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Megan Oka

Megan Oka, PhD

Assistant Professor

Curriculum Vitae


Megan Oka is an assistant professor in the Marriage and Family Therapy Program. She began teaching at Utah State in 2013, and her teaching and research topics include addiction, intimate partner violence, therapy processes, diversity in family therapy, and play therapy.


  • PhD in Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University, 2010
  • MS in Marriage and Family Therapy, Brigham Young University, 2007
  • BS in Marriage, Family, and Human Development, Brigham Young University, 2004

Research Interests

My research interests are in factors related to intimate partner violence, such as safety, attachment, power, and distortion. Additionally, I am also interested in factors related to clinical success in couple and family therapy.

Research Activities

MFT COR Project: This a multi-site project collecting self-report, observational, and physiological data of couple and family therapy clients at four university clinics (Utah State, the University of Connecticut, Auburn University, Brigham Young University) and one community clinic. Self-report measures include variables such as family functioning, attachment, partner violence, parenting, child outcomes, anxiety, depression, and many others.

Daily Diary Study: This was a multi-site data collection project where clients in couple therapy received a survey every day for the first 28 days of their time in couple therapy. Clients were asked to report on things they tried from therapy, conflict, sleep, exercise, and several other outcomes to examine how being in therapy impacts these outcomes at the beginning of treatment.

Behavioral Coding Lab: We will be starting up a behavioral coding lab this fall. The first project will examine factors related to client dropout in couple and family therapy. These factors will include therapist/client gender, therapist interruptions of clients, and therapist talk time. Taped therapy sessions will be coded using observational software to facilitate data analysis.

Sibling Groups: This is a therapy group we run once a week for children who have siblings with special needs. We are collecting data on how these groups influence the children involved, as well as their families. We are looking particularly at sibling dynamics, parent-child dynamics, couple dynamics, and overall satisfaction with therapy and the program. We have graduate and undergraduate students working together to facilitate these groups.