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Family, Consumer, and Human Development


Megan Oka

Ph.D., Assistant Professor

Email: megan.oka@usu.edu
Location: FLC 207
Office Phone: 435-797-7456


PhD    Texas Tech University, 2010
Major:  Marriage and Family Therapy
Dissertation: Verbal Aggression and Couple Conflict: A Process Research Study
Advisor:  Jason Whiting, Ph.D.

MS      Brigham Young University, 2007
Major:  Marriage and Family Therapy
Thesis:  Volunteerism and Marital Quality Among LDS Senior Missionary Couples
Advisor:  Richard Miller, Ph.D.

BS       Brigham Young University, 2004
Major:  Marriage, Family, and Human Development
Minor:  Psychology


Courses Taught at Utah State University
FCHD 6900    Play in Marriage and Family Therapy
FCHD 6390    Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy

Courses Taught at Brigham Young University
MFT 695R      Play in Marriage and Family Therapy
SFL 395R       Special Topics in Family Life—Family Violence
SFL 460          Advanced Theories of Family Process
MFT 655R      Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
MFT 650         Theoretical Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
MFT 595R      Special Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy—Family Violence

Courses Taught at Texas Tech University
CFAS 2300     Community, Family, and Addiction Services—Communication, Civility and Ethics

Research Interests

My research interests are in factors related to intimate partner violence, such as safety, attachment, power, and distortion. Additionally, I am also interested in factors related to clinical success in couple and family therapy.

Research Activities

MFT COR Project—This a multi-site project collecting self-report, observational, and physiological data of couple and family therapy clients at four university clinics (Utah State, the University of Connecticut, Auburn University, Brigham Young University) and one community clinic. Self-report measures include variables such as family functioning, attachment, partner violence, parenting, child outcomes, anxiety, depression, and many others.

Utah State MFT Behavioral Coding Lab—We will be starting up a behavioral coding lab this fall. The first project will examine factors related to client dropout in couple and family therapy. These factors will include therapist/client gender, therapist interruptions of clients, and therapist talk time. Taped therapy sessions will be coded using observational software to facilitate data analysis.