Right to Left: Amy Van Hecke, Jeff Karst, Audrey Meyer
Bridget Dolan and Jeff Karst at St. Vincent de Paul Breakfast with Santa, December, 2011
Jeffrey Karst is from Sunburst, Montana and graduated with an undergraduate degree in psychology from Gonzaga University in Spokane, Washington. He is currently in his fifth year of the clinical psychology doctoral program at Marquette under the advisement of Dr. Amy Van Hecke.
Jeff’s primary research interests include Autism Spectrum Disorders (ASD), pediatric psychology, and parent and family functioning (see curriculum vitae below). Particularly, he is interested in how parents and caregivers are affected by having a child with an ASD, physical illness, or serious mental health concerns. In addition, he is interested in studying how parent and family involvement in various interventions can benefit both caregivers and children. Jeff completed his Master’s Thesis, titled “Child and Caregiver Social Behavior and Joint Attention Change following PLAY Project Intervention” in October of 2010. His Doctoral Qualifying Exam, titled “Autism Intervention, Parent Involvement, and its Impact on Family Functioning, the Parent-Child Relationship, Parent Efficacy and Stress,” was completed in the fall of 2011. An abbreviated version of this manuscript was recently published in Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review. For his dissertation, Jeff is examining how parent involvement in the Program for the Education & Enrichment of Relational Skills (PEERS) affects parents and families of adolescents with Asperger Syndrome and high functioning autism. This project is supported by grants from the Marquette University Forward Thinking Program and the Organization for Autism Research.
Jeff began working with children with developmental disabilities as a junior in college. He then spent a year after graduation becoming certified and working as an intensive behavioral intervention therapist for a development disabilities agency in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho. Jeff currently provides therapy and assessment services at the Marquette Center for Psychological Services and the Marquette Autism Clinic, and also worked for two years in the Marquette ADHD Clinic. He completed an external neuropsychological assessment practicum at the Froedtert Child Neuropsychology Clinic in the 2010-2011 academic year, and is in his second year of an external therapy practicum in pediatric psychology at the Children’s Hospital of Wisconsin (CHW). Jeff has worked in several clinics at CHW, including Diabetes, Feeding, GI and Asthma, and is currently working in the Department of Hematology and Oncology. Jeff also taught a course in undergraduate statistics for the Marquette Department of Psychology and was named a Raynor Fellow for the 2012-2013 academic year.
In his free time, Jeff enjoys spending time with his family and friends, playing basketball, tennis, and golf, traveling, and watching Gonzaga basketball.