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Jared R. Anderson

Jared R. Anderson

Associate Professor

Contact Information

113 Campus Creek Complex
(785) 532-4198


  • Ph.D. in Family Social Science, University of Minnesota
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University
  • B.A. in Psychology, Graceland College

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) Approved Supervisor

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Marriage and Health
  • Military Couples
  • Romantic Relationships in Mainland China
  • Couples on the Brink of Divorce

Courses Taught

  • FSHS 870 Couples and Sex Therapy
  • FSHS 877 Individual and Family Assessment in MFT
  • FSHS 885 M.S. Practicum in MFT
  • FSHS 983 MFT Research
  • FSHS 985 Ph.D. Practicum in MFT
  • FSHS 986 Ph.D. Practicum in Supervision

Professional Biography

Jared R. Anderson, Ph.D., is an associate professor of marriage and family therapy in the School of Family Studies and Human Services at Kansas State University. Dr. Anderson's research interests include romantic relationship development, the process of change in marital quality across the lifespan and interventions to strengthen marriages and families. He is particularly interested in longitudinal research on marriage and how marriages change over time. He is conducting research in these areas in both the U.S. and China. Current studies include an investigation of the cognitive and relational factors that are associated with diabetes management in couples where one partner has been diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes (in collaboration with the KU Diabetes Institute), the development of young adult romantic relationships in Mainland China, and a longitudinal study of newlywed Army couples. Clinically, Dr. Anderson is interested in working with couples on the brink of divorce and self-development approaches to marriage and relationship education.

Along with Dr. Sandra Stith, Dr. Anderson is currently funded by the USAF Family Advocacy Program to conduct a variety of program evaluation projects and he receives funding from the Kansas Department of Children and Families to track indicators of child and family well-being in the state of Kansas. Dr. Anderson is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Marriage and Family, the Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, and Marriage and Family Review. He is a member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) and the International Association for Relationship Research (IARR).

Personal Information

Jared grew up in a suburb of Kansas City, Missouri, where most of his family still resides. He is married to his high school sweetheart and they have three children. They love K-State sports, hiking, camping, international adventure travel, reading and spending time together as a family.

Vita (pdf)