Terri Messman-Moore

Terri Messmanm-Moore 2016

Director of Clinical Training; O'Toole Family Professor

Contact Information:

Phone: (513) 529-2403
311 Psychology Building
Miami University
Oxford, OH 45056


Ph.D., 1999, Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University (APA Accredited) 

Internship, 1998-1999, Boston Psychology Consortium, Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System – National Center for PTSD – Boston University School of Medicine & Tufts University School of Medicine (APA Accredited)

M.S., 1994, Psychology, Oklahoma State University 

B.A., 1992, Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Summa Cum Laude 

Teaching Interests:

Clinical Psychology
Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy
Mindfulness-Based Interventions
Stress, Trauma, Violence, and Abuse
Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD)
Trauma-related compulsive and addictive behavior
Emotion Regulation

Research Interests:

My research program reflects three intersecting areas: interpersonal violence (child and adolescent sexual victimization, child maltreatment, adult revictimization), trauma, and emotion dysregulation. I am interested in how interpersonal violence early in development affects one’s later capacity to self-regulate and cope with stressors, and how maladaptive coping strategies emanating from emotion dysregulation increase vulnerability among survivors. I am particularly interested in how sexual violence and emotion dysregulation intersect and result in trauma such as PTSD, substance use disorders, risky sexual behavior, and complex clinical presentations. Recent studies have examined intimate partner violence revictimization, the potential cumulative impact of revictimization on emotion dysregulation and psychopathology, and the role of shame in complex trauma presentations. Related, my applied research interests involve examining the utility of the principles of mindfulness, as well as meditation and yoga, in the alleviation of traumatic sequelae as well as to improve general mental health. Projects in development include examination of emotion regulation and related constructs such as mindfulness, self-compassion, and executive functioning in relation to compulsive shopping and hoarding behavior among trauma survivors. My clinical work focuses on adult survivors of childhood abuse and trauma, and is grounded in a cognitive-behavioral perspective.

Professional Recognition:

  • Consulting Editor, Psychology of Women Quarterly
  • Co-Investigator, Sexual Revictimization: Emotion and Psychosocial Mechanisms, Grant from National Institute of Health, 2010-2015, $640,449 (subaward)
  • Principal Investigator, The Impact of Emotion Dysregulation and Negative Mood on College Women’s Alcohol Use and Drinking Motives, Grant from ABMRF/The Foundation for Alcohol Research, 2008-2010, $96,000
  • Journal Editorial Boards
  • Consulting Editor, Psychology of Women Quartely 

Representative Publications:

*Denotes current or past graduate student contributor; **denotes undergraduate student contributor. 

Messman-Moore, T. L. & Bhuptani, P.* (in press). A review of the long-term impact of child maltreatment in adulthood: A focus on posttraumatic stress disorder and emotion dysregulation. Clinical Psychology: Science and Practice. 

Zerubavel, N.,* Messman-Moore, T. L., DiLillo, D., & Gratz, K. L. (online first). Childhood sexual abuse and fear of abandonment moderate the severity of dissociation in intimate partner violence. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. doi: 10.1080/15299732.2017.1289491

Cook, N. K.* & Messman-Moore, T. L. (accepted manuscript). “I said No”: The impact of voicing non-consent on women’s perceptions of and responses to rape. Violence Against Women.

Jaffe, A. E., Steel, A. L., DiLillo, D., Hoffman, L., Gratz, K. L., & Messman-Moore, T. L. (accepted manuscript). Victim alcohol intoxication during a sexual assault: Relations with subsequent PTSD symptoms. Violence & Victims. 

Espeleta, H. C.,** Palasciano-Barton, S. N.,* & Messman-Moore, T. L. (online first). The impact of child abuse severity on adult attachment anxiety and avoidance in college women: The role of emotion dysregulation. Journal of Family Violence. doi: 10.1007/s10896-016-9816-0 

Mokma, T. R.,** Eshelman, L. R.,* & Messman-Moore, T. L. (2016). Contributions of self-blame, post-traumatic stress symptoms, and alcohol use to women’s risk for forcible and substance-related sexual revictimization. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 25(4), 428-448. doi: 10.1080/10538712.2016.1161688

Schoenleber, M., Berghoff, C. R., Tull, M. T., DiLillo, D. Messman-Moore, T. L., & Gratz, K. L. (2016). Emotional lability and affective synchrony in borderline personality disorder. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, & Treatment, 7(3), 211-220. doi: 10.1037/PER0000145 

Bjureberg, J., Ljotsson, B., Tull, M. T., Hedman, E., Sahlin, H., Lundh, L.G., Bjarehed, J., DiLillo, D., Messman-Moore, T., Gumpert, C. H., & Gratz, K. L. (2016). Development and validation of a brief version of the difficulties in emotion regulation scale: The DERS-16. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 38(2), 284-296. 

