Texas Tech University

Jacki Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.

Associate Professor
Human Development and Family Studies

Email: Jacki.Fitzpatrick@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 742-3000

Office: HS 310

**Dr. Fitzpatrick is accepting graduate students for Fall 2021**

Jacki Fitzpatrick

Research Focus

Dr. Fitzpatrick has a Master's degree in marital/family therapy and Ph.D. in family studies.  She joined the Human Development & Family Studies Department at Texas Tech University in 1994.  In collaboration with colleagues, her research interests have included marital and romantic relationships.  This research has explored individual characteristics (such as beliefs or personality traits) and interpersonal characteristics (such as communications with partners) that can contribute to relationship quality (e.g., commitment, satisfaction).  Dr. Fitzpatrick has also explored undergraduates' social adjustment to college and andragogy (which reflects the value of teaching and learning processes for college students).

Dr. Fitzpatrick is aware that romantic relationships and college adjustment exist in the context of individuals' social networks (e.g., family, friends).  Although it might be common to expect that network members might or should be supportive of individuals' choices (such as romantic partners), this expectation is not always fulfilled.  There are occasions in which network members respond aversively or attempt to interfere with individuals' choices. Some of Dr. Fitzpatrick's research has addressed social support and interference from significant others (such as family and friends).  

In addition, Dr. Fitzpatrick has some empirical interest in narrative psychology.  Narrative psychology addresses topics such as the ways in which biographies/stories reflect identity or interpersonal themes.  It also addresses the ways in which individuals can be engaged in the biographies/stories of others, such as fictional characters.  In this context, Dr. Fitzpatrick's work has included an analysis of themes within children's books about international adoption and parasocialism (connectedness to celebrities/characters).

Areas of Expertise

  • Nonmarital/marital relationships
  • Social competence/communication skills
  • Undergraduate students' social/academic experiences
  • Andragogy (teaching and learning processes with college students)
  • Social support/interference from family or friends
  • Narrative psychology (personal/social processes in biographical or fictional stories)
  • Parasocialism (individuals' connectedness to celebrities, athletes, fictional characters)

Selected Publications

Fitzpatrick, J. & Kostina-Ritchey, E. (2015).  Representations of community involvement in children's literature about Chinese-born adopted girls.  Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 24, 148-167.

Fitzpatrick, J., Blazek, M., Kazcmierzak, M., Lewandowska-Walter, A., Pastwa-Wojciechowska,B. & Blazek, W.  (2014).  Lifestyle and close relationship trends among young adults in Poland.  Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 31, 928-937. 

Fitzpatrick, J. & Morgan, F.  (2014).  Dimensions of parasocialism and potential linkages to South American media.

A. Garcia & J. Fitzpatrick (Eds.), Romantic, marital and parasocial relationships (pp. 104-116).  Vitória, Brazil:  Federal University of Espirito Santo Press.

Fitzpatrick, J.  (2013).  The application of Kram's mentorship functions to a service learning assignment.  Journal of College and Character, 14, 185-192.

Fitzpatrick, J. & Kostina-Ritchey, E. (2013).  Romantic/marital, parental and familial relationship policies in the US.  In M. Robila (Ed.), Handbook of family policies across the globe(pp. 373-388).  New York, NY:  Springer.

Fitzpatrick, J. & Kostina-Ritchey, E. (2013).  An epidemic simulation in a public policy course.Academic Exchange Quarterly, 17, 17-23.

Quek, K. & Fitzpatrick, J.  (2013).  Cultural values, self-disclosure and conflict tactics as predictors of marital satisfaction among Singaporean husbands and wives.  Family Journal:  Counseling and Therapy for Couples and Families, 21, 208-216.

Fitzpatrick, J.  (2012).  Highlighting the cross-disciplinary relevance to students in a required course.  Family Science Review, 17, 91-101.

Fitzpatrick, J.  (2012).  Support and interference from social network members:  A conceptual framework.  In M. Paludi (Ed.), Psychology of love(pp.73-88).  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO Publishers.  

Fitzpatrick, J. & Gerrity, R.  (2012).  Principles of good coaching: Implications for psychology instructors' skill development. In S. Baker & J. Holmes (Eds.), Essays from e-xcellence in teaching XII (pp. 37-42).  Washington, DC:  Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

McGaha, V. & Fitzpatrick, J.  (2010).  Employment, academic and extracurricular contributors to college aspirations.  Journal of College Admissions, 207, 22-29.

Fitzpatrick, J., Boden J. & Kostina-Ritchey, E.  (2010).  Student engagement challenges in teaching about controversial issues.  Journal of Graduate and Professional StudentDevelopment, 13, 84-102.

Fitzpatrick, J., Sharp, E. & Reifman, A.  (2009).  Midlife singles' willingness to date partners with heterogeneous characteristics.  Family Relations, 58, 121-133. 

Fitzpatrick, J., Liang, S., Feng, D., Crawford, D., Sorell, G. & Morgan-Fleming, B.  (2006).  Social values and self-disclosure:  A comparison of Chinese native, Chinese resident (in U.S.) and American spouses.  Journal of Comparative Family Studies, 37, 113-127.

Fitzpatrick, J., Feng, D. & Crawford, D.  (2006).  The role of loneliness, network support, and network interference in undergraduate women's homesickness.  In A. Garcia (Ed.), Personal relationships: International studies (pp. 33-39). Vitória, Brazil:  Federal University of Espirito Santo Press.  

McGaha, V. & Fitzpatrick, J.  (2005).  Personal and social contributors to dropout risk for undergraduate students.  College Student Journal, 39, 287-297.


Research Website

Relationships, Social Networks, and Media

Meet Jackie Fitzpatrick, Ph.D.