Kathleen Ingram, Ph.D., in front of greenery

Kathleen Ingram, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Chair, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies

(804) 827-1307

Younger House, 919 W. Franklin St., Room 202

Counseling Psychology




  • PhD: The Ohio State University, 1995

Research Interests

Dr. Kathleen Ingram's research focuses on how our connections with others influence our health and well-being. Ingram is particularly interested in how social support and unsupportive responses from other people affect adjustment among individuals faced with chronic illness. Much of Ingram's current work examines how supportive and unsupportive social interactions are associated with distress, subjective well-being, health-related quality of life, and posttraumatic personal growth among individuals recently diagnosed with cancer. In addition, Ingram has started to pursue their interest in studying the health-promoting effects of humans' interactions with companion animals.

Dr. Ingram will not be accepting a new graduate student for next year (Fall 2023).

Select Publications

  • Coleman, J. A., Green, B., Garthe, R. C., Worthington. E. L., Jr., Barker, S. B. & Ingram, K. M. (2016). The Coleman Dog Attitude Scale (C-DAS): Development, refinement, validation, and reliability. Applied Animal Behaviour Science, 176, 77-86.
  • Pottie, C. G., Cohen, J., & Ingram, K. M. (2009). Parenting a child with autism: Contextual factors associated with enhanced daily parental mood. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 34, 419-429.
  • Grange, C., Matsuyama, R. K., Ingram, K. M., (2008). Identifying supportive and unsupportive responses of others: Perspectives of African American and Caucasian cancer patients. Journal of Psychosocial Oncology, 81-99.
  • Mindes, E. J., Ingram, K. M., Kliewer, W., & James, C. A. (2003). Longitudinal analyses of the relation between unsupportive social interactions, coping, threat appraisals, and psychological adjustment among women with fertility problems. Social Science & Medicine, 56, 2165-2180.
  • Ingram, K. M., Betz, N. E., Mindes, E. J., Schmitt, M. M., & Smith, N. G. (2001). Unsupportive responses from others concerning a stressful life event: Development of the Unsupportive Social Interactions Inventory. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 20, 173-207.


  • Applications of Statistics, undergraduate level
  • Contemporary Developments in Counseling Psychology, graduate level
  • Practicum in Clinical/Counseling Supervision, graduate level
  • Psychology of Women, undergraduate level