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

The AAMFT Podcast
February 14, 2020
Katherine Hertlein is a professor at UNLV whose research and publications have been recognized with multiple awards including a Fulbright Scholarship. In this episode, she discusses how technology influences couple and family therapy and how social media, online infidelity, and telehealth impact the delivery of services.
Mashable
February 13, 2020
While dating apps revolve around snap decisions, Hertlein says in-person meetings tend to be more forgiving.
Mashable
December 5, 2019
There’s nowhere you can go to escape the political hell we’ve been living in since 2016 — not even on dating apps, apparently.
KTNV-TV: ABC 13
November 28, 2019
Thanksgiving can be a stressful time for many people because it can mean spending time with family that you may not get along with.

Articles Featuring Katherine M. Hertlein

Katherine Hertlein listening to person talk.
Arts and CultureDecember 2, 2019
UNLV Couple and Family Therapy professor offers strategies for when requests to pass the salt escalate into debates on passing tax and immigration reform.
People preparing to cut ribbon on new Fertitta Complex
Campus NewsNovember 1, 2019
A collection of local, national, and international news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
Campus NewsJune 26, 2019
A collection of news stories highlighting the people and programs of UNLV.
ResearchSeptember 1, 2018
In the last two years, two UNLV faculty members and four students have visited various parts of the world to study, teach, and foster international goodwill as part of the prestigious Fulbright Program.