Gina M. Brelsford, Ph.D.

Associate Professor of Psychology, Behavioral Sciences and Education
Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology
Interim Program Coordinator, Master of Arts in Applied Psychological Research
Interim Program Coordinator, Integrated B.S/M.A. Degree in Applied Psychological Research
Applied Clinical Psychology Graduate Faculty
Applied Psychological Research Graduate Faculty
Office Phone: +1 717 948 6759
Office Location: Olmsted Building, W311
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Dr. Brelsford is an Associate Professor of Psychology at Penn State Harrisburg and is a licensed clinical psychologist with a specialization in working with children and families. She has an active research agenda related to the psychology of religion and spirituality in interpersonal relationships, particularly within the family and most recently in the Neonatal Intensive Care Unit. She also had funded research projects aimed at understanding how secular and religious coping relates to interpersonal and intrapersonal functioning in community and clinical settings. Further, her research is also focused on positive psychology concepts, such as gratitude, satisfaction in life and meaning making, which blends with her work related to cognitive-behavioral therapy in children and adolescents. As an educator and mentor she has taught graduate students in the Applied Clinical Psychology and Applied Psychological Research master’s programs at Penn State Harrisburg where she has provided instruction in Ethics, Group Counseling, and Lifespan Development. She has also supervised Master’s students’ applied clinical experiences during their internships. In addition to maintaining clinical expertise as a licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Brelsford has served as chair of over 25 Master’s theses and numerous undergraduate honors scholars’ theses at Penn State Harrisburg. She also teaches in the undergraduate psychology program at Penn State Harrisburg and has worked with a large number of undergraduate students on focused research experiences required for the culmination of their undergraduate degrees.


Research Interests
Psychology of Religion and Spirituality in Families, Couples, and for Individuals (Interpersonal Spirituality and Intrapersonal Spirituality)
Parent-Child Relationships and Relationship Quality
Cognitive Behavioral Therapy with Children and Adolescents
Positive Psychology (Well-being, Meaning, Resiliency) and Intrapersonal Outcomes