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Here we highlight recent publications by our faculty and students that illustrate the range and depth of the kinds of research we do.  This research is often interdisciplinary, makes links to biological mechanisms and health outcomes, and integrates basic science and real world impact!

Bold = Faculty author / Underline = Graduate Student Co-author

Featured Publication



Erika Roberge


Kent Hinkson


AnnaBelle Bryan


Craig Bryan

Roberge, E. M., Haddock, L. A., Oakey-Frost, D. N., Hinkson, K. D., Bryan, A. O., & Bryan, C. J. (2019). Unwanted sexual experiences and retraumatization: Predictors of mental health concerns in veterans. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy.  DOI: 10.1037/tra0000445


Objective: Repeated exposure to traumatic events has consistently been shown to negatively impact mental health functioning; however, the role of timing of such events has received less attention. The present study evaluated the role of trauma that has occurred prior to military service, during service, and across both points in contributing to the most common and deleterious mental health concerns experienced by military personnel: posttraumatic stress, depression, suicide ideation, and suicide attempts.  Conclusions: The present findings suggest that individuals with history of trauma prior to military service are at increased risk for developing clinically significant mental health problems if exposed to additional potentially traumatic experiences. Further, other unwanted sexual experiences appear to be particularly detrimental to mental health functioning.

Additional Publications

Reblin, M., Baucom, B. R. W., Clayton, M. F., Utz, R., Caserta, M., Lund, D., Mooney, K., & Ellington, L. (2019). Communication of emotion in home hospice cancer care: Implications for spouse caregiver depression into bereavement. Psycho‐Oncology. Available online.

Crenshaw, A. O., Leo, K., & Baucom, B. R. W. (2019). The effect of stress on empathic accuracy in romantic couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 33(3), 327. doi: 10.1037/fam0000508.

Baucom, B. R. W., & Crenshaw, A. O. (2019). Evaluating the efficacy of couple and family therapy. In B. H. Fiese, M. Celano, K. Deater-Deckard, E. N. Jouriles, & M. A. Whisman (Eds.), APA handbooks in psychology® series. APA handbook of contemporary family psychology: Family therapy and training (pp. 69-86). Washington, DC, US: American Psychological Association.

This chapter begins with a consideration of the evolving context of treatment outcome research in couple and family therapy. It presents an integrative conceptual model of relational, psychological, and physical health outcomes that are common targets in current work in couple and family-based interventions.  For ease of communication, it focuses primarily on couple therapy throughout the chapter, as very similar issues are relevant for both couple and family therapy research.

Heyman, R. E., Slep, A. M. S., Lorber, M. F., Mitnick, D. M., Xu, S., Baucom, K. J. W., Hatford, W. I., & Niolon, P. H. (2018) A randomized, controlled trial of the impact of the couple CARE for parents of newborns program on the prevention of intimate partner violence and relationship problems. Prevention Science. Available online. doi: 10.1007/s11121-018-0961-y

Heyman, R. E., Baucom, K. J., Slep, A. M. S., Mitnick, D. M., & Lorber, M. F. (2019). A research program testing the effectiveness of a preventive intervention for couples with a newborn. Family Process.  Available online.

Brown, L. A., McLean, C. P., Zang, Y., Zandberg, L., Mintz, J., Yarvis, J. S., Litz, B. T., Peterson, A. L., Bryan, C. J., Fina, B., Petersen, J., Dondanville, K. A., Roache, J. D., Young-McCaughan, S., Foa, E. B., & the STRONG STAR consortium. (2019). Does prolonged exposure increase suicide risk? Results from an active duty military sample. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 118, 87-93. Available online.

Bryan, C. J., Rozek, D. C., Butner, J., & Rudd, M. D. (2019). Patterns of change in suicide ideation signal the recurrence of suicide attempts among high-risk psychiatric outpatients. Behaviour Research and Therapy. Available online.

Albanese, B. J., Macatee, R. J., Stentz, L. A., Schmidt, N. B., & Bryan, C. J. (2019). Interactive effects of cumulative lifetime traumatic brain injuries and combat exposure on posttraumatic stress among deployed military personnel. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy, 48(1), 77-88. doi:10.1080/16506073.2018.1478446

Griffin, B. J., Purcell, N., Burkman, K., Litz, B. T., Bryan, C. J., Schmitz, M., Villierme, C., Walsh, J., & Maguen, S. (2019). Moral injury: an integrative review. Journal of Traumatic Stress. Available online.

Fang, Q., McNaughton-Cassill, M., Bryan, C., Pirani, S., & Osman, A. (2019). Further evidence for score reliability and validity of the Anxiety Depression Distress Inventory-27 scale. Military Psychology, 31(2), 1-9.

Bryan, C. J., Wood, D., Applegarth, M., & Bryan, A. O. (2019). Subtypes of Mental Health Stigma and Barriers to Care Among National Guard Personnel: Results of a Latent Class Analysis. Armed Forces & Society.

