Laura C. Spiller, Ph. D.
Assistant Professor
Department of Psychology

My Vita 


Dr. Spiller earned her B.A. in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin in 1993 and her Ph. D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Houston in 2000.  She was in private practice in Graham, Texas from 2002 - 2006.  She joined the faculty at MSU in 2005 and teaches a variety of undergraduate and graduate courses. Her research interests include the relationship aggression, particularly sexual coercion in college dating relationships. 

The sexual aggression research lab is currently conducting several studies on sexual coercion in college dating relationships. We have gathered a large dataset assessing a variety of risk factors for the sexual aggression perpetration and victimization. Another study investigates whether experiencing a virtual reality role play in which a male avatar uses increasingly coercive sexual advances can increase the participantís ability to take the perspective of a sexual coercion victim and increase the salience of the prevention program as a whole. Another line of research investigates both menís and womenís use of a wide range of sexual initiation and influence tactics used to get a reluctant partner to agree to a greater degree of intimate, sexual activity.  This research examines not only how commonly these tactics are use but also how they perceived in terms of acceptability and potential harm.  One of the products of this research has been the development of a measure of sexual initiation tactics. Future research in this area will use a combination of quantitative and qualitative methods to better understand the social-cognitive context in which these interactions occur. 

PSYC 2203: Human Behavior
PSYC 4503: Tests & Eval

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Dr. Spiller's Weekly Schedule Fall 2012  
TIME Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:00-8:30 Office Hours        
8:30-9:00 (8-10) Office Hours Clinic Office Hours Clinic
9:00-9:30   (8:30-9:30)   (8:30-9:30)  
9:30-10:00   4503 Tests & Eval   4503 Tests & Eval  
10:00-10:30 2203 Human Beh (9:30 - 11) 2203 Human Beh (9:30 - 11) 2203 Human Beh
10:30-11:00 (10 - 11)   (10 - 11)   (10 - 11)
11:00-11:30 Supervision Supervision Office Hours Office Hours  
11:30-12:00     (11-12) (11-12)  
12:30-1:00 Group Supervision  (SARL) Meeting
1:00-1:30   (12:30-2)   Group Supervision  
1:30-2:00       (1:15-2) Supervision
2:00-2:30 Supervision Office Hours Supervision Office Hours  
2:30-3:00   (2-4)   (2-4)  
3:00-3:30 5843 Multicultural   5843 Multicultural    
3:30-4:00 (3-4:30)   (3-4:30)    
4:30-5:00 ACT supervision        
5:00-5:30 group        

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