Krista Fritson


Office: COPH 304E   |    Phone: (308) 865-8247   |    Email:

Dr. Krista Fritson

Courses Regularly Taught

  • Abnormal Behavior and Society
  • General Psychology
  • Introduction to Clinical Psychology
  • Psychopathology

Research Interests

  • Self-efficacy
  • Teaching issues
  • Psychotherapy processes and outcomes
  • Emotional intelligence
  • Mindful meditation technology

Selected Publications

Lanz, J. J., Fritson, K. K., Hoffert, K., & Carrillo, K. C. (2019).  Reducing burnout through a mindful meditation mobile app: A randomized controlled trial. Journal of Psychology and Behavioral Science, 7(2), 66-73. 

Fritson, K. K., Rycek, R. F, & Elliott, L. (2019).  Using positive psychology in independent living settings to enhance well-being and functioning. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Review, 5, 1-6. 

Fritson, K. K., Forrest, K. D., & Bohl, M. L. (2016). The effects of reflective journaling on content comprehension. International Journal of Education and Social Science, 3, 39-42. 

Fritson, K. K., & Wadkins, T. A. (2013). Childhood trauma: Related disorders and treatments. In T. Plante (Ed.). Abnormal Psychology Across the Ages, Volume 2, pp.149-169. Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Fritson, K. K., Nelson, D., Vontz, H., & Forrest, K. D. (2013). Students' perceptions of journaling in undergraduate classes. Journal of Instructional Research, 3, 3-9.

Miller, R. L., Rycek, R. F., & Fritson, K. K. (2011). The effects of high impact learning experiences on student engagement. Procedia Social and Behavioral Sciences, 15, 53-59.

Fritson, K. K., Forrest, K. D., & Bohl, M. L. (2011). Using reflective journaling in the college course. In R. L. Miller, E. Amsel, B. Kowalski, B. Beins, K. Keith, & B. Peden (Eds.). Promoting Student Engagement, Volume 1: Programs, Techniques and Opportunities. Syracuse, NY: Society for the Teaching of Psychology.

Fritson, K. K., & Mandernach, B. J. (2008). Impact of journaling on students' self-efficacy and locus of control. Insight: Journal of Scholarly Teaching, 3, 75-83

Fritson, K. K. (2008). Autism. In S. Davis and W. Buskist (Eds.). Handbook of 21st century psychology.

Honors and Awards

  • UNK Student Government Faculty of the Year, September 2020 (2nd Time) 
  • IDeA-CTR “Collaborator of the Year” Award, October 2019 
  • UNK Celebrating Excellence Collaboration Award, April 2019 
  • UNK CSP Graduate Program  --Partnership Award, April 2019 
  • UNK Pratt-Heins Teaching Award, August 2018 
  • UNK Residential Life Team Recognition, January 2018 
  • UNK Student Government Faculty of the Year, April 2014 
  • UNK Greek Affairs and Office of Student Life Distinguished Faculty Award, September 2013 
  • UNK CNSS Faculty Mentor Award, April 2013 
  • Mortar Board Faculty Recognition, (2016, 2014, 2012)