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Faculty - Counseling Psychology

Christine Robitschek, Ph.D.



Associate Professor of Psychology


Ph.D., 1993, University of Minnesota - Minneapolis


Phone: (806) 834-1771

Fax: (806) 742-0818


Research Interests:

My research focuses on Personal Growth Initiative (PGI). Specific interests include development of PGI theory and measurement, impact of PGI on health and disorder, multicultural factors in the development and expression of PGI, and developing and testing interventions to teach PGI skills (i.e., Intentional Growth Training).

Selected Research:

  • Luyckx, K., & Robitschek, C. (2014). Personal growth initiative and identity formation in adolescence through young adulthood: Mediating processes on the pathway to well-being. Journal of Adolescence, 37, 973-981. doi: 10.1016/j.adolescence.2014.07.009
  • Hardin, E. E., Robitschek, C., Flores, L. Y., Navarro, R., & Ashton, M. W. (2014). The Cultural Lens Approach to evaluating cultural validity of psychological theory. American Psychologist, 69, 656-668. doi: 10.1037/a0036532
  • Thoen, M. A., & Robitschek, C. (2013). Intentional Growth Training: Developing an intervention to increase personal growth initiative. Applied Psychology: Health and Well-being, 5, 149-170. doi: 10.111/aphw.12001
  • Robitschek, C., Ashton, M. W., Spering, C. C., Geiger, N., Byers, D., Schotts, G. C., & Thoen, M. (2012). Development and psychometric properties of the Personal Growth Initiative Scale – II. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 59, 274-287. doi: 10.1037/a0027310
  • Weigold, I. K., & Robitschek, C. (2011). Agentic personality characteristics and coping: Their relation to trait anxiety in college students. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81, 255-264.
  • Robitschek, C., & Keyes, C. L. M. (2009). Keyes' model of mental health with personal growth initiative as a parsimonious predictor. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 56, 321-329.
  • Hardin, E. E., Weigold, I. K., Robitschek, C., & Nixon, A. E. (2007). Self-discrepancy and distress: The role of personal growth initiative. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 54, 86-92.
  • Robitschek, C. (2003). Validity of Personal Growth Initiative Scale scores with a Mexican American college student population. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 50, 496-502.
  • Robitschek, C., & Kashubeck, S. (1999). A structural model of parental alcoholism, family functioning, and psychological health: The mediating effects of hardiness and personal growth orientation. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 46, 159-172.
  • Robitschek, C. (1999). Further validation of the Personal Growth Initiative Scale. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 31, 197-210.
  • Robitschek, C. (1998). Personal growth initiative: The construct and its measure. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 30, 183-198.