Social & Education Policy

Kayla Reed Fitzke

  • Research Fellow, Social and Education Policy Research Program
  • Assistant Professor, College of Education


Kayla Reed Fitzke is an assistant professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations at the University of Iowa College of Education. She is also a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Iowa. Dr. Fitzke received her M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy at the University of Kentucky. She received her Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy at the Florida State University, during which she was awarded the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's (AAMFT) Graduate Student Research Award. She will be collaborating with Dr. Mikucki-Enyart and the Public Policy Center to leverage communication and couple therapy to reduce collegiate emerging adults' intimate partner violence following partner infidelity. Dr. Fitzke's other ongoing research projects include examining developmentally-appropriate measures of resilience for collegiate emerging adults and identifying at-risk Army soldiers.

Research Interests

  • Well-being during emerging childhood
  • Intersection of risk and resilience factors
  • At-risk college students
  • Military service members

Educational Background

  • PhD, Florida State University, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2017
  • Certificate, Florida State University, Measurement and Statistics, 2016
  • MS, University of Kentucky, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2013
  • BS, Virginia Tech, Human Development, 2011