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Kristin Mickelson

Biography: 

Kristin D. Mickelson received her doctorate in social psychology from Carnegie Mellon University in 1995 and completed her postdoctoral training at the Institute for Social Research, University of Michigan and the Department of Health Care Policy, Harvard School of Medicine. Prior to joining Arizona State University in 2014, she was an assistant and associate professor in the Departments of Psychology and Sociology at Kent State University. Currently, Mickelson is serving as the director of the master's of psychology program.

Professor Mickelson's research is interdisciplinary, with special emphases on social and health psychology. She utlilizes both sociological and psychological literature to inform her research questions. Mickelson's scholarly work examines the role of stressors and psychosocial factors on relationship functioning and health. She has investigated how various dimensions of stressors affect social support processes, as well as the role of contextual factors such as socioeconomic status on the stress-social support-health relationship. Specifically, she is interested in the social distribution of social support processes and whether these can help to explain the differential vulnerability to life events. Her current research is focused on two areas: 1) gender differences in the risk and protective factors for postpartum distress in couples making the transition to parenthood and 2) race/ethnic differences in low birthweight and the role of discrimination and resilience.

Mickelson's research has been widely cited and she has published in a variety of journals, including the Journal of Marriage and Family, Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Sex Roles, Social Science and Medicine, and Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Her areas of teaching specialization include social psychology, interpersonal relationships, psychology of gender, social inequalities, multivariate statistics and supervision of undergraduate research experiences.

Education: 
  • Ph.D. Social Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University 1995
  • M. S. Social Psychology, Carnegie Mellon University 1993
  •  M. A. Social Sciences, University of Chicago 1990
  •  B. A. Psychology, Wheaton College 1989
Research Interests: 

Dr. Mickelson's research revolves around a core theme of social relationships in a social context - specifically, understanding how stress impacts social relationships and health. She is interested in how these processes are altered by various social contexts, such as socioeconomic status and gender. Her research over the years has covered topics including perceived stigma, discrimination, gender attitudes and social support. Her current research is focused on 1) psychosocial models of SES disparities in low birth weight and headaches and 2) understanding the transition to parenthood for fathers and mothers. To address these questions, she utilizes field research and secondary data.

For more information about Dr. Mickelson's research lab go to https://sites.google.com/view/social-relationships-health-la

 

