Jennifer Jill Harman

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Associate Professor, Applied Social program coordinator
Applied Social and Health Psychology

Phone: (970) 491-1529
Office Location: 219 BHSCI
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- | Tuesday- | Wednesday- 10:00 am - 1:00 pm | Thursday- | Friday- ASHP: 11:00 am - 12:00 pm | By Appointment-

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.

Vita: harman.pdf

Other Web Sites


Microsoft Academic Search


Social Psychology Network

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:
The role of sexual arousal on perceptions of risk for STIs
An examination of how health intervention elements impact perceptions of risk and vulnerability for HIV infection
Determining how racial and social demographic changes impact punitive attitudes (in collaboration with faculty in sociology)
Examining how commitment is defined among polyamorous individuals
Exploring how confident people feel in limiting food portions alone or with others
Examining the impact of a personality feedback intervention among inmates on recidivism She collaborates with faculty and students from all over the world,from Austin, TX and Fort Collins, CO to Tanzania, Ethiopia, and Nepal.
Location: Fort Collins, CO
WebPage: Lab Website