Santa Clara University

Psychology department

Kieran Sullivan


Kieran Sullivan, Ph.D.
Santa Clara University
Department of Psychology
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA  95053-0333
Phone: 408-554-4480

Educational Background

Ph.D., University of California, Los Angeles
Clinical Psychology


PSYC 2: General Psychology II
PSYC 115: Abnormal Psychology

PSYC 118: Advanced Topics in Clinical/Abnormal

PSYC 153: Psychology Psychology of Close Relationships


  • Support Processes in Intimate Relationships
  • Marriage Education
  • Couples therapy
  • Religiosity and marriage
  • Relationships and Health

Representative Publications


Sullivan, K.T., & Davila, J. (2013). The problem with my partner: Treating couples when one partner wants the other to change. The Journal of Translational Research, 24, 1-12

Sullivan, K.T., Pasch, L.A., Johnson, M.J., & Bradbury, T.N. (2010). Social support, problem-solving, and the longitudinal course of newlywed marriage. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology.

Sullivan, K.T., & Davila, J. (Eds). (2010). Support Processes in Intimate Relationships. New York: Oxford Press.

Sullivan, K.T., & Karney, B.R. (2009). Incorporating Religious Practice in Marital Interventions: To Pray or Not to Pray? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

Cornelius, T.L., Sullivan, K.T., Resseguie, N., & Milliken, J. (2009). Participation in Prevention Programs for Dating Violence: Beliefs about Relationship Violence and Intention to Participate. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Sullivan, K.T., Ramos-Sanchez, L., & Etukudo, S.D. (2007). Predicting Problem Severity and Use of College Counseling Services for Asians, Latinos and Whites: Gender, Ethnicity, and Generational Status. Journal of College Counseling, 10, 103-116.

Johnson, M.J., Cohan, C.L., Davila, J., Lawrence, E., Rogge, D., Karney, B.R., Sullivan, K.T., & Bradbury, T.N. (2005). Dyadic behavioral antecedents of marital dysfunction: Examining the moderating influence of skills on expressions of affect. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 15 - 27.

Sullivan, K. T., Pasch, L. A., Cornelius, T., & Cirigliano, E. (June 2004). Predictors of Participation in Premarital Prevention Programs: The Health Belief Model and Social Norms. Family Process, 43, 175-194.

Sullivan, K. T., & Anderson, C. (2002). Recruitment of engaged couples for premarital counseling: An empirical examination of the importance of program characteristics and topics to potential participants. The Family Journal, 10, 388-397.

Sullivan, K. T. (2001). Understanding the relationship between religiosity and marriage: An investigation of the immediate and longitudinal effect of religiosity of newlywed couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 15, 610-626.

Sullivan, K. T., & Fitzgerald, P. J. (2001). Preparing for Marriage: What Pastoral Marital Counselors Should Know About Religious Belief, Psychological Health, and Marital Outcome. The International Academy for Marital Spirituality Review, 7, 68-77.

Sullivan, K. T., & Goldschmidt, D. (2000). Implementation of Empirically Validated Interventions in Managed Care Settings: The Premarital Relationship Enhancement Program (PREP). Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 31, 216-220.

Sullivan, K. T., & Bradbury, T. N. (1997). Are premarital prevention programs reaching couples at risk for marital dysfunction? Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 65, 24-30.

Sullivan, K. T., & Bradbury, T. N. (1995). Preventing marital dysfunction: The primacy of secondary strategies. The Behavior Therapist, 19, 33-35.