Dr. Laura C. Spiller
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My research interests include the relationship aggression, particularly sexual coercion in college dating relationships. The sexual aggression research lab is currently conducting several studies on sexual coercion in college dating relationships. We have gathered a large data set assessing a variety of risk factors for the sexual aggression perpetration and victimization. Another study investigates whether experiencing a virtual reality role play in which a male avatar uses increasingly coercive sexual advances can increase the participant’s ability to take the perspective of a sexual coercion victim and increase the salience of the prevention program as a whole. Another line of research investigates both men’s and women’s use of a wide range of sexual initiation and influence tactics used to get a reluctant partner to agree to a greater degree of intimate, sexual activity. This research examines not only how commonly these tactics are use but also how they perceived in terms of acceptability and potential harm. One of the products of this research has been the development of a measure of sexual initiation tactics. Future research in this area will use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to better understand the social-cognitive context in which these interactions occur.
|Semester||Course #||Section||Course Name||Location||Days / Times|
|Details||Fall 2012||5843||101||Multicultural Psychology||O'Donohoe Hall 110|
|Details||Fall 2012||4503||101||Tests & Evaluation||Prothro-Yeager Hall 102||
|Details||Fall 2012||2203||101||Human Behavior||Prothro-Yeager Hall 102||
|Details||Spring 2012||5143||201||Professional Issues||Prothro-Yeager Hall 102|
|Details||Spring 2012||4703||201||Research Methods||Prothro-Yeager Hall 102|
|Details||Spring 2012||2203||201||Human Behavior||Prothro-Yeager Hall 101|
|Details||Fall 2011||6173||101||Practicum III||O'Donohoe Hall 110||
|Details||Fall 2011||6153||101||Practicum I||O'Donohoe Hall 110||
|Details||Fall 2011||5863||101||Neuropsychology||Prothro-Yeager Hall 101||
|Details||Fall 2011||4503||101||Psychological Tests & Evaluation||Prothro-Yeager Hall 101||
|Details||Fall 2011||2203||102||Human Behavior||Prothro-Yeager Hall 101||
|Details||Summer I 2011||6173||301||Clinical Practicum||O'Donohoe Hall 110||
|Details||Summer I 2011||6163||301||Clinical Practicum||O'Donohoe Hall 110|
|Details||Summer I 2011||6153||301||Clinical Practicum||O'Donohoe Hall 110||
|Details||Spring 2011||6033||201||Seminar in Family Violence||O'Donohoe Hall 110||
|Details||Spring 2011||4703||201||Research Methods||Prothro-Yeager Hall 102||
|Details||Spring 2011||2203||201||Human Behavior||Prothro-Yeager Hall 102||
|University of Texas at Austin||B.A.||May 15 1993 12:00AM|
|University of Houston||Ph. D.||May 15 2000 12:00AM|
|Institution||Position||Start Date /||End Date|
|Midwestern State University||Assistant Professor||August 2005||present|
|Graham Psychological Associates||Clinical Psychologist||May 2002||July 2006|
Publications: Book chapters
Jouriles, E. N., McDonald, R., Stephens, N., Norwood, W., Spiller, L. C., & Ware, H. S. (1997). Breaking the Cycle of Violence: Helping Families Departing from Battered Women’s Shelters. In G. Holden, R. Geffner, E. Jouriles (Eds.), Children Exposed to Family Violence. Washington, D.C.: APA.
Publications: Refereed Journals
Spiller, L., Stiles, L., Carlston, D., & Hise, L. (2012) Perceived vulnerability of HIV infection, prejudice toward gay men, and sexual behaviors of heterosexual college students. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.
Spiller, L. C., Jouriles, E. N., McDonald, R., & Skopp, N. (2012). Abused women’s experiences of sexual aggression and their children’s disruptive behavior problems. Psychology of Violence. doi: 10.1037/a0028912
Kelsey, K., Spiller, L., Stiles, B. L., & Diekhoff, G. (2012). Assessment of Therapists’ Attitudes toward BDSM. Psychology and Sexuality. DOI:10.1080/19419899.2012.655255
Jouriles, E. N., McDonald, R., Rosenfeld, D., Norwood, D., Spiller, L. C., Stephens, N., Corbitt-Schindler, D., & Ehrensaft, M. (2010) Improving parenting in families referred for child maltreatment: A randomized controlled trial examining effects of Project Support. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 328-338.
Jouriles, E. N., McDonald, R., Spiller, L. C., Swank, P., Norwood, W. D., Ware, H. S., & Stephens, N. (2001) Reducing conduct problems among children of battered women. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 69(5), 774-785.
Ware, H. S., Jouriles, E. N., Spiller, L. C., McDonald, R., Swank, P. R., & Norwood, W. D. (2001) Conduct problems in children at battered women’s shelters: Prevalence and stability of maternal reports. Journal of Family Violence, 16(3), 291-307.
Jouriles, E. N., Spiller, L. C., Stephens, N., McDonald, R., & Swank, P. (2000) Variability in the adjustment of children of battered women: The role of children’s appraisals of marital conflict. Cognitive Therapy and Research, 24(2), 233-249.
Perry, B. D., Czyzewski, D. I., Lopez, M., Spiller, L. C., & Treadwell-Deering, D. (1998) Neuropsychological impact of facial deformities in children. Clinics in Plastic Surgery, 25 (4), 587-597
Jouriles, E. N., McDonald, R., Norwood, W. D., Ware, H. S., Spiller, L. C., & Swank, P. R. (1998) Knives, Guns, and Interparent Violence: Effects on Child Witnesses. Journal of Family Psychology, 12, 178-194