Illysa R. Foster


 Illysa R. Foster

(512) 245-6251

UAC 222

W 2p-3:30p & Th 11a-1:30p

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Illysa Foster is not currently accepting new Graduate Students.

Illysa Foster is not currently accepting new Undergraduate Assistants.

Areas of Interest

Clinical Psychology

Developmental Psychology

Health Psychology


Research Information

Current interests and ongoing studies:

Menopause and perimenopause qualitative research study (ongoing)
Dance movement therapy (DMT) and adults with history of TBI (complete)

Multicultural Education and Diversity Training
Perinatal mental health
Maternal-Infant synchrony in movement and breastfeeding
Perimenopausal mental health
Clinical studies of sand play therapy with children


Illysa Foster is a lecturer and psychotherapist. She presents at professional conferences, provides professional ethics training and continuing education on perinatal mental health. Illysa is an ally for LGBTQIA individuals and families and people of color. She volunteers at San Marcos Independent School District, providing childbirth education to adolescent parents.

Illysa has worked in other applied fields, including early childhood education and midwifery. Illysa has taught in departments of Psychology, Human Development and Family and Child Development for Austin Community College and Texas State University.


Foster, I.R. & Lasser, J. (2015). Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice Ankara, Turkey: Nobel Academic Yayincilik (Turkish translation)

Foster, I.R. (2013) Ethical Quandaries for Midwives and Doulas in Social Media. SQUAT Birth Journal (Summer 2013), pp. 18-20.

Foster, I.R. & Lasser, J. Professional Ethics in Midwifery Practice (2011). Jones & Bartlett.

Foster, I.R. & Potter, B. (2011). Midwives Pioneer the Informed Consent Process. SQUATBirth Journal (Summer 2011), pp. 8-10.

Foster, I.R. (2007). Starting a Menstruation Celebration Group. Daughters, 12 (4).

Lasser, J. and Foster, I. (2004). Masturbation and Genital Touching. In A. Canter, L. Paige, M.Roth, I. Romero, & S. Carroll (Eds.), Helping children at home and school II: Handouts for Families and Educators. Bethesda, MD: NASP. Refereed.