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  • September 22, 2014 KAREN JEAN PRAGER Interdisciplinary Studies and Behavioral and Brain Sciences Gender Studies and Psychological Sciences


    Educational History PH.D. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 1977 Counseling Psychology (A.P.A. approved)

    INTERNSHIP THE OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY 1976-1977 Counseling and Consultation Services (A.P.A. approved; Full-Time)

    M.A. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 1975 Educational Psychology Specializations in Counseling Psychology and Program Evaluation

    INTERNSHIP THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 1974-1975 Measurement and Evaluation Center

    B.A. THE UNIVERSITY OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN 1973 Plan II (Liberal Arts Honors Program) Magna Cum Laude

    Dean’s List Special Honors in Psychology.

    Employment History – Principle Positions Professor 1996-Present

    School of Interdisciplinary Studies School of Behavioral and Brain Science The University of Texas at Dallas

    Program Head 2001-Present Program in Gender Studies School of Interdisciplinary Studies The University of Texas at Dallas

  • Clinical Professor 1996-Present Department of Psychiatry

    Program in Clinical Psychology The University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center

    Assistant/Associate Professor and Special Counselor 1981-1996 School of General Studies The University of Texas at Dallas

    Visiting Assistant Professor and Special Counselor 1979-1981 School of General Studies The University of Texas at Dallas

    Senior Clinician and Coordinator of Internship Program 1978-1979

    Department of Training, St. Clare's Hospital Community Mental Health Center, Denville, New Jersey

    Counselor 1977-1978 Counseling Center

    Community College of Philadelphia Licensed Psychologist 1980-Present Part-time Private Practice Board Certified in Couple and Family Psychology 2001 American Board of Professional Psychology

    Employment History – Concurrent Visiting and Temporary Positions Adjunct Instructor Counseling Psychology Program, Lesley College 1986-1989 Cambridge, MA Rutgers: The State University of New Jersey at Camden 1977 Camden, NJ

    Psychotherapist, "Alternative 2" Partial Hospitalization 1977-1978 Program, Thomas Jefferson Medical College Community Mental Health Center, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

    Professional recognitions and honors (study, teaching, research, service):

    Inducted into University of Texas at Austin Chapter, May, 1973 Phi Beta Kappa

  • Competitive Tuition Scholarship, U.T. Austin 1975; 1976 Inducted into Pi Lambda Theta, U.T. Austin 1976 Inducted into Phi Kappa Phi, U.T. Austin May, 1976 Awarded Diplomat Status by the Board 2001 Association for Couple And Family Psychology Distinguished Teacher in Diversity and April 15, 2011

    Multicultural Education Award UT-Dallas Office of Diversity and Community Engagement

    Inducted as Charter Member, Phi Kappa Phi April 19, 2011 U.T. Dallas Inducted as Fellow 2013 American Board of Professional Psychology

    Professional Memberships American Psychological Association 1976-Present

    Division of Family Psychology Division of the Psychology of Women

    Licensed Psychologist in the State of Texas (#2-2153) 1980-Present

    Texas Psychological Association 1980-Present Dallas Psychological Association 1980-1999

    1996-1997 Chair, Gender Issues Committee

    Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy 1988-Present Couples Research and Treatment Special Interest Group International Association for Relationship Research 1989-Present Member, Board of Directors 2002-2008 The American Board of Couple and Family Psychology

    Member of the Board of Directors 2013-2014 Academy of Couple and Family Psychology

  • Achievements in Original Investigation and Research Authored Books 1. Prager, K. J. (1995). The Psychology of Intimacy. New York: Guilford. Second

    printing, 1997. 2. Prager, K.J. (2013). The Dilemmas of Intimacy: Conceptualization, Assessment,

    and Treatment. New York: Routledge.

    Articles in peer-reviewed journals

    1. Prager, K. and Freeman, A. (1979). Self-esteem, academic competence, educational aspirations and curriculum choice of urban community college students, Journal of College Student Personnel, 20, (5), 392-397.

    2. Prager, K. (1982). Identity development and self-esteem in young women.

    Journal of Genetic Psychology, 141, 177-182. 3. Prager, K. (1983). Educational aspirations and self-esteem in returning and

    traditional community college students. Journal of College Student Personnel, 24, 2, 144-147.

