Jonathan Kimmes, PhD
Available by appointment
Dr. Jonathan Kimmes is an assistant professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Doctoral Program in the Department of Family and Child Sciences. He is also a licensed marriage and family therapist, and he earned his Ph.D. from Kansas State University in Family Studies and Human Services with a specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy.
Dr. Kimmes’ program of research involves investigating the link between mindfulness and adult attachment in terms of the way in which they alter perceptions in couple and family relationships. He is especially interested in attributions in relationships, a specific kind of perception in which one attempts to deduce the causes and intentions behind the other’s behavior. In exploring the connections among attachment, mindfulness, and attributions, he aims to contribute to the development, application, and evaluation of mindfulness-based interventions that are integrated into a family systems framework.
Dr. Kimmes’ other research interests include empathy, forgiveness, and closeness in couple and family relationships. In 2014, he was awarded a grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration and the AAMFT Minority Fellowship Program for an investigation titled Mindfulness and the Process of Forgiveness in Adult Children of Alcoholics. Dr. Kimmes enjoys collaborating with researchers from different disciplines and engaging undergraduate- and graduate-level students in academic research.