About Misty K. Hook, Ph.D.

Dr. Hook is a Licensed Psychologist with close to 20 years of experience in counseling. As a romantic partner and mother, Dr. Hook understands the struggles of families today and seeks to put both her professional and personal experiences to work in offering the empathy and effectiveness that her clients need. Dr. Hook possesses a specific clinical and research interest in issues important to families, including couple dynamics, women’s issues, mothering concerns, parenting difficulties, postpartum depression, divorce, blended families, and reparenting. She also has interest in and experience with common complaints relating to depression, anxiety and adjustment difficulties.Misty K. Hook, Ph.D.

After receiving her undergraduate degree in psychology from Trinity University, Dr. Hook received her Masters degree in Counseling Psychology from the University of Kansas. She earned her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology at Ball State University with a specialization in couples and family counseling. After receiving her Ph.D., Dr. Hook was an assistant professor of psychology at Texas Woman’s University for 5 years. During that time, she taught graduate classes in family psychology, the psychology of mothering, social psychology, counseling, and undergraduate classes in the psychology of women. In addition to having a full time private practice, Dr. Hook served for 2 years as an adjunct professor for Southern Methodist University where she taught graduate courses in family therapy

She has been quoted as the expert in WeightWatchers.com, Dallas Family, Today’s Dallas Woman, Fort Worth Telegraph, and was a guest on “The Voice” on AM 700 KSEV in Dallas. She also has been featured in an article in the Plano Star Courier and in a segment on Family Time with Tracy Johnson on TXCN News Channel. Dr. Hook has written several columns that appeared in national publications, has been published in many academic journals, and has a chapter about families and addiction in a textbook on addictions counseling. She also writes about the role of psychology in popular culture and has chapters in books on Alias, The Simpsons, Harry Potter, Joss Whedon and Veronica Mars.
Dr. Hook has written columns for the Dallas Morning News Briefing newspaper and currently maintains a blog on psychology and popular culture at www.thepsychologicalhook.com .

Dr. Hook is active in several professional organizations, including the Association for Women in Psychology where she co-founded
the Caucus for Mothering Issues.

Selected Publications:

Hook, M. K. (2011). Lisbeth Salander as a Gender Outlaw. In R. S. Rosenberg & S. O’Neill (Eds.), The psychology of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: Understanding Lisbeth Salander and Stieg Larsson’s Millennium Trilogy (pp. 47-64). Dallas, TX: Benbella Books.
ISBN 978-1936661343

Hook, M. K. (2008). Addictions and families. In D. Capuzzi & M. Stanton (Eds.), *Foundations of addictions counseling* (pp. 285-309). New York: Pearson Educational Publishing.

Stupak, D., Hook, M. K., & Hall, D. (2007). Participation in counseling: Does family matter? An analysis of a community population. *Journal of Mental Health Counseling, 29*, 259-268.

Hook, M. K. (2007). What Harry and Fawkes have in common: The transformative power of grief. In N. Mulholland (Ed.), *The Psychology of Harry Potter: An Unauthorized Examination of the Boy Who Lived* (pp. 89-102). Dallas, TX: Benbella Books. ISBN: 978-1932100884

Hook, M. K. (2006). The Family Simpson: Like looking in a mirror? In A. Brown & C. Logan, (Eds.), *The psychology of The Simpsons: D’oh!* (pp. 1-20). Dallas, TX: Benbella Books. ISBN 978-1932100709

Hook, M. K., Gerstein, L. L., & Detterich, L. (2003). How close are we? Measuring intimacy and gender differences. *Journal of Counseling and Development, 81*(4), 462-472.

Hook, M. K., & Ashton, K. (2002). Transcending a double bind: The case of Jenna. *Career Development Quarterly, 50* (4), 321-325.

Hook, M. K. (1992, November 15). Dissent to the retention of the DOD risk rule. *In the Presidential Commission on the Assignment of Women in the Armed Forces’ Report to the President* (pp. 93-95). Washington, D.C.: U.S. Government Printing Office.

Titles of Recent Presentations:

Mothers
Mothers in the middle: Working with mothers in therapy.
Losing a child: Issues surrounding mothering and loss.
As American as apple pie: Depictions of mothering in American culture.
Motherhood as political action.
Adventures in mothering and how psychology can help.
Mentors and Role Models
Making a difference? Mentors, role models, and multiple role planning for women.
Let me show you: The impact of mentors and role models on the multiple role planning of gifted adolescent women.
Families
Blended families: Working together toward a new type of family.
Reparenting: When you didn’t get it the first time.
Parenting and self care: How to be a successful parent when time is short.
Body image concerns during pregnancy.
Antenatal and postpartum depression: How psychological treatment can help.
Got kids? Ideas for effective parenting in stressful times.
Parenting and divorce: Tips for handling parenting in divorced and blended families.