Alisha grew up attending K-State football games, attended K-State as an undergraduate and graduate student, and is thrilled to be returning “home” to rejoin the K-State family as a faculty member. She’s delighted to be back on campus and in the Manhattan community. She is an avid K-State sports fan and loves all things purple. Alisha enjoys spending time with her husband, Phil, and daughter, Laney. They are looking forward to attending K-State games, spending more time with extended family, and taking in all of the activities the Little Apple has to offer.

Vita (pdf)