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Kristen Puckett

KP Puckett, Ph.D. Student in Marriage and Family Therapy

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KP Puckett, Ph.D. Student in Marriage and Family Therapy

Department of Human Development and Family Science

KP is a doctoral student in the MFT program area of Human Development at Virginia Tech. KP’s research focuses on the social construction of ‘family’ and other significant relationships for those belonging to LGBTQIA+ communities. In particular, KP intends to continue exploring, through mixed methods, how gender nonbinary people define ‘family’ and how significant relationships influence their resiliency and sense of psychological well being. KP received their B.S. in Psychology from Ohio Wesleyan University and M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy. Through their master’s thesis, KP explored stress and resilience factors related to gender identity, mental health resources, and social support for gender nonbinary individuals. KP is a professional member of the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT) and a student member of the National Council on Family Relations (NCFR).

  • Psychosocial Wellbeing of LGBT Adults
  • Minority Stress and Resilience
  • Gender and Sexuality Education
  • Kinship Networks for LGBT Adults
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, East Carolina University, 2019
  • B.S. in Psychology, Ohio Wesleyan University, 2015
  • 2020 Master’s Thesis Award, AAMFT Research and Education Foundation
  • 2019 Samantha Hamilton Award for LGBTQA Leadership Excellence, Sponsored by the LGBT Resource Center at East Carolina University

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