Kayla Reed-Fitzke

Title & Affiliation
Research Fellow Social and Education Policy Research Program
Assistant Professor College of Education


  • 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

Kayla Reed-Fitzke is an assistant professor in the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the Department of Psychological and Quantitative Foundations. She is a licensed marriage and family therapist in the state of Iowa. Her research is focused on promoting well-being during emerging adulthood by identifying points of intervention where resilience and risk factors intersect. Reed-Fitzke is particularly interested in the role supportive relationship have in promoting well-being. Her work primarily focuses on college students who are at-risk for adverse mental health and military service members. Reed-Fitzke's current research projects include the examination of the impact of adverse childhood experiences and resilience on military service members’ well-being, developing a means to evaluate ROTC students’ leadership capacity building, and identifying the basic and psychological needs of University of Iowa undergraduates.

Research Interests

  • At-risk college students
  • Developmentally appropriate parenting
  • Intersection of risk and resilience factors
  • Military service members
  • Supportive relationships
  • Well-being during emerging adulthood