Eastern Michigan University
College of Arts and Sciences
Psychology Department
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Dean Lauterbach


303A Science Complex




Ph.D. Purdue University 1994

M.S. Purdue University 1988

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1984

Interests and Expertise

I am responsible for teaching a wide range of undergraduate courses including (but not limited to) History and Systems of Psychology, Introduction to Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. I am also responsible for teaching graduate courses in Psychopathology, and Research Design to MS and Ph.D. students.

Additional duties have included serving as the coordinator for the General Clinical MS program, chairing search committees for clinical and statistics faculty, representing the department at graduate counsel and graduate coordinator meetings.

Current research interests focus on two distinct areas of inquiry.

The first area is well-established and includes studies examining:
   (1) The longitudinal expression of PTSD symptoms among severe burn victims.   (2) Factorial invariance of PTSD symptoms across time.   (3) The effects of trauma history and personality traits on judgments of social support.   (4) The moderating effect of schizophrenia-spectrum personality traits on the relationship between social support and PTSD symptoms.   (5) The relationship between maternal expectations and values and frequency/severity of child maltreatment.   (6) Factor structure of PTSD in a sample of impoverished African American Women.

The second research area is relatively new and focuses on examining use, misuse, and impact of the social networking site Facebook. Data collection for this project began in the Fall, 2011 term. Specific research questions examined in this project will include the following:
   (1) Experiences of Facebook users (e.g., experience of negative behaviors on Facebook, perceived Facebook Social Support, frequency and reasons for Facebook usage, and beliefs regarding addiction to Facebook use).   (2) Frequency and severity of engagement in risky behaviors on Facebook.   (3) Relationship between risky behaviors on Facebook and traditional pencil-and-paper measures of risky behaviors.    (4) Frequency with which social support is provided on Facebook and effectiveness of Facebook support in ameliorating PTSD symptoms relative to traditional (face-to-face) social support.

Selected Publications

Allen, B., & Lauterbach, D. (2007). Personality Characteristics of Adult Survivors of Childhood Trauma. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(4), 587-595.

Lauterbach, D. (2004). Osobowość, preżycie traumatyczne oraz zespót stresu pour azowego:wyjście poza jednoczynnikowy model prognostyczny. In J. Strelau (Ed.), Osobowość A Ekstremalny Stress. Gdansk: Gdansk Psychology Publishing Company.

King, D. W., Orazem, R. J., Lauterbach, D., King, L., Hebenstreit, C. L., & Shalev, A. Y. (2009). Factor structure of the impact of event scale-revised: Stability across cultures and time. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 1(3), 173-187.

Lauterbach, D. (2005). Personality, trauma exposure, and Postraumatic Stress Disorder severity: Moving beyond the monovariable predictor model. In J. Strelau (Ed.), Personality and extreme stress. Nova Publishing Company.

Lauterbach, D. (2000). Personality profiles of trauma survivors. Traumatology 7(1), 5-18.

Lauterbach, D., Bak, C., Reiland, S., Mason, S., Lute, M., & Earls, L. (2007). Quality of parental relationships among persons with a lifetime history of posttraumatic stress disorder. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(2), 161-172.

Lauterbach, D., Behnke, C., McSweeney, L.B. (in press). Sleep Problems Among Persons with a Lifetime History of PTSD Alone and in Combination With a Lifetime History of Other Psychiatric Disorders: A Replication and Extension. Comprehensive Psychiatry.

Lauterbach, D., & Gloster, A. (2003). Preliminary thoughts on a theory-driven model for the A Criterion for PTSD. Traumatic Stress Points, 17(1), 8.

Lauterbach, D., Koch, E. I., & Porter, K. (2007). The relationship between childhood support and later emergence of PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(5), 857-868.

Lauterbach, D., & Nugent, N. K. (In press). Violence and College Students – Prevalence, Legal, and Psychological Issues. In F. Columbus (Ed.), Violent Crime: Causes, Impact and Reduction. Nova Publishing Company

Lauterbach, D., & Reiland, S. (2007). Exposure Therapy and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder. In D.C.S. Richard & D. Lauterbach, (Eds.), Comprehensive handbook of the exposure therapies. New York, NY: Academic Press.

Lauterbach, D., Somer, E., & Dell, P. VonDeylen, H. (2008). Abuse history and pathological dissociation among Israeli and American college students: A comparative study. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 9(1), 51-62.

Lauterbach, D., Vora, R., & Rakow, M. (2005). The relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder and self-reported health problems. Psychosomatic Medicine, 67(6), 939-947.

Lauterbach, D., & Vrana, S. (1996). Three studies on the reliability and validity of a self-report measure of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. Assessment, 3, 17-25.

Lauterbach, D., & Vrana, S. (2002). Relationship between trauma exposure and substance use in a sample of college students. Journal of Trauma Practice, 1(2), 77-94.

Lauterbach, D., & Vrana, S. (2001). The relationship among personality variables, exposure to traumatic events, and severity of posttraumatic stress symptoms. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 14, 29-45.

Lauterbach, D., Vrana, S., King, D., & King, L. (1997). Psychometric properties of the civilian version of the Mississippi PTSD scale. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 10, 499-514.

Mason, S. T., Arceneaux, L. L., Abouhassan, W., Lauterbach, D., Seebach, C., & Fauerbach, J. A. (2008). Confirmatory factor analysis and invariance of the short form McGill Pain Questionnaire (MPQ-SF) with burn patients. Eplasty: Journal of Burns and Wounds.

Reiland, S. & Lauterbach, D. (2008). Effects of Trauma and Religiosity on Self-Esteem.

Psychological Reports, 102, 779-790.

Reiland, S., Lauterbach, D., & Huprich, S. (2008). Comorbidity of personality disorders and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder. In I. Halvorsen & S. Olsen (Eds.) New Research on Personality Disorders. New York: Nova Science Publishing.

Richard, D. C. S., & Lauterbach, D. (2003). Computers in the training and practice of behavioral assessment. In M. Hersen (Series Ed.) & S. N. Haynes & E. M. Heiby (Vol. Eds.) Comprehensive handbook of psychological assessment, Vol. 4. Behavioral assessment. Hoboken, NJ: Wiley

Richard, D. C. S., Lauterbach, D. & Gloster, A. T. (2007). Description, mechanisms of action, and assessment. In D.C.S. Richard & D. Lauterbach, (Eds.), Comprehensive handbook of the exposure therapies. New York, NY: Academic Press.

Richard, D. C. S., & Lauterbach, D. (Eds.). (2007). Comprehensive handbook of exposure therapies. New York, NY: Academic Press.

Sonis, J., King, D. W., King, L. A., Lauterbach, D., Palmieri, P. (2007). Introduction to special section: Innovations in trauma research methods, 2006. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20(5), 775-777.

Sonis, J., Palmieri, P. Lauterbach, D. King L. A. King D. W. (2008). Introduction to special section: Innovations in trauma research methods, 2007. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21(5), 431-433.

Vrana, S., & Lauterbach, D. (1994). Prevalence of traumatic events and post-traumatic psychological symptoms in a nonclinical sample of college students. Journal of Traumatic Stress 7, 289-302.

Courses Taught

PSY 453 History & Systems

PSY 605 Research Design

PSY 743 Psychopathology

The Psychology Department is part of the College of Arts & Sciences, 214 Pray-Harrold, 734.487.4344