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Kersti Spjut

Joint Appointment: CPSE, Assistant Clinical Professor, Licensed Psychologist
  • Academic Training
    • Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Brigham Young University, 2017
    • B.A. in Neuroscience from Dartmouth College, 2009
  • Internship
    • Counseling and Psychological Services, Brigham Young University, 2016-2017
  • Licensure/Certifications
    • Licensed Psychologist, State of Utah
  • Professional Affiliations
    • American Association of Sexuality Educations, Counselors, and Therapists
  • Areas of Clinical Specialty/Interest
    • Sexual health of women and gender/sexual minorities
    • Anxiety and perfectionism
    • Diabetic burnout and anxiety
  • Primary Theoretical Orientation
    • Acceptance and Commitment Therapy
    • Feminist Psychotherapy
  • Multicultural Interests
    • LGBTQ+ Identity
    • Intersectionality
    • Women’s Issues
    • Faith crises/transitions
  • Previous Clinical Work Settings
    • Assessment/testing (7-9 years)
    • Private Practice (7-9 years)
    • Forensic Testing and Treatment (4-6 years)
    • College Counseling Center (1-3 years)
    • Hospital Setting (1-3 years)
    • Community Mental Health (1-3 years)
    • Residential Treatment (1-3 years)
  • Languages Spoken
    • Mandarin Chinese and German (low to moderate proficiency)
  • Recent Scholarly Works
    • Spjut, K. A. (2018). Correlates of risky sexual behavior in the People’s Republic of China [ProQuest Information & Learning]. In Dissertation Abstracts International: Section B: The Sciences and Engineering (Vol. 79, Issue 3–B(E)).
    • Braithwaite, S. R., Aaron, S., Dowdle, K. K., Spjut, K., Fincham, F. D. (2015). Does pornography consumption increase participation in friends with benefits relationships? Sexuality & Culture, 19(3), 513-532. doi: 10.1007/s12119-015-9275-4
    • Braithwaite, S. R., Steele, E., Spjut, K., Dowdle, K., K., Harper, J. (2015). Parent-child connectedness mediates the association between marital conflict and children’s internalizing/externalizing outcomes. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 24(12), 3690-3699. doi: 10.1007/s10826-015-0177-8
    • Braithwaite, S. R., Coulson, G. L., Spjut, K., Dickerson, W., Beck, A. R., Dougal, K., Jones, D. (2015). The influence of religion on the partner selection strategies of emerging adults. Journal of Family Issues, 36(2), 212-231. doi:10.1177/0192513X13491748