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, Narcissism

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

Woman & Home
June 10, 2022
Sexual anxiety is something that many people will experience at some point in their lives. While we expect it at the beginning of new sexual relationships, feelings of nervousness can seep into established dynamics too.
Play Tech
June 9, 2022
We all understand that digital interactions can be devoid of human warmth and empathy. But there are times and situations where distance and anonymity are a plus. Dealing with the challenges of intimate relationships is not at all surprising, it is one of them.
Metro
May 11, 2022
Dr. Katherine Hertlein, sex therapist and principal researcher at relationship app Blueheart, says pink flags are similar to red flags, but they aren’t deal-breakers – yet.
Metro
March 24, 2022
There are not many things more infuriating in a relationship than having every conversation abruptly cut off due to a phone call or ‘hilarious’ group chat message.

Articles Featuring Katherine M. Hertlein

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Campus News | March 7, 2022

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Campus News | December 8, 2021

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Campus News | July 9, 2021

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