Gina M. Brelsford, Ph.D.

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Professor of Psychology, School of Behavioral Sciences and Education
Professor-in-Charge, Master of Arts in Applied Clinical Psychology
Assistant Director of Honors Program
Office Phone
Office Location
Olmsted Building, W311
W311 OLMSTED BLDG
PENN STATE HBG
MIDDLETOWN, PA 17057
Biography

Dr. Brelsford is a 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.

 

 

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

Publications

Brelsford, G. M., Underwood, L., & Wright, B. R. E. (in press). Love in the midst of stressors: The role of daily spiritual experiences. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion.

Winkeljohn Black, S., Brelsford, G. M., Worthington, E., Garthe, R. C., Davis, D. E., Hook, J. N., Van Tongeren, D. R., & Griffin, B., J. (2019). How do humility prototypes affect the association between perceptions of spouse’s humility and depressive symptoms and couple conflict? The Journal of Positive Psychology. Online first publication.

Berivan Ozmen, C., Brelsford, G. M., & Danieu, C. (2018). Political affiliation, spirituality, and religiosity: Links to emerging adults’ life satisfaction and optimism. Journal of Religion and Health, 57(2), 622-635.

Tudder, A., Buettner, K., & Brelsford, G. M. (2017). Spiritual well-being and gratitude: The role of positive affect and affect intensity. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 36(2), 121-130.

Brelsford, G. M., Ramirez, J. E., Veneman, K., & Doheny, K. K. (2016). Sacred spaces: Religious and secular coping and family relationships in the neonatal intensive care unit. Advances in Neonatal Care, 16(4), 315-322.

Brelsford, G. M., & Doheny, K. K. (2016). Religious and spiritual journeys: Brief reflections from mothers and fathers in a Neonatal Intensive Care Unit (NICU). Pastoral Psychology, 65(1), 79-87.

Brelsford, G. M., & Righi, S. (2015). Grateful and sanctified: Exploring the parent-child context. Journal of Family Issues, 36(12), 1575-1594.

Brelsford, G. M., Mondell, L. A., Raldiris, T., & Ramirez, J. (2015). Stress and negative religious coping in a community sample. Journal of Psychology and Christianity, 34(2), 141-154.

Luquis, R., R., Brelsford, G. M., & Perez, M. A. (2015). Exploring Latino college students’ sexual behaviors in relation to their sexual attitudes, religiousness, and spirituality. Journal of Religion and Health, 54(4), 1345-1357.

Brelsford, G. M., Fulmer, M., Harrison, M., & Xu, X. (2014). Religious coping and gratitude in emerging adulthood. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 25, 32-52.

Brelsford, G. M. (2013). Sanctification and spiritual disclosure in parent-child relationships: Implications for family relationship quality. Journal of Family Psychology, 27(4), 639-649.

Brelsford, G. M., & Ciarrocchi, J. W. (2013). Spiritual disclosure and ego-resiliency: Validating spiritual competencies. Counseling & Values, 58(2), 130-141.

Friedberg, R., & Brelsford, G. M. (2013). Training methods and processes in cognitive behavioral therapy: Tradition and invention. Journal of Cognitive Psychotherapy, 27(1), 19-29.

Luquis, R. R., Brelsford, G. M., & Rojas-Guyler, L. (2012). Religiosity, spirituality, sexual attitudes, and sexual behaviors among college students. Journal of Religion and Health, 51, 601-614.

Brelsford, G. M. (2011). Theistic mediation and triangulation in father-child relationships. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 2, 285-297.

Brelsford, G. M., & Friedberg, R. D. (2011). Religious and spiritual issues: Family therapy approaches with military families coping with deployment. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy. 41, 255-262.

Brelsford, G. M., Luquis, R., & Murray-Swank, N. A. (2011). College students’ permissive sexual attitudes: Links to religiousness and spirituality. International Journal for the Psychology of Religion, 21, 127-136.

Friedberg, R. D., & Brelsford, G. M. (2011). Using cognitive behavioral interventions to help children cope with parental military deployments. Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy, 41, 229-236.

Friedberg, R. D., & Brelsford, G. M. (2011). Core principles in cognitive therapy with youth. Child and Adolescent Psychiatric Clinics of North America, 20, 369-378.

Brelsford, G. M. (2010). Interpersonal spirituality between college students and fathers. Research in the Social Scientific Study of Religion, 21, 27-48.

Brelsford, G. M., & Mahoney, A. (2009). Relying on God to resolve conflict: Theistic mediation and triangulation in relationships between college students and mothers. Journal of Psychology & Christianity, 28, 291-301.

Brelsford, G. M., Marinelli, S., Ciarrocchi, J. W., & Dy-Liacco, G. S. (2009). Generativity and spiritual disclosure in close relationships. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 1, 150-161.

Ciarrocchi, J. W., & Brelsford, G. M. (2009). Spirituality, religion, and substance coping as regulators of emotions and meaning making: Different effects on pain and joy. Journal of Addictions and Offender Counseling, 30, 24-36.

Brelsford, G. M., & Mahoney, A. (2008). Spiritual disclosure between older adolescents and their mothers. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 62-70.

Education

Bowling Green State University, Ph.D. Clinical Psychology

Bowling Green State University, M.A. Clinical Psychology

Penn State University, B.A. Psychology

Course Schedule
PSYCH 212
PSYCH 243
PSYCH 410
PSYC 500
PSYC 540
PSYC 595B
PSYC 518