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Angela Bradford

Associate Professor

239 TLRB

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Dr. Bradford is originally from San Diego, CA and dreams of owning a vacation home there one day (obviously after the world recognizes that MFTs are just as valuable as business people and compensates them accordingly). She is married to her best friend, Brian, who makes her laugh on a daily basis and they have 6 children together. She enjoys going to musical theater (and will participate again one day when the time is right), working with her hands (remodeling/renovating, taking care of her perennial garden, etc.), watching a lot of TV (favorite shows are Frasier and Survivor), baking, eating what she bakes, and learning "bad dad" jokes.

She got her MS in Marriage and Family Therapy from Auburn University (sweet home Alabama) in 2005 and her PhD in Human Development and Family Studies in 2012 (also from Auburn). She has been at BYU since 2012.

Auburn University, PhD, Human Development and Family Studies, 2012
Auburn University, MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, 2005
Brigham Young University, BS, Family Science, 2003

Research Interests:
Couple therapy process research, including in-session psychophysiology and therapist behaviors; therapist factors and processes in session; emotional regulation in therapy; broadly, mechanisms of change in couple therapy.

Professional Affiliations:

Student Mentoring Award, School of Family Life, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; 2019
Mary Lou Fulton Young Scholar Award, College of Family, Home, and Social Sciences, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; 2019-2022.
Faculty Women’s Association Mentoring Award, Brigham Young University, Provo, UT; 2018.

Recent Publications:

  • Willis, K. L., Miller, R.B., Anderson, S. R., Bradford, A. B., Johnson, L. N., Yorgason, J. B. (2021) Therapists Effects on Dropout in Couple Therapy: Findings from an MFT Training Program. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12473
  • Bradford, A.B., Drean, L., Sandberg, J.G., & Johnson, L.N. (2019). They may disapprove, but I still love you: Attachment behaviors moderate the effect of social disapproval on marital relationship quality. Family Process. DOI: 10.1111/famp.12519
  • Parady, A.M., Anderson, S.R., Bradford, A.B., & Johnson, L.N. (2019). Difference in therapeutic alliance: High-conflict co-parents vs. regular couples. American Journal of Family Therapy, 46, 405-420. DOI: 10.1080/01926187.2019.1570830
  • Bradford, A.B., Dobry, S., Sandberg, J.G., & Coyne, S.M. (2018). Baby with the Bathwater? Examining the Relationship between Video Game Use and Relationship Outcomes and the Moderating Effects of Attachment Behaviors among Married Casual Gamers. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12355
  • Sandberg, J.G., Meservy, M., Bradford, A.B., & Anderson, S.R. (2017). Examining the influence of relational aggression on sexual satisfaction with attachment behaviors as a potential mediator. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy. DOI:10.1080/0092623X.2017.1405307
  • Johnson, L.N., Miller, R.B, Bradford, A.B., & Anderson, S.R. (2017). The Marriage and Family Therapy Practice Research Network (MFT-PRN): Creating a more perfect union between practice and research. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43, 561-572. DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12238
  • Bradford, A.B., Burningham, K.L., Sandberg, J.G., & Johnson, L.N. (2017). The association between the parent-child relationship and symptoms of anxiety and depression: The roles of attachment and perceived spouse attachment behaviors. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43, 291-307. DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12190
  • Ketring, S.A., Bradford, A.B., Davis, S.Y., Adler-Baeder, F., McGill, J., & Smith, T.A. (2017). The role of the facilitator in Couple Relationship Education. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43, 374-390. DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12223
  • Bradford, A.B., Drean, L., Adler-Baeder, F., Ketring, S.A., & Smith, T.A. (2017). It’s about time! Examining received dosage and program duration as predictors of change among non-distressed and distressed married Couple and Relationship Education participants. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 43, 391-409. DOI: 10.1111/jmft.12209

Current CV