Kopacz, M. S., Lockman, J., Lusk, J., Bryan, C. J., Park, C. L., Sheu, S. C., & Gibson, W. C. (2019). How meaningful is meaning-making?. New Ideas in Psychology, 54, 76-81.

Applegarth, D. M., Wood, D. S., Bryan, A. O., & Bryan, C. J. (2019). Examining Help-Seeking Among National Guard Service Members. Military Behavioral Health, 1-8.

Kaufman, E. A., Puzia, M. E., Crowell, S. E., & Price, C. J. (2019). Replication of the Self-Concept and Identity Measure (SCIM) Among a Treatment-Seeking Sample. Identity, 19(1), 18-28.

Price, C. J., Thompson, E. A., Crowell, S., & Pike, K. (2019). Longitudinal effects of interoceptive awareness training through mindful awareness in body-oriented therapy (MABT) as an adjunct to women’s substance use disorder treatment: A randomized controlled trial. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 198(1), 140-149. doi: 10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2019.02.012

Price, C. J., Crowell, S. E., Pike, K. C., Cheng, S. C., Puzia, M., & Thompson, E. A. (2019). Psychological and autonomic correlates of emotion dysregulation among women in substance use disorder treatment. Substance Use & Misuse, 54(1), 110-119. doi: 10.1080/10826084.2018.1508297.

Haines, N., Bell, Z., Crowell, S., Hahn, H., Kamara, D., McDonough-Caplan, H., Shader, T., & Beauchaine, T. P. (2019). Using automated computer vision and machine learning to code facial expressions of affect and arousal: Implications for emotion dysregulation research. Development and Psychopathology, 1-16.

Pathania, A., Leiker, A. M., Euler, M., Miller, M. W. & Lohse, K. R. (2019). Challenge, motivation, and effort: Neural and behavioral correlates of self-control of difficulty during practice. Biological Psychology, 14, 52-63.

Himle, M. B., & Wellen, B. (2019). Tics. In S. Hupp (Eds.), Pseudoscience in Child and Adolescent Psychotherapy. pp. 80-95. Cambridge University Press.

Holmes, G. G., Strassberg, D. S., & Himle, M. B. (2019). Family sexuality communication for adolescent girls on the autism spectrum. Journal of Autism and Developmental Disorders. doi: 10.1007/s10803-019-03904-6

Kerig, P. K. (2019). Linking childhood trauma exposure to adolescent justice involvement: The concept of posttraumatic risk seeking. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice.

Lin, B., Kerig, P. K., & Adkins, D. E. (2019). Cross-validation of the Inventory of Callous-Unemotional Traits across reporters and genders in a sample of detained youth. Psychological Assessment, 31(1), 15-26. DOI: 10.1037/pas0000636

Charak, R., Ford, J. D., Modrowski, C. A., & Kerig, P. K. (2019). Polyvictimization, emotion dysregulation, symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, and behavioral health problems among justice-involved youth: A latent class analysis. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 47(2), 287-298. doi: 10.1007/s10802-018-0431-9.

Kerig, P. K. (2019). Parenting and family systems. In M. H. Bornstein (Ed.), Handbook of Parenting: Volume 3: Being and becoming a parent. 

May, A. M., Crenshaw, A. O., Leifker, F., Bryan, C. J., & Baucom, B. R. (2019). Knowledge of suicide history, current depressive symptoms, and future suicide risk within couples. Behaviour Research and Therapy. Available online.

Smith, T. W. (2019). Relationships matter: Progress and challenges in research on the health effects of intimate relationships. Psychosomatic Medicine, 81(1), 2-6. doi: 10.1097/PSY.0000000000000660.

Niermeyer, M. A., Ziemnik, R. E., Franchow, E. L., Barron, C. A., & Suchy, Y. (2019). Greater naturally occurring expressive suppression is associated with poorer executive functioning and motor-sequence learning among older adults. Journal of Clinical and Experimental Neuropsychology, 13, 1-15. doi: 10.1080/13803395.2018.1502257.

Suchy, Y., Niermeyer, M. A., Franchow, E. L. & Ziemnik, R. (2019). Deleterious impact of expressive suppression on test performance persists at one-year follow-up in community-dwelling older adults. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 25(1), 29-38. doi: 10.1017/S1355617718000838.

Suchy, Y., Holmes, L. G., Strassberg, D. S., Gillespie, A. A., Nilssen, A. R., Niermeyer, M. A., & Huntbach, B. A. (2019). The impacts of sexual arousal and its suppression on executive functioning. The Journal of Sex Research, 56(1), 114-126. doi: 10.1080/00224499.2018.1462885.

Williams, P. G., Curtis, B. J., & Anderson, J. S. (2019). Toward an individual differences approach to habitual short sleep duration: A reply to Massar and Chee.  Sleep, 42(4), pii: zsz035. doi: 10.1093/sleep/zsz035.

Last Updated: 7/29/19