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Sarah W Whitton

Title: Associate Professor
Office: 4150G EDWARDS 1 Edwards Center
Tel: 513-556-9116
Email: sarah.whitton@uc.edu
Web: http://homepages.uc.edu/~whittosh/TCF/Home.html

Sarah Whitton’s research is focused on links between family and marital relationships and mental health. She conducts basic research exploring how interpersonal relations affect mental health, as well as applied research testing relationship education programs for groups who face challenges in sustaining healthy and stable relationships.

Education

  • Ph. D. , University of Denver, Denver, CO, 2004 (Psychology).

Research Information

Research Interests

Understanding and supporting healthy couples and families. 

Research Support

  • (co-PI), Whitton, Sarah W. and McLeish, Alison., Augmenting Smoking Cessation Treatment with Relationship Education, NIH/NIDA. (1R34DA035956-01 ), $450,000. 04/01/2013 to 03/31/2016. Status: Denied.
  • (PI), Whitton, Sarah W., Strengthening Lesbian Relationships: A Pilot Study of Relationship Education for Female Same-Sex Couples, The Lesbian Health Fund. $7,641.00. 03/01/2013 to 10/31/2014. Status: Active.
  • (Faculty Mentor), Kurlyuk, Amanda, Does Legal Recognition Matter?: An Examination of the Association between Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Relationships and Child Well-being. , UC University Research Council. $3000.00. 06-2012 to 08-2012. Status: Completed.
  • (Faculty Mentor), Bruner, Michael, ADHD and Relationship Functioning, UC University Research Council. $3000.00. 06-2011 to 08-2011. Status: Completed.
  • (Collaborator), Holden, John; Holloway, Stacie; Howe, Steven; Jacquez, Farrah; Kallen, Rachel; Kloos, Adelheid; Mcleish, Alison; Richardson, Michael; Riley, Michael; Shear, Paula; Whitton, Sarah, REU Site: Research Experiences for Undergraduates in Complex Psychological Systems, National Science Foundation. (SMA-1263142), $255,714.00. 02/15/2013 to 01/31/2016. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Whitton, Sarah, Strengthening Lesbian Relationships: A Pilot Study of Relationship Education for Female Same-Sex Couples, Gay Lesbian Medical Foundation. (1187), $7,641.00. 03/31/2013 to 02/28/2014. Status: Completed.
  • (Faculty Mentor), Weitbrecht, E., The Effects of Casual Sexual Encounters on the Health of Emerging Adult College Students, University of Cincinnati University Research Council . $3000. 06-2013 to 08-2013. Status: Completed.
  • (Principal Investigator), Whitton, S. and McLeish, A., Augmenting Smoking Cessation Treatment with Relationship Education, American Heart Association. $130,000. 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2015. Status: Denied.
  • (co-PI), Byck, Gayle & Whitton, Sarah, Intimate Partner Violence in Sexual Minority Female Adolescents and Young Adults. , National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD). . $156,486 . 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2016. Status: Denied.
  • (Co-Investigator), Byck,Gayle; Whitton, Sarah, Mustanski, Brian, Intimate Partner Violence among Adolescent and Young Adult Female Same-Sex Couples, National Institute of Justice (NIJ) . $62,260. 01/01/2014 to 12/31/2016. Status: Denied.
  • (Learning Community Facilitator), ADVANCE: Leadership, Empowerment, and Advancement for STEM Women Faculty (LEAF) at UC. , National Science Foundation . $3,749,336. 2013 to 2017.
  • (Co-Investigator), Newcomb, Michael (PI), Strengthening Same-Sex Couples through Relationship Education. , Sexualities Project at Northwestern University. $40,000. 09/01/2014 to 08/30/2015. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Whitton, Sarah (PI), Intimate Partner Violence in Sexual Minority Female Adolescents and Young Adults, National Institute of Child and Human Development (NICHD). . (1 R01 HD080887-01A1), $2,100,000. Status: Denied.
  • (PI), Whitton, Sarah (PI) & Sperber, Kimberly (Talbert House), Evaluation of a Fatherhood and Co-parenting Program for Low-Income Non-residential Fathers. , The Fatherhood Research and Practice Network . $113,980.06 . Status: Denied.
  • (Co-Investigator), Newcomb, Michael (PI), Efficacy of Couples-Based HIV Prevention in Vulnerable Young Men. , National Institute of Health (NIH), National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA). . $3,268,445. Status: Denied.
  • (PI), Whitton, Sarah; Mcleish, Alison, Augmenting Smoking Cessation Treatment with Relationship Education, American Heart Association - Great Rivers Affiliate. (15GRNT25740030), $153,979.00. 07/01/2015 to 06/30/2017. Status: Active.
  • (PI), Whitton, Sarah W., Intimate Partner Violence in Sexual Minority Female Adolescents and Young Adults, National Institute of Child and Human Development. (1 R01 HD086170-01A1), 3,225,869. 04/01/2016 to 03/31/2031. Status: Pending.
  • (Co-I), ICF International, Same-sex relationships: Updates to healthy marriage and Relationship Education programming (SUHMRE), DHHS: Administration of Children and Families. 05/01/2015 to 08/31/2018. Status: Denied.
  • (External Evaluator), Beech Acres Parenting Center, Healthy Marriage and Relationship Education , DHHS: Administration of Children and Families. 01/01/2016 to 12/31/2020. Status: Denied.
  • (PI), Welge, Jeffrey; Whitton, Sarah, Intimate Partner Violence in Sexual Minority Female Adolescents and Young Adults, National Institute of Child Health and Human Development. (R01HD086170), $584,191.00. 04/01/2016 to 03/31/2021. Status: Awarded.
  • (PI), Whitton, Sarah, Subaward: Fatherhood Research and Practice Network Program, Administration for Children and Families. (2016 - 2018 FRNP), $18,597.00. 07/01/2016 to 06/30/2018. Status: Awarded.
  • (PI), Whitton, Sarah, Efficacy of Couples-Based HIV Prevention in Vulnerable Young Men, National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism. (60045198 UCIN / R01AA024065), $36,779.00. 09/20/2016 to 08/31/2017. Status: Awarded.

