Amy Marshall



Director of Graduate Studies
Professor of Psychology
Preferred Pronouns: she/her/hers
(814) 863-1752


Ph.D., Indiana University, 2004

Professional Bio

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:

Lee, J-K., Marshall, A. D., Feinberg, J. E. (2022). Parent-to-child aggression, intimate partner aggression, conflict resolution, and children’s social-emotional competence in early childhood. Family Process, 61, 823-840.

Sippel, L. M., Taverna, E., & Marshall, A. D. (2022). In vivo defensive behaviors, fear, and attention bias to physical and negative evaluation threats. Behaviour Research and Therapy. Advance online publication.

Daly, K. A., & Marshall, A. D. (2021). Trauma during early adolescence and boys’ social behavior: A focus on teen dating violence. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 14, 471-482.

Mattern, A. C., & Marshall, A. D. (2020). Aggression in the context of partner threat: The role of trauma exposure. Partner Abuse, 11, 140-157.

Leifker, F. R. & Marshall, A. D. (2019). The impact of negative attributions on the link between observed partner social support and posttraumatic stress disorder symptom severity. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 65, 19-25.

Marshall, A. D., Feinberg, M. E., & *Daly, K. A. (2019). Children’s emotional and behavioral reactions to interparental aggression: The role of exposure to within-incident, cross-dyad aggression spillover. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 617-628.

Marshall, A. D., Le, Y., Fredman, S. J., Feinberg, M. E., *Taverna, E. C., & Jones, D. E. (2019). Prospective, dyadic links between posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms and family violence in the early years of parenthood. Journal of Family Psychology, 33, 1000-1006.

Marshall, A. D., Roettger, M. E., Mattern, A. C., Feinberg, M. E., & Jones, D. E. (2018). Trauma exposure and aggression towards partners and children: Differential contextual influences of fear and anger. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 710-721.

Sullivan, T. J., Leifker, F. R., & Marshall, A. D. (2018). Observed emotional expressivity, posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, and intimate partner violence perpetration among community couples. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 31, 352-361.

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.

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.

Keane, T. M., Marshall, A. D., Taft, C. T. (2006). Posttraumatic stress disorder: Etiology, epidemiology, and treatment outcome. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 2, 161-197.


Amy Marshall
Amy Marshall


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