    4. Prager, K. (1983). Intimacy development in young adults: A multidimensional

    view. Psychological Reports, 52, 751-756. 5. Prager, K. (1983). Identity status, sex-role orientation, and self-esteem in late

    adolescent females. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 143, 159-167. 6. Prager, K. J. & Bailey, J. M. (1985). Androgyny, ego development and

    psychosocial crisis resolution. Sex Roles, 13, 525-536. 7. Prager, K. J. (1986). Identity development, age, and college experience in

    women. Journal of Genetic Psychology, 147, (1), 31-36. 8. Prager, K. J. (1986). Intimacy status: Its relationship to locus of control, self-

    disclosure and anxiety. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 12, 91-109. 9. Prager, K. J. (1989). Intimacy status and couple communication. Journal of

    Social and Personal Relationships, 6, 435-449. 10. Prager, K. J., Fuller, D. O., & Gonzalez, A. S. (1989). The function of self-

    disclosure in social interaction. Journal of Social Behavior and Personality, 4, 563-580.

    11. Prager, K. J. (1991). Intimacy status and couple conflict resolution. Journal of

    Social and Personal Relationships, 8, 505-526. 12. Basco, M. A., Prager, K. J., Pita, J. M., Tamir, L. M., & Stephens, J. J. (1992).

    Depression and marital discord. Journal of Family Psychology, 6, 184-194.

  • 13. Prager, K.J. & Buhrmester, D. (1998). Intimacy and need fulfillment in couple

    relationships. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 15, 435-469. 14. Lippert, T. & Prager, K.J. (2001). Daily experiences of intimacy: A study of

    couples. Personal Relationships, 8, 283-298. Book chapters

    1. Buhrmester, D. & Prager, K.J. (1995). Patterns and functions of disclosure during

    adolescence. In Rotenberg, K.J. (Ed.). Disclosure Processes in Childhood and Adolescence. New York: Cambridge.

    2. Prager, K.J. (1995) Intimacy. In D. Levinson (Ed.) The Encyclopedia of Marriage

    and the Family (pp. 402-407). New York: MacMillan. 3. Prager, K.J. (1999). The intimacy dilemma: A guide for couples therapists. In J.

    Carlson & L. Sperry, (Eds.), The Intimate Couple. (pp. 109-157). New York: Brunner/Mazel.

    4. Prager, K.J. (1999). The multi-layered context of intimacy. In J. Carlson & L.

    Sperry, (Eds.), The Intimate Couple. (pp. 7-32). New York: Brunner/Mazel. 5. Prager, K.J. (2000). Intimacy in Personal Relationships. In S. Hendrick and C.

    Hendrick (Eds.), Close Relationships (pp. 229-244). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 6. Prager, K. J. (2001) Nonverbal Behavior in Intimate Interactions. In L. K.

    Guerrero, J. A. DeVito, and M.L. Hecht (Eds.). The Nonverbal Communication Reader: Classic and Contemporary Readings (Second Edition). Long Grove, Ill: Waveland Press.

    7. Prager, K.J. (2002). Intimacy. In Encyclopedia of Marriage and the Family.

    New York: MacMillon. 8. Prager, K.J. & Roberts, L.J. (2004). Deep intimate connection: Self and intimacy

    in couple relationships. In. Mashek, D. & Aron, A. (Eds)., The Handbook of Closeness and Intimacy, pp. 43-60. Mahwah, NJ: Ehrlbaum.

    9. Prager, K.J. (2009). Intimacy. In Reis, H. & Sprecher, S. (Eds.) Encyclopedia of

    Human Relationships. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. 10. Prager, K.J., Shirvani, F.K, Garcia, J.J., & Coles M. (2013). Intimacy and positive

    psychology. In Mahzad Hojjat and Duncan Cramer (Eds.), The Positive Psychology of Love (pp. 16-29). Oxford, England: Oxford University Press.

  • Articles accepted for publication

    1. Prager, K.J., Shirvani, F.K., Poucher, J., Cavallin, G., Truong, M., & Garcia, J.J. (in press). Recovery from conflict and revival of intimacy in cohabiting couples. Personal Relationships (accepted in May, 2014).

    Works in progress

    1. Prager, K.J., Poucher, J., Shirvani, F.K., Pullam, M., & Allam, Z. (in preparation). Withdrawal, attachment, and recovery from conflict in couple relationships.

    2. Prager, K.J., Poucher, J., Pullam, M., Allam, Z., & Truong, M. (in preparation). Self and other in intimate relationships: A relational measure of differentiation of self.

    3. Poucher, J. & Prager, K.J. (in preparation). Day to day experiences of intimacy and well-being.

    4. Prager, K.J., Poucher, J., Pullum, M., & Shirvani, F. (in preparation). Couples’ strategies for repair and return to intimate relating following conflict.

    Other writings

    1. Bryan, W.A. and Prager, K.J.