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Suzanne Bartle-Haring

Professor, Department of Human Sciences

Program Area: Human Development and Family Science

(614) 688-3259

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Suzanne Bartle-Haring is professor of human development and family science in the Department of Human Sciences. She earned a master's degree in marriage and family therapy at the University of Conneticut with the aspiration to become a full-time clinician. Her interest in research quickly grew during her master's program and has been doing research ever since. 

She believes there is a synergy among the many facets of her position including the theory of change as a clinician, her work as a supervisor training clinicians and her research. She conducts research to test the Bowen Family Systems Theory. Using a systemic perspective in research and wanting to understand family, Bartle-Haring collects data from multiple family members. The complexity of this kind of data has driven her to learn about statistical procedures that can handle this sort of data. Bartle-Haring is successful at using multilevel modeling, structural equation modeling, and more recently, dyadic data analysis techniques in her research. She continues to strive to use quantitative methods that approximate a systems perspective. 


  • PhD, Family Science, University of Connecticut, 1990
  • MS, Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Connecticut, 1987
  • BS, Psychology, Penn State University, 1984

Research Interests


  • 2003-Present Director, Marriage and Family Therapy Program Professor, Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University
  • 1997-2007, Associate Professor, Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University
  • 1992-1997 Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Science, The Ohio State University
  • 1991-1992 Visiting Assistant Professor, MFT Program Family and Child Development, Virginia Tech University
  • 1990-1992 Research Associate, MayaTech Corporation, Silver Spring, MD


  • 1988-1990 Predoctoral Fellowships: University of Connecticut

Selected Grants

  • Bartle-Haring, Suzanne (PI). Factors in choosing Breast Cancer Screening. This study was small program providing breast cancer education sessions to women 39 and over, and then following them for a year to see what characteristics contribute to compliance with screening.
  • Slesnick, N. (PI),  Bartle-Haring, S., Schoppe-Sullivan, S. (Co-I’s), Stage 1 treatment development with homeless mothers and their 2-6 year old children. PE: 10%.  National Institute of Drug Abuse.
  • Bartle, Suzanne, University Seed Grant, $15,000, Longitudinal study of adolescents and their parents: The individuation process and its relationship to the resolution of identity and intimacy.

Selected Publications

  1. Bartle-Haring, S., McWey, L., Durtschi, J., (2014) "Dyadic data analysis".  In  Miller, R., Johnson, L.(Eds)  Advanced  Methods in Family Therapy Research, (pp 366-382).New York: Routledge.
  2. Yoo, H., Bartle-Haring, S. , Gangamma, R., (in press)  Predicting premature termination with alliance at sessions 1 and 3: an exploratory study". Journal of Family Therapy.
  3. Gangama, R., Bartle-Haring, S., Holowacz, E., Hartwell, E., Glabova, T.,(in press) Relational Ethics, Depressive Symptoms, and Relationship Satisfaction in Couples in Therapy. Journal of Marital and Family Therapy.
  4. Bartle-Haring, S., Slesnick, N., Carmona, J., (in press) Reciprocity in adolescent care-giver violence. Journal of Family Violence.
  5. Ponappa,S, Bartle-Haring,S,  Day,R. (2014).  Connection to parents and healthy separation during adolescence: A longitudinal perspective. Journal of Adolescence, 37, 555-566.
  6. Yoo,H, Bartle-Haring,S., Day,R., Gangamma,R, (2013)  Couple communication, emotional and sexual intimacy, and relationship satisfaction". JOURNAL OF SEX AND MARITAL THERAPY. Vol. 40, 275-293.
  7. Slesnick, N., Erdem, G., Bartle-Haring, S.,  Brigham, G. (2013). Intervention with Substance Abusing Runaway Adolescents and their Families: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 81, 600-614.
  8. Bartle-Haring, S., Glebova, T., Gangamma, R., Grafsky, E., Ostrom Delaney, R. (2012).  Alliance and termination status in couple therapy: A comparison of methods for assessing discrepancies.  Psychotherapy Research, 22, 502-514.
  9. Gangamma, R, Bartle-Haring, S., Glebova, T (2012).  A Study of Contextual Therapy Theory’s Relational Ethics in Couples in Therapy. Family Relations, 61, 825-835.
  10. Bartle-Haring, S., Slesnick, N., Collins, J., Erdem, G., Buettner, C. (2012).  The utility of mentoring homeless adolescents: A pilot study.  American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse,38, 350-358.
  11. Bartle-Haring, S., Lotspeich Younkin, F., Day, R. (2012).  Family distance regulation and school engagement in middle-school-aged children.  Family Relations, 61, 192-206.
  12. Bartle-Haring, S., Knerr, M., Adkins, A., Ostom Delaney, R., Gangamma, R., Glebova, T., Grafsky, E., McDowell, T., Meyer, K. (2012).  Trajectories of therapeutic alliance in couple versus individual therapy:  Three level models.  Journal of Sex and Marital Therapy, 38, 79- 107.
  13. Glebova, T.  Bartle-Haring, S., Gangamma, R., Knerr, M., Delaney, R. O., Meyer, K., Silverthorn, B., McDowell, T., Adkins, K., Grafsky, E. (2011).  Therapeutic Alliance and Progress in Couple Therapy: Multiple Perspectives.  Journal of Family Therapy, 33, 42-65.
  14. Knerr, M., Bartle-Haring, S., McDowell, T., Adkins, K, Delaney, R. O., Gangamma, R., Glebova, T., Grafsky, E., Meyer, K. (2011).  The Impact of Initial Factors on Therapeutic Alliance in Individual and Couples Therapy.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37, 182-199.
  15. Lal, A., Bartle-Haring, S. (2011)  Relationship among Differentiation of Self, Relationship Satisfaction, Partner Support and Depression in Patients with Chronic Lung Disease and their Partners.  Journal of Marital and Family Therapy, 37, 169-181.
  16. Buettner, C., Bartle-Haring, S., Andrews, D., Khurana, A.  (2010). Perceptions of Alcohol Policy and Drinking Behavior: Results of a Latent Class Analysis of College Student Drinkers. Addictive Behaviors, 35, 628-631.