Jennifer Jill Harman

Associate Professor, Applied Social program coordinator
Applied Social and Health PsychologyJennifer Jill faculty image
Office: 219 BHSCI
Phone: (970) 491-1529
Email: Jennifer.Harman@ColoState.edu

PhD: University of Connecticut 2005
Area of Specialization: Intimate relationships, power, family violence (e.g., parental alienation), application of social psychological theories to underrepresented populations.

Teaching Courses: Social Psychology, Infectious Diseases and Substance Use, Attitudes and Persuasion, Close Relationships, The Science of Intimate Relationships
Office Hours:
Monday- 9:00 am - 11:00 am | Tuesday- | Wednesday- | Thursday- | Friday- | By Appointment- X

Current Research: Intimate relationships, power, parental alienation, psychosocial factors associated with aggression and health behaviors (e.g., substance abuse, infectious disease risk behaviors), social interventions, recidivism prevention among criminal justice populations.


Recent Publications

Harman, J. J., Bernet, W., & Harman, J. (2019). Parental alienation: The blossoming of a field of study. Current Directions in Psychological Science, 1-6. https://doi.org/10.1177/0963721419827271

Harman, J. J., Kruk, E., & Hines, D. (2018). Parental alienating behaviors: An unacknowledged form of family violence. Psychological Bulletin, 144, 1275-1299. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/bul0000175

Harman, J. J., Leder-Elder, S. & Biringen, Z. (2016). Prevalence of parental alienation drawn from a representative poll. Children & Youth Services Review, 66, 62-66. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2016.04.021

Harman, J. J., Biringen, Z., Ratajack, E. M., Outland, P. L., & Kraus, A. (2016). Parents behaving badly: Gender biases in the perception of parental alienation. . Journal of Family Psychology, Advance online publication. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/fam0000232


Harman Close Relationships Lab: Dr. Harman's lab focuses on interpersonal relationships and health behaviors using social psychological theory. Employing experimental and qualitative techniques, undergraduate and graduate students actively collaborate with Dr. Harman to study a range of topics that lead to publications and conference presentations. Undergraduate students work in groups or on individual projects (e.g., honor's theses) and routinely meet with all lab members to discuss research issues, ideas, and proposals. A sample of some recent research topics studied in the lab include:
Power dynamics in families separated or divorced
Program evaluations of interventions targeted severely alienated children
Examining gender differences in the use of aggression
Assessing training of mental health providers for the assessment of parental alienation
Examining suicide risk among parents who have been alienated from a child
Examining biomarkers of stress responses among children who have been alienated from a parent
Understanding the prevalence of parental alienation in the U.S. and Canada
Location: Fort Collins, CO