Katherine M. Hertlein

Professor, Couple and Family Therapy
Expertise: Infidelity, Sex Therapy, Child and Adolescent Therapy, Technology and Relationships, Internet Infidelity, High-Risk Sexual Behavior

Biography

Katherine M. Hertlein is a globally recognized researcher studying sexuality, technology, and its effects on couples. As she examines the role of technology in couple and family life, Hertlein has developed the first multi-theoretical model on this issue.

In addition to technology and relationships, Hertlein’s other areas of expertise include infidelity, sexuality, high-risk sexual behavior, child and adolescent therapy, and cyber issues in couple and family therapy. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist, an American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy Approved Supervisor, and a PREPARE/ENRICH Certified Counselor.

Hertlein has co-authored 8 books, including Handbook for the Clinical Treatment of Infidelity, The Therapist’s Notebook for Family Healthcare, Handbook for the Treatment of Infidelity, Systemic Sex Therapy, and A Clinician’s Guide to Systemic Sex Therapy, which are used in many couples and family therapy training programs around the United States. She has published more than 60 articles in the notable journals in her field, contributed over 40 chapters to books, and serves on the editorial boards for several academic journals. She was recently appointed as the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy.

Hertlein earned the Greenspun College of Urban Affairs Outstanding Research Award twice and the Greenpsun College Teaching Award. She also has won the Barrick Scholar Award, the Regent's Rising Researcher Award,  Outstanding Graduate Student Mentor, and Supervisor of the Year award from the Nevada Association for Marriage and Family Therapy.

Education

  • B.A., Psychology, Truman State University
  • M.S., Marriage and Family Therapy, Purdue University Calumet
  • Ph.D., Marriage and Family Therapy, Virginia Tech University

Katherine M. Hertlein In The News

EurekAlert
July 15, 2020
Impaired intimacy, satisfaction, and infidelity in a romantic relationship can fuel Interpersonal Electronic Surveillance (IES). IES may become the preferred method for resolving relationship issues, rather than direct communication, further reducing trust and intimacy, according to the peer-reviewed journal Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking.
MIRAGE
July 13, 2020
Online surveillance in relationships is a common phenomenon. Lead author Katherine Hertlein, PhD, University of Nevada, Las Vegas, identified the individual, relationship, and technological factors for predicting IES in romantic relationships.
Yahoo!
June 16, 2020
The majority of the world has been in Covid-19 lockdown for a quarter of the entire year. Although things are beginning to ease up, there are still restrictions in place and a lot of us are still more or less cooped up with our significant others. For most of us, there was probably a time not that long ago when we would have said, “I would love nothing more than to be forced to stay inside with just each other for company” But now, more than 90 days into that reality, many of us are singing a very different tune. And relationship issues are coming to light.
Fatherly
June 16, 2020
During lockdown, minor relationship issues mutated into larger problems. Here are some of the main ones couples encountered.

Articles Featuring Katherine M. Hertlein

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Campus NewsJuly 2, 2020
A collection of news stories featuring the people and programs of UNLV.
Campus NewsMay 20, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting the staff and students of UNLV who exemplify what it means to be a Rebel, even from home.
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Business and CommunityApril 22, 2020
UNLV relationship therapist Katherine Hertlein offers strategies for singles and newly dating, longtime cohabitating, married, separated, and divorced partners to navigate quarantine conflict.
Campus NewsApril 9, 2020
A collection of news stories highlighting UNLV’s response to COVID-19 and faculty experts who have helped the community make sense of the pandemic and its impact to daily life.