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Faculty Name

Megan Oka, PhD

Assistant Professor


  FLC 207

  By Appointment Only


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.

USU Course Teachings

  • FCHD 6900 Play in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • FCHD 6390 Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • Addictions and Violence in Family Therapy
  • FCHD 6325 Diversity in Family Therapy
  • FCHD 4400 Research Practicum in FCHD—Coding Lab
  • FCHD 3210 Families and Diversity
  • FCHD 2660 Parenting
  • USU 1010 Connections

Brigham Young University Course Teachings

  • MFT 695R Play in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • SFL 395R Special Topics in Family Life—Family Violence
  • SFL 460 Advanced Theories of Family Process
  • MFT 655R Practicum in Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MFT 650 Theoretical Foundations of Marriage and Family Therapy
  • MFT 595R Special Topics in Marriage and Family Therapy—Family Violence

Texas Tech University Course Teachings

  • CFAS 2300 Community, Family, and Addiction Services—Communication, Civility and Ethics