Kate L. Jansen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Midwestern University
College of Health Sciences
Clinical Psychology
Ocotillo Hall 209-10
19555 N. 59th Avenue
Glendale, AZ 85308

Office: (623) 572-3712
e-mail: kjanse@midwestern.edu  





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


Health Psychology and Integrated Healthcare

My research interests broadly center around health psychology. One area of interest is in examining communication between medical patients and providers and evaluating how we teach communication skills to medical students, as well as those in other healthcare related fields. Additionally, my research interests address human sexuality. Specifically, I am examining the relationships between individual's sexual preferences and personality traits.

Research projects

Project I:

Personality Factors Associated with Sexual Preference

Historically, psychoanalytic writers have theorized that individuals engage in varying sexual practices because of some underlying pathology. More recently, a renewed effort has been made to examine individuals who engage in differing sexual practices. My research examines if individuals who engage in different sexual practices have distinct personality profiles. My current study looks at the relationship between individual's sexual practices and personality traits, specifically scores on the Dominance and Warmth scales, levels of empathy, and participation in the various sexual communities.  

Project II:

Communication Education in Family Medicine Residency Programs

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. My research measures standard communication education practices in residency programs nationwide. Data synthesized into most common practices and benchmarks for future curriculum development.   

Selected Publications

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  

Fortenberry, K. T., Jansen, K. L., & Clark, M. S. (2013). Positive affectivity. In Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. (1st ed., pp. 1509-1511). New York, NY: Springer.  

Jansen, K. L., Fortenberry, K. T., & Clark, M. S. (2013) Anxiety and its measurement. In Encyclopedia of Behavioral Medicine. (1st ed., pp. 111-117). New York, NY: Springer.  

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  
Jansen, K.L., Motley, R.L., & Hovey, J.D. (2009).  Anxiety, Depression, and Students' Religiosity.  Mental Health, Religion, and Culture 13(3), 267-271. doi: 10.1080/13674670903352837