Kate Jansen, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Glendale, AZ

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Dr. Jansen received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Toledo and completed her Postdoctoral Fellowship in health psychology and primary care psychology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center, Department of Family Medicine. Prior to joining the Clinical Psychology program at Midwestern University she worked with the University of Iowa Family Medicine residency training program, where she specialized in providing behavioral health services within the primary care setting and residency education. 

She has published and presented research and scholarship on medical communication, human sexuality, and research ethics. Her research interests are in implementation of integrated healthcare services and meeting the healthcare needs of diverse sexual practices.

Dr. Jansen also serves as the behavioral health consultant for the MWU Graduate Medical Education department.

Associate Professor

Glendale, AZ

College of Health Sciences - AZ

Behavioral Sciences

Clinical Psychology

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University of Toledo | 2010 | Ph.D.
University of Toledo | 2007 | M.A.
Texas Christian University | 2004 | B.S.

Courses Taught

Research Methods

Integrated Health Care

Human Sexuality

Health Psychology 


Dr. Jansen's research interests center around health psychology, human sexuality, and integrated care.

Primary research interests include the evaluation of communication between medical patients and providers, as well as examining how we teach communication skills to medical students, as well as those in other healthcare related fields. We know that effective communication enhances both patient outcomes as well as patient satisfaction, however, the most effective methods to teach and build communication skills in healthcare training programs are not well studied or implemented.

Additional research interests address human sexuality. Specific projects include examining the relationships between individual’s sexual preferences and personality traits as well as individuals with diverse sexual preferences and orientation's experiences in the healthcare system.


Selected Publications

Jansen, K.L., Fried, A., Chamberlain, J. (2021) An Examination of Empathy and Interpersonal Dominance in BDSM Practitioners. The Journal of Sexual Medicine, S1743-6095(20)31132-2. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.jsxm.2020.12.012

Jansen, K.L. (2020) W.O.W. I Feel Better! Using wellness interventions to promote collaboration and presentation effectiveness. In R.L. Miller and A.M. Schwartz (Eds.) High Impact Teaching Practices.

Price, G. C., Jansen, K. L., & Weick, M. R. (2020). Let’s talk about sex: Ethical considerations in survey research with minority populations. Translational Issues in Psychological Science6(3), 214.

Krause, K. A., Smyth, C., & Jansen, K. L. (2020). Exploring the effects of violent video games on healthcare trainees. Simulation & Gaming51(5), 653-665.

Fried, A.L., Jansen, K.l. (2020). Ethical Considerations in Integrated Care Settings. The Clinical Psychologist.

Fried, A.L., Jansen, K.L. (2018) Ethical Considerations for new psychologists. The Clinical Psychologist, 71(3), 17-19

Jansen, K.L., Rosembaum, M. (2016). The State of Communication Education in Family Medicine Residencies. Family Medicine, 48(6), 445-51. Retrieved from: http://www.stfm.org

Clark, M.S., Jansen, K.L., Bresnahan, M.M. (2013). Relative impact of the various classes of anti-depressants on sexual function.  Journal of Family Practice; 62(11), 660-661. Retrieved from: http://www.jfponline.com

Clark, M. S., Jansen, K. L., Cloy, J.A. (2012). Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Depression. American Family Physician, 86(5), 442-448. Retrieved from: http://www.aafp.org


American Association for Sexuality Educators, Counselors, and Therapists

American Psychological Association

            Division 38, Health Psychology

            Division 2, Teaching Psychology

Arizona Psychological Association 

National Register of Health Service Providers in Psychology

Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality

More Information

Dr. Jansen supervises the Midwestern University Behavioral Health Consult Team at the Multispecialty clinic, a clinical practicum dedicated to providing integrated healthcare services to Family Medicine, Speech Language Pathology, and other specialties.