Kalen D. Zeiger, tLMFT, CCTP, CFTP

Kalen D. Zeiger, tLMFT, CCTP, CFTP Headshot

Certifications:

  • Marital and Family Therapist Temporary License (tLMFT), Board of Behavioral Science, IDPH/Bureau of Professional Licensure, Iowa Department of Public Health, License Number: 112891
  • Certified Clinical Trauma Professional (CCTP), International Association of Trauma Professionals, Evergreen Certifications, Certification Number: 496816
  • Certified Family Trauma Professional (CFTP), International Association of Trauma Professionals, Evergreen Certifications, Certification Number: 952552
  • Graduate Certificate in College Teaching, Office of Graduate Teaching Excellence (OGTE), University of Iowa
  • Supervisor Candidate (doctoral track), American Association for Marriage and Family Therapy (AAMFT), AAMFT ID Number: 181908

Area of Focus:

  • Treating trauma, anxiety, adjustment, and stress disorders in the LGBTQ+ population
  • Queer-centered support groups and group therapy
  • Queer-affirming care, including WPATH-based letters of support for hormone replacement therapy, gender-affirming surgeries, and accessing other affirming care
  • Adapting clinical measures and language to better include the LGBTQ+ community
  • Queer-competent care related to sexuality, gender expression, and relationships when working with individuals, partners, families, and parents

Education:

  • ABD Doctoral Candidate for Ph.D., Couple and Family Therapy, University of Iowa
  • ABT for M.A. Educational Measurement and Statistics, University of Iowa
  • M.S., Human Development and Family Science, Specialization: Marriage and Family Therapy, University of Central Missouri
  • B.A., Psychology, Minors: Anthropology, Sociology, Women’s Studies, Columbia College

Professional Organizations/Associations:

  • Iowa Psychological Association
  • American Psychological Association
  • PACEs (Positive and Adverse Childhood Experiences) Connection
  • International Association of Trauma Professionals
  • National Council on Family Relations
  • American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy AAMFT
    • Networks:
      • MFTs Working in Trauma
      • Queer and Trans Advocacy
      • Family Team

Online Publications

Rochford, H. I., Zeiger, K. D., & Peek-Asa, C. (2023). State-level education policies: Opportunities for secondary prevention of child maltreatment (Peer-Reviewed). Child Abuse & Neglect, 136, 106018. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2022.106018

Zeiger, K.D., Ball, M.A. (2022) How the Compulsory Gender Binary Language in the DSM-5’s Category of Sexual Interest Disorders Interacts Negatively with Patients’ Nonbinary and Genderqueer Identities (Peer-Reviewed). Sexuality & Culture 26, 1531–1539 (2022). https://doi.org/10.1007/s12119-022-09950-0.

Gutierrez, D., Zeiger, K. D., McGee, S., Rago, C., Schiff, B., Rodriguez Jimenez, K. (2022). Loss of Safe Spaces: Ambiguous Loss and Minority Stressors of BIPOC LGBTQ+ Communities Amidst the COVID-19 Pandemic (Lightning Paper). National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference

Rochford, H. I., Zeiger, K. D., & Peek-Asa, C. (2022). Child Care Subsidies: Opportunities for Prevention of Child Maltreatment (Peer-Reviewed). Child and Adolescent Social Work Journal, 1-11. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10560-022-00887-9

Rochford, H., Zeiger, K., & Peek-Asa, C. (2022) Child Maltreatment Prevention: Policies Increasing Eligibility for Child Care Subsidies (Policy Brief). University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center.

Rochford, H., Zeiger, K., & Peek-Asa, C. (2022) Child Maltreatment Prevention: School-based Recognition and Response Training Policies (Policy Brief). University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center.

Rochford, H., Zeiger, K., & Peek-Asa, C. (2022) Child Maltreatment Prevention: Accessibility of Victim Services (Policy Brief). University of Iowa Injury Prevention Research Center.

Rochford, H., Zeiger, K. D., & Peek-Asa, C. (2022). 068 School-based policies for child maltreatment recognition & response (Abstract). Injury Prevention.

Books & Chapters

Zeiger, K. D. & Goslin, A. (2021). Parenting (Book Chapter). In Priest, J. B., Williams, R. M. C., & Lee, A. (Eds), Relate: Sex, Intimacy, and Conflict. University of Iowa Pressbooks

Thesis Research Project – A Narrative Inquiry into Trans and Gender Variant Identities and Adverse Stress Experiences (2020). University of Central Missouri, Warrensburg, MO

Recent Articles

Professional Background

Kalen began working with couples and families in 2008 as a peer counselor and trainer for an outreach program, Connecting for Children- a University of Missouri Extension and Central Missouri Community Action joint effort. From there, Kalen decided to go to college and focus on psychotherapy. They began working with families as a therapist intern at a domestic violence shelter in Missouri in 2019.

In 2020, Kalen continued their education in the University of Iowa’s Psychological and Quantitative Foundations department. Today, Kalen is working on finishing up their educational journey by completing their thesis for a Master of Arts in Educational Measurement and Statistics and their dissertation for a Doctorate of Philosophy in Couple and Family Therapy.

While at the University of Iowa, Kalen served as a teaching assistant for the Marriage and Family Interaction and Introduction to Statistical Methods courses, the primary instructor for the Child Development course, and as a therapist, group facilitator, and the Associate Clinic Director of the LGBTQ Counseling Clinic. Kalen is active in the queer community and has founded multiple LGBTQ+ support and therapy groups in Missouri and Iowa.

Today, Kalen continues as a volunteer facilitator of an LGBTQ+ Support Group through the University of Iowa while seeing clients as a therapist at Prism Therapy Group. Kalen has a Marital and Family Therapist Temporary License in Iowa and is a Certified Clinical Trauma Professional and a Certified Family Trauma Professional. Kalen’s research and clinical focus includes clinical measurements and assessments and queer-affirming care related to trauma, anxiety, adjustment, and stress disorders in the LGBTQ+ population.