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Relational Cultural Theory

Thank you for visiting the Relational-Cultural Theory lab at Oklahoma State University. RCT is drawn from the work of Jean-Baker Miller, who purported that optimal health occurs when we exist within growth-fostering relationships and environments. Miller's work emphasizes cultural contexts of each individual as a focal point. Using this model, our lab has developed impactful research and advocacy projects oriented toward beneficial individual and community health. Using RCT allows us to develop multiculturally sensitive studies which emphasize empowerment and resource connection for our participants. Much of our research is qualitative, but we welcome ideas from all research paradigms.