Sandra Stith

University distinguished professor
Virginia Mowrey McAninch endowed professor in family studies and human services
Professor of family studies and human services

Sandra Stith

Sandra Stith is an internationally known expert on understanding and treating intimate partner violence. She is director of the university's marriage and family therapy program in the College of Human Ecology.

Since coming to the university in 2007, Stith has garnered nearly $8 million in grants. She is the author of one book and has edited four books on intimate partner violence and authored more than 90 articles and book chapters on the subject. Stith has received National Institute of Mental Health funding to develop and test a couple's treatment program for intimate partner violence. She has worked with the U.S. Air Force Family Advocacy Program since 1998 as a manager of a variety of family violence-related research projects.

Before coming to K-State, she was a professor and director of the master's program in marriage and family therapy at Virginia Tech University in Falls Church, Va.

Stith was named the K-State College of Human Ecology's Vera Mowrey McAnich endowed professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services in 2012. She was named a university distinguished professor, the university's highest faculty honor, in 2014. Her other honors include the College of Human Ecology's Research Excellence Award in 2011; the American Family Therapy Association's Distinguished Contribution to Family Systems Research Award and K-State's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2007; and the American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy's Outstanding Contribution to Marriage and Family Therapy Award in 2004. In 2012 she became a fellow of the National Council on Family Relations.  She also was recognized for teaching excellence at Virginia Tech. 

Stith grew up in Oklahoma. She received her bachelor's degree in 1970 in education from Oklahoma State University. She earned her master's degree in life span human development in 1982 and her doctorate in marriage and family therapy in 1986, both from K-State.

She can be reached at 785-532-4377 or sstith@k-state.edu.