Publications

Peer Reviewed Publications

  • Whitton, Sarah W, Rhoades, Galena K, Stanley, Scott M, & Markman, Howard J (2008). Effects of parental divorce on marital commitment and confidence. Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 22(5), 789-93.
  • Whitton, Sarah W, Larson, Justine J, & Hauser, Stuart T (2008). Depressive symptoms and bias in perceived social competence among young adults. Journal of clinical psychology, 64(7), 791-805.
  • Whitton, Sarah W, Waldinger, Robert J, Schulz, Marc S, Allen, Joseph P, Crowell, Judith A, & Hauser, Stuart T (2008). Prospective associations from family-of-origin interactions to adult marital interactions and relationship adjustment. Journal of family psychology : JFP : journal of the Division of Family Psychology of the American Psychological Association (Division 43), 22(2), 274-86.
  • Larson, Justine J, Whitton, Sarah W, Hauser, Stuart T, & Allen, Joseph P (2007). Being close and being social: peer ratings of distinct aspects of young adult social competence. Journal of personality assessment, 89(2), 136-48.
  • Whitton, Sarah W, Olmos-Gallo, P Antonio, Stanley, Scott M, Prado, Lydia M, Kline, Galena H, St Peters, Michelle, & Markman, Howard J (2007). Depressive symptoms in early marriage: predictions from relationship confidence and negative marital interaction. Journal of family psychology, 21(2), 297-306.
  • Stanley, Scott M, Whitton, Sarah W, Sadberry, Sabina Low, Clements, Mari L, & Markman, Howard J (2006). Sacrifice as a predictor of marital outcomes. Family process, 45(3), 289-303.
  • Szigethy, Eva, Whitton, Sarah W, Levy-Warren, Anna, DeMaso, David Ray, Weisz, John, & Beardslee, William R (2004). Cognitive-behavioral therapy for depression in adolescents with inflammatory bowel disease: a pilot study. Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, 43(12), 1469-77.
  • Kline, Galena H, Stanley, Scott M, Markman, Howard J, Olmos-Gallo, P Antonio, St Peters, Michelle, Whitton, Sarah W, & Prado, Lydia M (2004). Timing is everything: Pre-engagement cohabitation and increased risk for poor marital outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology, 18(2), 311-8.
  • Stanley, Scott M, Markman, Howard J, & Whitton, Sarah W (2002). Communication, conflict, and commitment: insights on the foundations of relationship success from a national survey. Family process, 41(4), 659-75.
  • Drigotas, S M, Rusbult, C E, Wieselquist, J, & Whitton, S W (1999). Close partner as sculptor of the ideal self: behavioral affirmation and the Michelangelo phenomenon. Journal of personality and social psychology, 77(2), 293-323.
  • Pincus, D., Ehrenreich, J., Whitton, S. W., Barlow, D.H., & Mattis, S. (2010). Cognitive-behavioral treatment of panic disorder in adolescence. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 638-649.
  • Markman, H. J., Rhoades, G. K., Stanley, S. M., Regan, E., & Whitton, S. W. (2010). The premarital communication roots of marital distress and divorce: The first five years of marriage. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 289-298.
  • Stanley, S. M., Rhoades, G. K., & Whitton, S. W. (2010). Commitment and the Securing of Romantic Attachment. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 2, 243-257.
  • Whitton, S. W. & Whisman, M. (2010). Relationship satisfaction instability and depression. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 791-794.
  • Whitton, S. W.,Stanley, S. M., Markman, H. J. & Johnson, C. (2013). Attitudes toward divorce, commitment, and divorce proneness in first marriages and remarriages. Journal of Marriage and Family, 75, 276-287.
  • Chase, R. M., Whitton, S. W., & Pincus, D.B. (2012). Treatment of adolescent panic disorder: A non-randomized comparison of intensive versus weekly CBT. Child and Family Behavior Therapy, 34, 305-323.
  • Gallo, K., Buzzella, B. A., Chan, P., Whitton, S.W., & Pincus, D.B. (2012). The impact of an eight-day intensive treatment for adolescent panic disorder and agoraphobia on comorbid diagnoses. Behavior Therapy, 43, 153-159.
  • Whitton, S. W., Stanley, S. M., Markman, H. J., & Baucom, B. R. (2008). Women’s weekly relationship functioning and depressive symptoms. Personal Relationships, 15, 533-550.
  • Nicholson, J. M., Phillips, M., Whitton, S. W., Halford, W. K., & Sanders, M. R.  (2007). Promoting healthy stepfamilies: Reasons for seeking help and perceived benefits from intervention. Family Matters, 77.
