Associate Professor (tenured)
Chair, Department of Gender, Sexuality and Women’s Studies
Licensed Clinical Psychologist, Virginia
PhD (1995), The Ohio State University
My research focuses on how our connections with others influence our health and well-being I am particularly interested in how social support and unsupportive responses from other people affect adjustment among individuals faced with chronic illness. Much of my 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, I have started to pursue my interest in studying the health-promoting effects of humans' interactions with companion animals.
I will not be accepting a new graduate student for next year (Fall 2022).
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.
People Living with Cancer and Their Companion Dogs: Understanding the Human-Animal Bond and its Association with Well-Being. (2012). Principal Investigator. Virginia Commonwealth University, Center for Human-Animal Interaction. $3,110.