Katherine Hertlein

Katherine Hertlein, Ph.D.


Couple and Family Therapy Program
MPE-A 115
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Kat is a professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health in the School of Medicine. Her scholarship addresses sexuality and sexual health in couples, couple therapy, and the effect of technology on couples and families. Her research interests also include infidelity, high-risk sexual behavior, child and adolescent therapy, and cyber issues in couple and family therapy. Kat's research, publications (10 books, over 70 articles and over 40 chapters) and teaching have been recognized by multiple awards at UNLV and beyond, including being awarded an esteemed Fulbright Scholarship. She serves as the Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy. Read more about Katherine Hertlein.


I study how technology affects couple and family life as well as how technology affects the process of therapy. More recently my work has focused on how technology and new media exacerbate intimate partner violence. My research helps people understand the ways in which technology can both complicate and better support relationships.


  • B.S., Truman State University
  • M.S., Purdue University Calumet
  • Ph.D., Virginia Tech

Areas of Special Interest and Expertise

Couple therapy, infidelity, sexuality, couple and family technology, intimate partner violence, child and adolescent therapy, narcissistic and borderline personality disorders. Kat can also tap dance and twirl a mean baton.


  • Licensed Marriage and Family Therapist (NV)
  • AAMFT Approved Supervisor
  • PREPARE/ENRICH Certified Counselor
  • Trauma-Sensitive Yoga
  • Reiki Master

Mentoring Topics

Publishing strategies (build a publishing pipeline), research presentation coach