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Amy Marshall Ph.D.

Amy Marshall, Ph.D.

Director of Graduate Training

Professor of Psychology

Pronouns: she/her/hers

259 Moore Building
Office Phone: (814) 863-1752


  1. Ph.D., Indiana University, 2004


Research Interests

Dr. Marshall’s research program is designed to determine individual and contextual factors that contribute to the occurrence of psychological and physical aggression in close relationships. A particular emphasis is placed on the ways in which trauma exposure can alter early-stage social information processing (particularly attention to, and perception of, emotionally and physically threatening social stimuli), which in turn can facilitate or inhibit aggressive behavior in intimate and parent-child relationships. This model includes the study of intrapersonal processes (e.g., emotional and neurohormonal system dysregulation) and interpersonal processes (e.g., reciprocal and multiplicative interaction patterns) that may contribute to changes in information processing that are particularly important to the maintenance of adaptive close relationships and recovery from posttraumatic sequelae.

Additional areas of study include 1) individual, dyadic, and contextual predictors of the within-incident co-occurrence of aggression in intimate and parent-child relationships, 2) the relationship context of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) and how basic research can inform couples therapy approaches to treating PTSD and relationship aggression, 3) how the developmental timing of trauma exposure can dictate the nature and severity of interpersonal and psychological outcomes, 4) social and biological mechanisms that explain sex differences in aggression perpetration and sex differences in the development of PTSD following trauma, and 5) development of innovative research methodologies and assessment techniques.

Representative Publications:

Marshall, A. D., Roettger, M. E., Mattern, A. C., Feinberg, M. E., & Jones, D. E. (in press). Trauma exposure and aggression towards partners and children: Differential contextual influences of fear and anger. Journal of Family Psychology.

Fredman, S. J., Le, Y., Marshall, A. D., Brick, T. R., & Feinberg, M. E. (2017). PTSD symptoms’ associations with couple functioning and parenting stress in first-time parents: A dyadic perspective. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 6, 117-132.

Marshall, A. D., Feinberg, M. E., Jones, D. E., & Chote, D. R. (2017). The Children, Intimate Relationships, and Conflictual Life Events (CIRCLE) Interview for simultaneous measurement of intimate partner and parent to child aggression. Psychological Assessment, 29, 978-989.

Marshall, A. D. (2016). Developmental timing of trauma relative to puberty and the nature of psychopathology among adolescent girls. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 55, 25-32.

Leifker, F. R., Hanley, K., Blandon, A. Y., & Marshall, A. D. (2015). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms impact the emotional experience of intimacy during couple discussions. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 29, 119-127.

Hanley, K., Leifker, F. R., Blandon, A. Y., & Marshall, A. D. (2013). Gender differences in the impact of posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms on intimacy among community couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 525-530.

Marshall, A. D. (2013). Posttraumatic stress disorder and partner-specific social cognition: A pilot study of sex differences in the impact of arginine vasopressin. Biological Psychology, 93, 296-303.

Marshall, A. D., Panuzio, J., Makin-Byrd, K. N., Taft, C. T., & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. (2011). A multilevel examination of interpartner intimate partner violence and psychological aggression reporting concordance. Behavior Therapy, 42, 364-377.

Sippel, L. M. & Marshall, A. D. (2011). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, intimate partner violence perpetration, and the mediating role of shame processing bias. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 25, 903-910.

Marshall, A. D. & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. (2010). Recognition of wives’ emotional expressions: A mechanism in the relationship between psychopathology and intimate partner violence perpetration. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 21-30.  

Research Interests:

Clinical (Adult and Child):
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