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Kristin Anders

Kristin Anders

Research Assistant Professor

Contact Information

311 Justin Hall


  • Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee
  • M.S. in Child and Family Studies, University of Tennessee 

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Sexuality
  • Emerging Adulthood
  • Dating Violence
  • Healthy Relationships
  • Sexual Education
  • Adolescence
  • Identity Development

Research, Scholarship, and Creative Endeavors

Kristin's research program focuses on sexual and relationship development in adolescence and emerging adulthood. Specifically, much of her work focuses on emerging adult sexual identity development, the use of violence in sexual and romantic relationships, and understanding how cultural or social norms affect identity development during adolescence. She uses this research to better inform and strengthen sexual and relationship education in high schools and colleges, along with promoting public scholarship in non-academic communities. Kristin is currently involved in the HAARRT Lab with Dr. Michelle Toews.

Courses Taught

  • HDFS 302 Introduction to Human Sexuality
  • HDFS 506 Middle Childhood and Adolescence
  • HDFS 852 Family Theories 
  • FSHS 865 Human Sexuality

Professional Biography

Kristin is a Research Assistant Professor in Human Development and Family Science at Kansas State University. Kristin previously served as a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the College of Health and Human Sciences (formally College of Human Ecology) on two Administration for Children and Family grants focused on developing, implementing, and evaluating relationship education programs for vulnerable youth in Kansas and Texas. Previously, Kristin has taught courses related to Human Sexuality and Romantic Relationship development, and is looking forward to continuing both her instruction and research related to these topics. Kristin currently serves as the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA) Communications Co-chair and Sexuality Topic Network Emerging Scholar co-chair. Further, Kristin also serves as the Director of Communications and Marketing for Relevate, a multidisciplinary project dedicated to increasing public scholarship of academic research to communities.

Personal Information

Kristin made the move to Kansas with her husband Tucker and their dog from Knoxville, Tennessee in summer 2017. Although Kansas may be significantly flatter than the Smoky Mountains, they have come to love the rolling hills and community unique to Manhattan and K-State. When not in her office, you can usually find Kristin enjoying all the outdoor activities that Little Apple has to offer including hiking the Konza Prairie, cycling to the Farmer's Market, or porch sitting with her husband and dog. Kristin is also an avid cook, sports fan (go Vols and Wildcats), and loves to travel.

Vita (pdf)