Kris T. Gebhard

Kris T. Gebhard

Kris T. Gebhard

Graduate Teaching Assistant

Clinical Psychology: interpersonal violence, violence against trans women, empowerment

Kris (pronouns: they/them) is a fifth-year graduate student in Clinical Psychology working with Dr. Lauren Cattaneo.  Kris's research interests are interpersonal violence, intimate partner violence, hate violence against trans women, causes of violence, and research on masculinity relating to violence.  With the support of Dr. Cattaneo's lab, Kris designed a measure of men's shame-related responses to threatened masculinity, the Masculinity and Shame Questionnaire (MASQ).

In addition to research to understand interpersonal violence, Kris is interested in other research that will benefit the LGB, queer, and trans communities, especially work on resiliency, community resiliency, and empowerment. 

Selected Publications

Gebhard, K.T., Cattaneo, L.B., Tangney, J.P., Hargrove, S., Shor, R. (In Press). Threatened-Masculinity shame-related responses among straight men: Measurement and relationship to aggression. Journal of Men and Masculinity.

Calton, J., Cattaneo, L.B., Gebhard, K.T. (2015). Barriers to help seeking for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer survivors of intimate partner violence. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Grants and Fellowships

Summer Research Fellowship. Awarded by the Office of the Provost of to support data collection for dissertation over the summer. George Mason University.

Diversity Research Grant. Awarded by the Department of Psychology Diversity Committee to support validation of the Masculinity and Shame Questionnaire (MASQ). George Mason University.

Courses Taught

PSYC 427, Community Engagement for Social Change (PSYC 427)
PSYC 405, Mystery, Madness, and Murder
PSYC 326, Therapeutic Communication Skills


B.A. Sociology modified with African and African American Studies, Dartmouth College, 2009

M.A. Psychology, George Mason University, 2016