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 an emeritus professor in the Department of Human Development and Family
Science at the University of Georgia. He directed the family therapy doctoral program
for 18 years. 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 and racism. 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 also co-founded the transdisciplinary ASPIRE Clinic. He has received over 18 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 9 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 170 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 courses (from two days to two-weeks) in Germany, Peru, Brazil and South Korea. He is on the Boards of AFTA and FPI.