  • Whitton, S.W.,Stanley, S. M., & Markman, H. J. (2007). If I help my partner, will it hurt me? Perceptions of sacrifice in romantic relationships. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 26, 64-92.
  • Whitton, S. W., Luiselli, J. K., & Donaldson, D. L. (2006).  Cognitive-behavioral treatment of generalized anxiety disorder and vomiting phobia in an elementary-age child. Clinical Case Studies, 5, 477-487.
  • Stanley, S.M., Whitton, S.W., & Markman, H.J. (2004). Maybe I do: Interpersonal commitment and premarital or non-marital cohabitation. Journal of Family Issues, 25 (4), 496-519.
  • Markman, H. J., Whitton, S. W., Kline, G. H., Thompson, H., St. Peters, M., Stanley, S. M., Leber, B. D., Olmos-Gallo, P. A., Prado, L., Williams, T., Gilbert, K., Tonelli, L., Bobulinski, M., & Cordova, A. (2004). Use of an empirically-based marriage education program by religious organizations: Results of a dissemination trial. Family Relations, 53, 504-512.
  • Stanley, S.M., Markman, H.J., Prado, L.M., Olmos-Gallo, P.A., Tonelli, L., St. Peters, M.,  Leber, B.D., Bobulinski, M., Cordova,  A.,  &  Whitton, S.  (2001). Community Based Premarital Prevention:  Clergy and Lay Leaders on the Front Lines. Family Relations, 50, 67-76.
  • Whitton, S. W.,& Kuryluk, A. (2013). Intrapersonal moderators of the association between relationship satisfaction and depressive symptoms: Findings from emerging adults. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 30, 751-771. doi:10.1177/0265407512467749
  • Buzzella, B. A. Whitton, S.W. , & Tompson, M. (2012). The initial evaluation of a relationship education program for male same-sex couples. Couple and Family Psychology,14, 306-322.
  • McHugh, R.K., Whitton, S.W.,Peckham, A.D., Welge, J.A., & Otto, M.W. (2013). Patient preference for psychological vs. pharmacological treatment of psychiatric disorders: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Clinical Psychiatry, 74, 595-602.
  • Weiner, C. L., Perloe, A., Whitton, S.W., & Pincus, D.B. (2012). Attentional bias in adolescents with Panic Disorder: Changes over an 8-day intensive treatment program. Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy, 40, 193-204.
  • Whitton, S.W. & Buzzella, B. A. (2012). Using relationship education programs with same-sex couples: A preliminary evaluation of program utility and needed modifications. Marriage and Family Review, 48, 667-688.
  • Whitton, S. W., & Kuryluk, A. (2012). Relationship satisfaction and depressive symptoms in emerging adults: Cross-sectional associations and moderating effects of relationship characteristics. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 226-235.
  • Trosper, S.,Whitton, S.W., Brown, T. B., & Pincus, D.B. (2012). Understanding the latent structure of the emotional disorders in children and adolescents. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 40, 621-632. 
  • Whitton, S. W., Weitbrecht, E. M., Kuryluk, A.D., & Bruner, M. R. (2013). Committed dating relationships and mental health among emerging adults, Journal of American College Health, 61, 176-183.
  • Mustanski, B., Greene, G. J., Ryan, D. T., & Whitton, S. W. (2015). Feasibility, acceptability, and initial efficacy of an online sexual health promotion program for LGBT youth: The Queer Sex Ed intervention. Journal of Sex Research, 52, 219-229.
  • Whitton, S. W., Weitbrecht, E. M., & Kuryluk, A.D. (2015). Monogamy agreements in male same-sex couples: Associations with relationship quality and individual well-being. Journal of Couple and Relationship Therapy, 14, 39-63.
  • *Bruner, M. R., Kuryluk, A. D., & Whitton, S. W. (2015). ADHD symptom levels and romantic relationship quality in emerging adults. Journal of American College Health, 63, 98-108. DOI: 10.1080/07448481.2014.975717
  • Whitton, S. W., & Kuryluk, A.D. (2014). Associations between relationship quality and depressive symptoms in same-sex couples. Journal of Family Psychology, 28, 571-576.
  • Haas, S. M., & Whitton, S.W. (2015). The significance of living together and importance of marriage in same-sex couples.  Journal of Homosexuality, 62.1241-1263. DOI:10.1080/00918369.2015.1037137
  • *Khouddouma, A. M., Norona, J.C., & Whitton, S. W. (2015). Individual, couple, and contextual factors associated with same-sex relationship instability. Couple and Family Psychology, 2, 106-125.
  • Whitton, S. W., Khouddouma, A. M., & Kuryluk, A.D. (2015). Legal and social ceremonies to formalize same-sex relationships: Associations with commitment, social support, and relationship outcomes. Couple and Family Psychology, 4, 161-176.

