Dr. Karen Wampler has been active in the field of Couple/Marriage and Family Therapy since the mid-1970s. Her early interest in the sociology of the family led her to work with Sheldon Stryker at Indiana University (IU, bachelor’s) and Otto Pollak at the University of Pennsylvania (master’s). In the years following, she held research positions in the Physiological Psychology Laboratory and the Kinsey Institute (IU), the Franklin Institute Research Laboratories (Philadelphia), the Sociology Department and Student Health Center (Kansas State), and the IU School of Medicine’s Physician Assistant Program. In 1975, she returned to graduate school in the new MFT program at Purdue University, completing her PhD in 1979 with Dr. Douglas Sprenkle. After a career as a scholar, researcher, program director, and department chair at three universities, Dr. Wampler formally retired in 2013. However, her work in MFT research and training continues.
Career in Couple and Family Therapy
- Wampler, K. S., & Harper, J. M. (2014). Observational research. In R. Miller & L. Johnson (Eds.), Advanced methods in family therapy research (pp. 230–246). New York: Taylor and Francis.Google Scholar
- Wampler, K. S., Halverson, C. F., & Deal, J. E. (1996). Risk and resiliency in non-clinical young children: The Georgia longitudinal study. In E. M. Hetherington & E. Blechman (Eds.), Stress, coping, and resiliency in child and families (pp. 135–153). Hillsdale: Erlbaum.Google Scholar