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Dean Lauterbach


lauterbach 303A Science Complex




Ph.D. Purdue University 1994

M.S. Purdue University 1988

B.S. University of Wisconsin-Madison 1984

Interests and Expertise

          Beginning in the early 1990’s my research focused broadly on the impact of trauma exposure and the development of Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).  However, the specific areas within this broad framework have changed.  Early in my career I was focused on epidemiology of trauma and PTSD (Vrana & Lauterbach, 1994) the factor structure of PTSD (King et al., 2009; Lauterbach, Vrana, King, & King, 1997), instrument development (Lauterbach & Vrana, 1996), and potential risk factors for development of PTSD (Lauterbach & Vrana, 2001).  This work was quite broad and included work with a variety of populations including college students (Vrana & Lauterbach, 1994), burn victims (Mason, Lauterbach, McKibben, Lawrence, & Fauerbach, 2013), cross-cultural work (King et al., 2009; Lauterbach, Somer, Dell, & VonDeylen, 2008), and nationally-representative samples of victims exposed to a broad array of traumas (Lauterbach, Behnke, & McSweeney, 2011; Lauterbach, Vora, & Rakow, 2005).

            More recently, my research has narrowed to focus on child maltreatment.  Admittedly, some of that initial work lacked direction and examined a range of topics including, for example, personality characteristics of child maltreatment victims (Allen & Lauterbach, 2007) and the  impact of childhood trauma on the quality of parent-child relationships (Lauterbach et al., 2007).  However, in 2012 I applied for and received a modest fellowship to Cornell University at the National Data Archives on Child Abuse and Neglect.  Since that time my work has focused on longitudinal trajectories of symptoms among child maltreatment victims (Lauterbach, Allen, Poehacker, & Phillips, 2017; Lauterbach & Armour, 2016).  In addition, it has focused on risk/protective factors for symptom change (increase/decrease) among child maltreatment survivors and those at elevated risk for maltreatment.  This has typically involved the use of Growth Mixture Modeling to identify distinct subgroups of maltreatment survivors defined by differences in initial levels (intercept) symptom trajectory over time (slope).

            Throughout my career I have been able to support the work of my graduate students.  Some of this work focused on trauma and PTSD (cf. Reiland & Lauterbach, 2008; Reiland, Lauterbach, Harrington, & Palmieri, 2014).  However, other work has examined non-trauma topics including the potential role of Facebook as a mechanism for improving quality of life (McCloskey, Iwanicki, Lauterbach, Giammittorio, & Maxwell, 2015), the effects of religiosity and trauma on self-esteem (Reiland & Lauterbach, 2008) cross-cultural issues (Phillips & Lauterbach, in press), and longitudinal trajectories of psychological interpersonal violence among the mothers of child maltreatment victims (Poehacker, Phillips, Riggs, & Lauterbach, 2017).

Expectations Of Students That Would Like To Join My Research Team

            One question of central interest to students applying to work in my lab is: what am I looking for in a student?  I am primarily interested in students who want to focus their professional career on understanding the causes, consequences, and longitudinal effects of child maltreatment.  In addition, I am particularly interested in students who have experience with, or interest in, the use of advanced statistical techniques to address the problems I mentioned earlier.  Many of the data sets I work with are large and complex.  For example, I have worked with the National Comorbidity Survey, the replication of the National Comorbidity Survey and most recently the Longitudinal Studies on Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN).  The LONGSCAN study is a 5-site longitudinal study of the prevalence, consequences, risk, and protective factors of child maltreatment.  Working with this type of data requires an eye for detail, patience, a background in child maltreatment, the ability to problem solve, and a willingness to learn contemporary data analytic techniques.

Other Interests

In 2014 I developed a Psychology Study Abroad course devoted to the history of Western European psychology.  Since that time I have taken two groups of approximately 16 students each overseas.  The class typically meets for 6 weeks in the US and during that time I present on topics that will not be covered while overseas.  The next two weeks are spent in Austria (Vienna & Mauthausen), Germany (Würzburg & Leipzig), and England (London & Kent).  Although the specific dates change from year to year, the itinerary looks like this:

  • Arrive in Vienna – Kick off dinner
  • Tour of Freud Museum
  • Tour of University of Vienna & open day – specialized lecturette on Mauthausen concentration camp and history of ethics
  • Tour of Mauthausen Concentration Camp & Travel to Würzburg, Germany
  • Tour of History of Psychology Museum and meeting with students from University of Würzburg
  • Open day – activities TBD – possibly Tour of Palace of Justice, Memorium - Nuremberg Trials, tour of Würzburg Residenz, or Fortress Marienberg
  • Travel to Leipzig, Germany, Tour of Wundt Room
  • Open day – activities TBD
  • Travel to London
  • Open day – activities TBD
  • Tour of Galton Collection
  • Tour of Darwin’s house and Bethlam Royal Hospital
  • Tour of Freud Museum – Capstone supper
  • Depart London

Doctoral students who have worked for me serve as the trip managers.

