Mindy Stafford Markham

Mindy Stafford Markham

Interim Department Head
Associate Professor

Contact Information

302 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Human Development and Family Studies with a minor in Women's and Gender Studies, University of Missouri (2010)
  • M.S. in Human Development and Family Studies, University of Missouri (2005)
  • B.S. in Family Studies and Human Services, Kansas State University (2003)

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Certified Family Life Educator (CFLE)

Areas of Specialization

  • Relationships following divorce and separation
  • Co-parenting
  • Utilization of communication technology
  • Mothering

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Dr. Markham's program of research focuses on relationships following divorce and separation, with particular interest in the coparenting relationship between former partners who continue to parent together from separate households. She also investigates the ways in which communication technology aides in communication between former partners and between parents and children from a distance.

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 301: Helping Relationship
  • HDFS 585: Professional Seminar in Human Development and Family Science
  • FSHS 808: The Process of Divorce
  • FSHS 809: Qualitative Research Methods in Family Science
  • FSHS 909: Advanced Qualitative Research Methods

Professional Biography

Dr. Mindy Markham is an Associate Professor and Interim Department Head in the Applied Human Sciences Department at Kansas State University. Markham has a bachelor's degree in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University, and a master's and doctorate in Human Development and Family Studies with a certificate in Women's and Gender Studies from the University of Missouri. Her primary research interest is post-divorce relationships, principally co-parenting relationships between former partners. Additional research interests include gender issues within families, particularly mothering within the context of divorce or separation. During her time at K-State, Markham has received a Big 12 Faculty Fellowship Award and the Academic Advisor of the Year Award. Markham also currently serves on the Editorial Board for the journal Family Relations and the Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. She has also been recognized as an EAB Rising Higher Education Leaders Fellow and serves as the Kansas State University Faculty Senate Past President.

Personal Information

Dr. Markham attended K-State as an undergraduate student and was excited at the opportunity to come back to K-State to work as a faculty member. She believes K-State is a fantastic place to be both as a student and as a faculty member, and loves being a part of the K-State family. Markham also keeps busy with her husband, Doug, raising two energetic children. As a family they enjoy attending K-State sporting events, going to the lake, and snow skiing.

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