Jerry Gale, Ph.D.

Department of Human Development and Family Science
The University of Georgia
Athens, Georgia 30602

Phone: (706) 542-8435 (work)
(706) 340-5643 (home)

Jerry is a professor in the Department of Human Development and Family Science and also clinical faculty in the family therapy doctoral program. He is also adjunct professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Calgary. His areas of scholarship include relational meditation, improvisation, relational financial therapy, and addressing social justice. His research areas include discursive analysis and dyadic interviewing and he has taught qualitative research methods courses for over 30 years, and is a founding member of one of the first qualitative inquiry certificate programs. He has received over 10 million dollars of grant funding over 30 years. His work is influenced by multiple scholars including Shotter, Vygotsky, Bakhtin, Foucault, Wittgenstein as well as by models of social determinants of health and how systemic structures of racism, discrimination, environmental conditions, economic inequities, etc. impact health and wellbeing.  He has taught meditation classes at the University of Georgia for the past 8 years and his meditation class at the Georgia Museum of Art received the 2017 outstanding educational program from the Georgia Association of Museums and Galleries. Jerry has chaired and co-chaired over 25 regional, national and international conferences. He has over 150 publications, including two books, Constructivism in Education (Steffe & Gale, Eds., 1995) and Conversation analysis of therapeutic discourse: Pursuit of a therapeutic agenda (Gale, 1991). He has taught two days to two-week courses in Germany, Peru, Brazil and South Korea.