Selected Publications

Allen, B., & Lauterbach, D. (2007). Personality characteristics of adult survivors of childhood trauma. Journal of traumatic stress, 20(4), 587-595. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jts.20195

King, D. W., Orazem, R. J., Lauterbach, D., King, L. A., Hebenstreit, C. L., & Shalev, A. Y. (2009). Factor structure of posttraumatic stress disorder as measured by the Impact of Event Scale-Revised: Stability across cultures and time. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 1(3), 173-187. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0016990

Lauterbach, D., Allen, B., Poehacker, S., & Phillips, D. (2017). Trajectories of self-regulation  symptoms among child maltreatment survivors: Findings from the Longitudinal Studies of Manuscript submitted for publication.

Lauterbach, D., & Armour, C. (2016). Symptom trajectories among child survivors of maltreatment: Findings from the Longitudinal Studies of Child Abuse and Neglect (LONGSCAN). Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 44(2), 369-379. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/s10802-015-9998-6

Lauterbach, D., Bak, C., Reiland, S., Mason, S., Lute, M. R., & 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. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1002/jts.20194

Lauterbach, D., Behnke, C., & McSweeney, L. B. (2011). Sleep problems among persons with a lifetime history of posttraumatic stress disorder alone and in combination with a lifetime history of other psychiatric disorders: a replication and extension. Comprehensive Psychiatry, 52(6), 580-586. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.comppsych.2011.01.007

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 & Dissociation, 9(1), 51-62. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/15299730802073650

Lauterbach, D., Vora, R., & Rakow, M. (2005). The relationship between posttraumatic stress disorder and self-reported health problems. Psychosomatic Medicine, 67(6), 939-947. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1097/01.psy.0000188572.91553.a5

Lauterbach, D., & Vrana, S. (1996). Three studies on the reliability and validity of a self-report measure of posttraumatic stress disorder. Assessment, 3(1), 17-25.

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(1), 29-45. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1007831430706

Lauterbach, D., Vrana, S., King, D. W., & King, L. A. (1997). Psychometric properties of the Civilian Version of the Mississippi PTSD scale. Journal of traumatic stress, 10(3), 499-513. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1023/A:1024801607043

Mason, S. T., Lauterbach, D., McKibben, J. B. A., Lawrence, J., & Fauerbach, J. A. (2013). Confirmatory factor analysis and invariance of the Davidson Trauma Scale (DTS) in a longitudinal sample of burn patients. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 5(1), 10-17. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/a0028002

McCloskey, W., Iwanicki, S., Lauterbach, D., Giammittorio, D. M., & Maxwell, K. (2015). Are Facebook “friends” helpful? Development of a Facebook- based measure of social support and examination of relationships among depression, quality of life, and social support. Cyberpsychology, Behavior, and Social Networking, 18(9), 499-505. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1089/cyber.2014.0538

Phillips, D., & Lauterbach, D. (in press). American Muslim immigrant mental health: The role of racism and mental health stigma. Journal of Muslim Mental Health.

Poehacker, S., Phillips, D., Riggs, J., & Lauterbach, D. (2017). Longitudinal Trajectory of Exposure to Psychological Interpersonal Violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 0886260517707309. doi: 10.1177/0886260517707309

Reiland, S., & Lauterbach, D. (2008). Effects of trauma and religiosity on self-esteem. Psychological Reports, 102(3), 779-790. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.2466/PR0.102.3.779-790

Reiland, S., Lauterbach, D., Harrington, E. F., & Palmieri, P. A. (2014). Relationships among dispositional attributional style, trauma-specific attributions, and PTSD symptoms. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 23(8), 823-841. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2014.941083

Vrana, S. R., & Lauterbach, D. (1994). Prevalence of traumatic events and post-traumatic psychological symptoms in a nonclinical sample of college students. Journal of traumatic stress, 7(2), 289-302. doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.1007/BF02102949

Courses Taught

PSY 453 History & Systems

PSY 605 Research Design

PSY 743 Psychopathology