Bertranna Muruthi

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Assistant Professor
Counseling Psychology, Couples and Family Therapy, Family and Human Services
Phone: 541-346-0913
Office: 257 HEDCO Education Bldg


As a research scholar and marriage and family therapist, my primary aim is to conduct research that will lead to community based culturally responsive interventions and prevention programs for immigrant families in the US. Central to my research activities is the examination of factors related to immigrant families in transition and family predictors for risk and resilient behavior. Specifically, I use an intersectionality lens within a transnational framework to explore how immigrant experiences evolve and change as they stay connected to native countries while in host countries. This perspective provides vital tools that highlight the lives of marginalized families while empowering their cultural practices. These experiences allow for a closer examination of connections that migrants have to their native countries and how these connections may affect migrants’ resettlement experiences in receiving nations.


Ph.D.              University of Georgia, Department of Human Development and Family Science, Specialization in Marriage and Family Therapy, 2016

M.S.                Miami University, Family Studies, Specialization in Culturally Diverse Families and Stressful Family Context, 2010

B.S.                 Miami University, Women’s Studies, 2007

Honors and Awards

2018                              Robert C Anderson Memorial Alumni Award, University of Georgia Graduate School

2014-2015                     American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy/Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration Dissertation Fellowship, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Minority Fellowship Program

2011-2014                    American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy / Substance Abuse Mental Health Service Administration Fellowship, American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy and the Minority Fellowship Program


Jackson, J. B., Steward, S. R., Roper, S. O., & Muruthi, B. A. (2018). Support Group Value and Design for Parents of Children with Severe or Profound Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities. Journal of autism and developmental disorders, 1-15.

*Escobar, J., Falconier, M., & Muruthi, B. A. (2018). “Se llevaron al padre de mis hijos”: Latina mothers coping with the deportation of their partner. Journal of Family Therapy.

Bermudez, J. M., Muruthi, B. A., Stinson, M. A., Seponski, D., Zak Hunter, L., & Taniguchi, N. (2018). Thank you for including us!”- introducing a community-based collaborative approach to translating clinical materials. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy. doi: 10.1111/jmft.12317

Li, P., Wickrama, K. A. S., Worch, S., & Muruthi, B. A. (2018). Marital enqing [affection] and depression in Taiwanese couples: The mediating role of active and passive sacrifice. Marriage and Family Review.

Muruthi, B. A., Farnham, A., McCoy, M., & Chou, J. (2018). Sexual scripts and narrative therapy with older couples. American Journal of Family Therapy. doi: 10.1080/01926187.2018.1428129

Spivey, S., Muruthi, B. A., Chou J., & *Chevalier, M. (2017). Feminist borderland theory and Karen refugee families.  Journal of Feminist Family Therapy. Advanced online publication. doi:10.1080/08952833.2017.1391031

Muruthi, B. A, Watkins, K., McCoy, M., Muruthi, J. R., & Kiprono, F. J. (2017). "I feel happy that I can be useful to others": Preliminary study of East African women and their remittance behavior. Journal of Family and Economic Issues38, 315-326. doi:10.1007/s10834-017-9533-8

Bermúdez, J. M., Muruthi, B. A., & Jordan, L. S. (2016). Decolonizing research methods for family science: Creating space at the center. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 8(2), 192-206. doi:10.1111/jftr.12139

Jordan, L. S., Grogan, C., Muruthi, B. A., & Bermúdez, J. M. (2016). Polyamory: Experiences of power from without, from within, and in between. Journal of Couple & Relationship Therapy,16(1), 1–19. doi: 10.1080/15332691.2016.114113

Muruthi, B. A., Bermúdez, J. M., Bush, K. R., McCoy, M., & Stinson, M. A. (2016). Afro-Caribbean mothers in the US: An exploratory study from a transnational feminist perspective. Women & Therapy39(3-4), 413-431. doi: 10.1080/02703149.2016.1116872


Dr. Muruthi addresses three main research areas in her program of research: (a) migration, resettlement, and transnationalism of documented and undocumented immigrants, (b) predictors of risk and resilient behavior in immigrant families, and (c) development of intervention and prevention programming for immigrant families.