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School of Family Studies and Human Services

Briana Nelson Goff

Briana Nelson Goff

Professor

Contact Information

343K Justin Hall
785-532-1490
bnelson@k-state.edu

Education

  • Ph.D. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Texas Tech University (1998)
  • M.S. in Marriage and Family Therapy, Kansas State University (1993)
  • B.S. in Psychology and Life Sciences, Kansas State University (1991)

Credentials and/or Certifications

  • Licensed Clinical Marriage and Family Therapist (LCMFT)

Area(s) of Specialization

  • Post-traumatic stress disorder and secondary traumatic stress in partners
  • The effects of trauma and traumatic stress on couple functioning
  • Parenting children with Down syndrome

Courses Taught

  • FSHS 529 Understanding Trauma and Traumatic Stress
  • FSHS 533 Prevention and Intervention of Violence
  • FSHS 603 Coping with Life Crises
  • FSHS 753 Violence Prevention and Intervention
  • FSHS 759 Foundations of Trauma and Traumatic Stress
  • FSHS 763 Crisis Across the Lifespan

Professional Biography

Briana S. Nelson Goff, Ph.D, is a professor in the School of Family Studies and Human Services and director of the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families at Kansas State University. Dr. Nelson Goff's clinical experience and research specialization is with primary and secondary traumatic stress symptoms in trauma survivor couples, families and children, with a specific focus on military- and disaster-related traumatic events. Her work has expanded to international trauma, as she has worked in Bosnia-Herzegovina as part of a team through National Research Council grants to work with survivors of the war in Bosnia, particularly children without parental care, from 2000-2003.

One of the most unique aspects of her work at K-State is the development of the Trauma Research, Education and Consultation at K-State (TRECK) Team. This program includes graduate and undergraduate students, and over 115 students have been involved in the TRECK Team research and projects since it began in 1998. Members of the team have conducted research on trauma in couples; submitted and published professional journal articles; presented workshops at state, national and international conferences; provided workshops and education for non-professionals and community members throughout Kansas; and provided clinical therapy services for trauma survivors and their family members. Since 2004, Dr. Nelson Goff and the TRECK Team have focused their research on soldiers who have served in Operation Iraqi Freedom (Iraq) and Operation Enduring Freedom (Afghanistan) and their partners to understand the individual and systemic effects of war deployments and trauma in couples. Since 2009, she has served as the director of the Institute for the Health and Security of Military Families in the School of Family Studies and Human Services, where she is in charge of developing collaborative educational, outreach and clinical services programs for military families in the state. Dr. Goff received the U.S. Department of the Army Outstanding Civilian Service Award in 2014, the Fort Riley Distinguished Trooper Award and the Kansas State University Excellence in Engagement Award in 2015, and the Department of the Army Chief of Staff Outstanding Civilian Service Award in 2016.

Since 2010, Dr. Nelson Goff and a colleague at Texas Tech University have conducted research, workshops and educational programs at their universities, collaborating on a national research study on the positive aspects of having a child with Down syndrome titled, "My Kid Has More Chromosomes than Yours!: The Journey to Hope and Resilience in Parenting a Child with Down Syndrome." They have worked together on this national study on parenting children with Down syndrome, which is both a personal and professional endeavor.

Personal Information

Dr. Nelson Goff is a fourth-generation K-Stater who loves everything about the institution and is proud to be a part of the K-State family. She and her family live outside of Wamego, Kansas, where her husband, Craig, is the general manager at KanEquip, a farm implement dealership. They have two children, Dalton and Gracyn, who take up much of her spare time.

Vita (pdf)