Publications: 
  • Gordon, A.E., & Mickelson, K.D. (2018). Couple-level predictors of perceived fairness during pregnancy in first-time parents. Journal of Family Issues, 39, 55-77.
  • Mickelson, K.D., & Biehle, S.N. (2017). Gender and the transition to parenthood: Introduction to the special issue. Sex Roles, 76, 271-275.
  • Mickelson, K.D., Biehle, S., Chong, A., & Gordon, A.E. (2017).  Perceived stigma of postpartum depression in first-time parents: A dual-pathway model.  Sex Roles, 76, 306-318.
  • Chong, A., Biehle, S.N., Kooiman, L.Y., & Mickelson, K.D.  (2016). Postnatal depression: The role of breastfeeding efficacy, breastfeeding duration, and family-work conflict.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 40, 518-531.
  • Chong, A., & Mickelson, K.D. (2016).  Perceived fairness and relationship satisfaction during the transition to parenthood: The mediating role of spousal support.  Journal of Family Issues, 37, 3-28.
  • Mickelson, K.D., & Hazlett, E. (2014).  “Why me?”: Low-income women’s poverty attributions, depression, and social class perceptions. Sex Roles, 71, 319-332.
  • Don, B. P., Chong, A. K., Biehle, S. N., Gordon, A. & Mickelson, K. D. (2014). Anxiety across the transition to parenthood: Change trajectories among low-risk parents. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 27, 633-649.
  • Don, B.P., & Mickelson, K.D. (2014). Relationship satisfaction across the transition to parenthood: Most parents demonstrate little change. Journal of Marriage and Family, 76, 677-692.
  • Don, B.P., Mickelson, K.D., & Barbee, A.P. (2013). Indirect support seeking and perceptions of spousal support: A reciprocal relationship?   Personal Relationships, 20, 655-668.
  • Don, B.P., Biehle, S.N., & Mickelson, K.D. (2013). Feeling like part of a team: Perceived parenting agreement among first-time parents.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 1121-1137.
  • Mickelson, K. D., Chong, A., & Don, B.P.  (2013).  To thine own self be true: Impact of gender role and attitude mismatch on new mothers’ mental health.  In J. Marich (Ed.), Psychology of Women: Diverse Perspectives from the Modern World (pp. 1-15).  Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.
  • Gaines, S. O., Williams, S. L., & Mickelson, K. D. (2013).  Communication within Culturally Diverse Families.  In A. Vangelisti (Ed.), Handbook of Family Communication (2nd edition, pp. 205-221).  New York: Taylor & Francis/Routledge.
  • Don, B.P., & Mickelson, K.D. (2012). Paternal postpartum depression: The role of maternal postpartum depression, spousal support and relationship satisfaction. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1, 323-334.
  • Biehle, S.N. & Mickelson, K.D. (2012). Provision and receipt of emotional spousal support: The impact of visibility on well-being.  Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 1, 244-251.
  • Mickelson, K.D., & Joseph, J.A. (2012).  Postpartum body satisfaction and intimacy in first-time parents. Sex Roles, 67, 300-310.
  • Biehle, S. N., & Mickelson, K. D. (2012). First-time parents’ expectations about the division of childcare and play. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 36-45.
Spring 2021
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 515Quantitative Analysis I
PSY 553General Psychology Capstone
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2020
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 515Quantitative Analysis I
PSY 553General Psychology Capstone
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
Spring 2019
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 553General Psychology Capstone
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Summer 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
SOC 400Perspectives on Aging
PSY 447Psychology of Aging
PSY 590Reading and Conference
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 598Special Topics
Spring 2018
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 550Advanced Social Psychology
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 595Continuing Registration
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 492Honors Directed Study
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 593Applied Project
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Spring 2017
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 385Psychology of Gender
PSY 394Special Topics
PSY 580Practicum
PSY 592Research
PSY 599Thesis
Fall 2016
Course NumberCourse Title
PSY 399Supervised Research
PSY 493Honors Thesis
PSY 499Individualized Instruction
PSY 592Research
PSY 598Special Topics
PSY 599Thesis
Presentations: 
  • Kristin D. Mickelson. Does Support Source Matter for Poor Women's Health?: An Examination of Support Substitution Theory. Psi Beta Induction Ceremony (Nov 2014).
  • Kooiman, L.Y., Chong-Kiskowski, A., Biehle, S.N., & Mickelson, K.D. Investigating breastfeeding expectations and efficacy in first-time mothers. Midwestern Psychological Association Conference (May 2014).
  • Schumacher, C., Biehle, S.N., Don, B.P., & Mickelson, K.D. Argument topics and frequency in first-time mothers and fathers. Midwestern Psychological Association Conference (May 2014).
  • Mickelson, K.D., & Hazlett, E. "Why me": Low-income women’s poverty attributions, depression, and social class perceptions. 15th Annual Society for Personality and Social Psychology Conference (Feb 2014).
  • Chong, A. & Mickelson, K.D. The Moderating Role of Distance in the Link between Social Support and Mental Health in the Transition to Parenthood. 6th International Association for Relationship Research Conference (Jul 2012).
  • Don, B. & Mickelson, K.D. Relationship Satisfaction Across the Transition to Parenthood: Do All New Parents Experience Declines?. 6th International Association for Relationship Research Conference (Jul 2012).
  • Rife, S. & Mickelson, K.D. Stress and Support Seeking in a Sample of Low-Income Women. 6th International Association for Relationship Research Conference (Jul 2012).
  • Rife, S. & Mickelson, K.D., Kosinski, M., & Stillwell, D. Facebook Networks and Local Population Parameters. 6th International Association for Relationship Research Conference (Jul 2012).
Editorships: 

Guest Editor:

Sex Roles, Special Issue: "Gender and the Transition to Parenthood" (2017, Volume 76, Issue 5-6)

Editorial Board Member:

Sex Roles, 2016-present

Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2011 – 2014

 

Service: 
  • Journal of Family Psychology, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • School of Social and Behavioral Sciences Awards Committee, Chair (2014 - Present)
  • Population Research and Policy Review, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Social Problems, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • European Journal of Social Psychology, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2014 - Present)
  • Worth Publishers, Textbook Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Oxford Press, Textbook reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Health Psychology, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Routledge Publishers, Textbook Reviewer (2013 - Present)
  • Basic and Applied Social Psychology, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Family Issues, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Preventive Medicine, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Social Forces, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Health and Social Behavior, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • American Journal of Community Psychology, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Journal of Clinical and Consulting Psychology, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Sage Publications, Book Proposal Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Sex Roles, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • Behavioral Medicine, Ad Hoc Reviewer (2012 - Present)
  • National Science Centre of Poland, Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, Editorial Board Member (2011 - 2014)
  • National Science Centre of Poland, Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer (2014 - 2014)
  • International Association for Relationship Research, Future Conferences Committee Member (2009 - 2013)
  • National Science Foundation, Ad Hoc Grant Reviewer (2011 - 2011)