Watkins, L.E., Franz, M. R., DiLillo, D., Gratz, K.L., & Messman-Moore, T.L. (2015). Does drinking to cope explain links to emotion-driven impulse control difficulties and hazardous drinking? A longitudinal test. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 29(4), 875-884. doi: 10/1037/adb0000127

Eshelman, L.R.,* Messman-Moore, T. L. & Sheffer, N.** (2015). The importance of substance-related rape: Impact of victimization and substance use on risk perception in female college students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(15), 2616-2635. doi: 10.1177/0886260514553630

Zerubavel, N.* & Messman-Moore, T. L. (2015). Staying present: Incorporating mindfulness into therapy for dissociation. Mindfulness, 6(2), 303-314. doi: 10.1007/s12671-013-0261-3

Messman-Moore, T. L., Ward, R. M., Zerubavel, N.,* Chandley, R. B.,* & Barton, S. N.* (2015). Emotion dysregulation and drinking to cope as predictors and consequences of alcohol-involved sexual assault: Examination of short-term and long-term risk. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30, 601-621. doi:10.1177/0886260514535259

Tull, M.T., Bardeen, J.R., DiLillo, D., Messman-Moore, T., & Gratz, K.L. (2015). A prospective investigation of emotion dysregulation as a moderator of the relation between posttraumatic stress symptoms and substance use severity. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 29, 52-60. 

Messman-Moore, T. L. & Ward, R. M. (2014). Drinking to cope and emotion dysregulation in college women. American Journal of Health Behavior, 38(4), 553-559.

Coates, A. A.,* & Messman-Moore, T. L. (2014). A structural model of mechanisms predicting depressive symptoms in women following childhood psychological maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38, 103-113. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.10.00538

Chandley, R. B., Luebbe, A. M., Messman-Moore, T. L., & Ward, R. M. (2014). Anxiety sensitivity, coping motives, emotion dysregulation, and alcohol-related outcomes in college women: A moderated-mediation model. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 83-92. 

Zerubavel, N.,* & Messman-Moore, T. L. (2013). Sexual victimization, fear of sexual powerlessness, and cognitive emotion dysregulation as barriers to sexual assertiveness in college women. Violence Against Women, 19, 1518-1537. doi: 10.1177/107780121357566 (*Paper nominated for best VAW article in 2013)

Messman-Moore, T. L., Ward, R. M., & Zerubavel, N.* (2013). The role of substance use and emotion dysregulation in predicting risk for incapacitated sexual revictimization in women: Results of a prospective investigation. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 27(1), 125-132. doi:10.1037/a0031073



Project Title: Sexual Trauma & PTSD in Bisexual Women: A Test of Minority Stress Theory
Agency: Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality
Role: Co-Principal Investigator; Co-PI: Amy McConnell, M. A., Miami University
Award: $1,000 

Project Title: Yoga and Meditation for Self Realization, Emotional and Mental Strength
Agency: Interact for Health Foundation
Role: Co-Principal Investigator; Co-PI: Anne Minter, M.S., Miami University-Hamilton
Award: $13,282 / 2015-2016 

Project Title: Sexual Revictimization: Emotion and Psychosocial Mechanisms 
Agency: National Institute of Child Health & Human Development 1R01HD062226-01A2 
Role: Co-Investigator, Site PI (25% effort); PI: David DiLillo, University of Nebraska 
Award: $3,135,821 

Project Title: The Impact of Emotion Dysregulation and Negative Mood on College Women’s Alcohol Use and Drinking Motives 
Agency: Alcohol Beverage Medical Research Foundation/The Alcohol Foundation 
Role: Principal Investigator 
Award: $96,000 

Course Taught: 

Graduate courses: Ethics, Evidence-Based Intervention, Cognitive-Behavioral Psychotherapy, Advanced Clinical Practicum, Trauma-Focused Psychotherapy, Interviewing and Diagnosis, Structured Clinical Interviews, Substance Use Disorders

Undergraduate courses: Abnormal Psychology, Psychopathology, Capstone: Gender & Trauma, Capstone: Mindfulness in Clinical Psychology

Research Lab Information:

Trauma and Emotion Regulation Laboratory, Room 347, Psychology Building

Contact Dr. Messman-Moore for information on research assistant positions.