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College of Liberal and Fine Arts

Rebecca Weston, Ph.D.

Associate Professor and PhD Advisor of Record
Department of Psychology

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Office: MH 4.02.36
Office hours: T/TH 2:30-3:30 pm or by appt

Research area: Interpersonal Violence; Influences of Victimization on Women's Health

Additional Information
  • Degrees

    • Ph.D., M.A., The University of North Texas
    • B.A., The University of Texas at Austin
  • Recent Courses

    • 2533  Social Psychology
    • 4193  Relationships
    • 5113  Professional Ethics & Standards (MS level)
    • 5363  Health Psychology (MS level)
    • 7003  Multivariate Statistical Analysis (PhD level)
    • 7013 Advanced Research Design (PhD level)
    • 7203 Grant Development (PhD level)
  • Research in Progress


  • Recent Publications

    REFEREED PUBLICATIONS: ( * indicates student co-author)

    • * Lancaster, S. L., Kloep, M. L., Rodriguez, B. F., Weston, R. (in press). Event centrality, posttraumatic cognitions, and the experience of posttraumatic growth. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma.
    • * Melka, S. E., * Lancaster, S. L., * Bryant, A. R., Rodriguez, B. F., & Weston, R. (2011). An exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis of the Affective Control Scale in an undergraduate sample. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavior Assessment, 33, 501 – 513.
    • * Lancaster, S. L., Rodriguez, B. F., & Weston, R. (2011). Path analytic examination of a cognitive model of PTSD. Behaviour Research and Therapy, 49, 194 – 201.
    • Temple, J. R., Weston, R. & Marshall, L. L. (2010). Long-term mental health effects of partner violence patterns and relationship termination on low-income and ethnically diverse women. Partner Abuse, 1, 379 – 398.
    • Stockdale, M. S., Logan, T. K., & Weston, R. (2009). Sexual harassment and posttraumatic stress disorder: Damages beyond prior abuse. Law and Human Behavior, 33, 405-418.
    • * Starks, T., Gilbert, B., Fischer, A. R., Weston, R., & DiLalla, D. (2009). Gendered sexuality: A new model and measure of attraction and intimacy. Journal of Homosexuality, 56, 9-14.  Rebecca Weston 3
    • Weston, R., Gore, P.A., Chan, F., & Catalano, D. (2008). An introduction to using structural equation models in rehabilitation psychology. Rehabilitation Psychology, 53, 340-356. Temple, J. R., Weston, R., Stuart, G. L., & Marshall, L. L. (2008). The longitudinal association between alcohol use and intimate partner violence among ethnically diverse community women. Addictive Behaviors, 33, 1244-1248.
    • Weston, R. (2008). Insecure attachment mediates effects of partners’ emotional abuse and violence on women’s relationship quality. Journal of Family Violence, 23, 483-493.
    • * Lovett-Hooper, G., Komarraju, M., Weston, R., & Dollinger, S.J. (2007). Is plagiarism a forerunner of other deviance? Imagined futures of academically dishonest students. Ethics & Behavior, 17, 323-336.
    • Weston, R., Marshall, L. L., & Coker, A. C. (2007). Women’s motives for violent and nonviolent behaviors in conflicts. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22, 1043 – 1065.
    • * Temple, J. R., Weston, R., Rodriguez, B. F., & Marshall, L. L. (2007). Effects of partner and nonpartner sexual assault on women’s mental health. Violence Against Women, 13, 285- 297.
    • Weston, R. & Gore, P. A. (2006). A brief guide to structural equation modeling. The Counseling Psychologist, 34, 719 – 751.
    • Coker, A. L., Weston, R., Creson, D. L., Justice, B., & Blakeney, P. (2005). PTSD symptoms among men and women survivors of intimate partner violence: The role of risk and protective factors. Violence and Victims, 20, 625-643.
    • Weston, R., * Temple, J. R., & Marshall, L. L. (2005). Gender symmetry and asymmetry in violent relationships: Patterns of mutuality among racially diverse women. Sex Roles, 52, 553-571.
    • * Temple, J. R., Weston, R., & Marshall, L. L. (2005). Physical and mental health outcomes of women in nonviolent, mutually violent and unilaterally violent relationships. Violence and Victims, 20, 335-359.
    • * Kallstrom-Fuqua, A.C., Weston, R., & Marshall, L. L. (2004). Childhood and adolescent sexual abuse of community women: Mediated effects on psychological distress and social relationships. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 72, 980-992.
    • Yuan, K-H., Marshall, L. L. & Weston, R. (2002). Cross-validation by downweighting influential cases in structural equation modeling. British Journal of Mathematical and Statistical Psychology, 55, 125 – 143.
    • Honeycutt, T. C., Marshall, L. L. & Weston, R. (2001). Toward ethnically specific models of employment, public assistance and victimization. Violence Against Women, 7, 126-141.
    • Rebecca Weston 4 Marshall, L. L., Weston, R. & Honeycutt, T. C. (2000). Does men’s positivity moderate or mediate the effects of their abuse on women’s relational quality? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 17, 661-676.


    • Weston, R. & Marshall, L. L. (2007). The role of ethnicity in intimate partner violence. In K. Kendall-Tackett & S. Giacomoni (Eds.), Intimate Partner Violence. Civic Research Institute.

    • Weston, R. & Marshall, L. L. (2001). What causes men’s violence against women? Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 18, 149-152. (Book Review.)

  • Ph.D. Program Graduate Advisor of Record, Psychology (2012-Present)


    • Professor of the Year, SIUC Psi Chi and Psychology Student Association, 2006
    • The Counseling Psychologist’s 2006 Outstanding Contribution Award for Weston and Gore (2006), A Brief Guide to Structural Equation Modeling


    • September, 2005 to August, 2009, Using batterer psychological profiles for prevention of partner violence. National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, CDC #1R49CE000606-01, PI: Ann L. Coker, Co-PI: Rebecca Weston
    • September, 2006 to January, 2008, Center for rural violence and justice studies. Bureau of Justice Assistance, PIs: Joseph A. Schafer, Jennifer Dunn, Rebecca Weston
    • June, 2004 to May, 2005, Sexual violence in childhood and adulthood: Effects on physical and mental health among low-income women. Southern Illinois University, Faculty Seed Grant Program, PI: Rebecca Weston
    • September, 2001 to August, 2004, The context, motives and meaning of partner violence: Effects on women’s health and use of the justice system. National Institute of Justice, # 2001-WT-BX-0504, PIs: Linda L. Marshall and Rebecca Weston


    • International Association for Relationship Research
    • American Psychological Association (Divisions 5, 9, and 35)
    • Association for Psychological Science
    • International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies
    • SPSSI Junior Scholars Professional Development Task Force (2005 – 2007)

    Editorial Board Membership

    • Journal of Social and Personal Relationships (2006 – present)

    Ad Hoc Reviewing

    • American Journal of Community Psychology
    • Journal of Interpersonal Violence
    • Journal of Traumatic Stress
    • Personal Relationships
    • Violence Against Women
    • Violence and Victims
    • Psychology of Women Quarterly
    • Sex Roles