Book Chapter

  • Whitton, S. W. (2010). Depression in the Family. In M. Craft-Rosenberg & S. Pehler (Eds.)The Encyclopedia of Family Health (pp. 304-305). Sage Publications, Thousand Oaks, CA.
  • Whitton, S. W., Nicholson, J. M., & Markman, H. J. (2008). Research on interventions for stepfamily couples: The state of the field. InPryor, J. (Ed.) The International Handbook of Stepfamilies: Policy and Practice in Legal, Research, and Clinical Spheres (pp. 455-484). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Nicholson, J. M., Sanders, M. R., Halford, W. K., Phillips, M., & Whitton, S. W. (2008). The prevention and treatment of children’s adjustment problems in stepfamilies. In Pryor, J. (Ed.) The International Handbook of Stepfamilies: Policy and Practice in Legal, Research, and Clinical Spheres (pp.485-521). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley & Sons, Inc.
  • Whitton, S.W. (2015). Relationship education with same-sex couples. In Ponzetti, J. J. (Ed.), Evidence-based approaches to relationship and marriage education (pp.273-288). Routledge Publishers, New York, NY.

Presentations & Lectures

Invited Presentations

  • Whitton, S.W. (02/07/2011). Couples, Families, and Children: Today and Tomorrow. Beech Acres Annual Planning Meeting, Cincinnati, OH.
  • Whitton, Sarah W. (11-2015). Culturally Sensitive Relationship Education with Same-sex Couples Mathematica Policy Research.

Paper Presentations

  • Whitton, S.W. & Whisman, M.A. (11-2010). Temporal Instability in Marital Satisfaction: Links with Depressive Symptoms.. The Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco.
  • Pincus, D.B., Whitton, S.W., Angelosante, A.G., Buzzella, B. Cheron, D., Weiner, C.L., Gallo, K., & Chow, C. (05-2010). Intensive Treatment of Adolescents with Panic Disorder and Agoraphobia. the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Boston, MA.
  • Whitton, S.W. (04-2011). Promoting Child Welfare in Stepfamilies through Relationship Education: Where We Are Now and Where We Need to Go. Convention of the Society for Research in Child Development, Montreal, Canada.
  • Whitton, S.W. (11-2013). Relationship Education with Same-Sex Couples. . Annual Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Whitton, S.W., Haas, S.M., Kuryluk, A.D., & Weitbrecht, E. M. (11-2013). Cohabitation: What Does it Mean for Young Same-Sex Couples and How Does it Relate to Couple and Individual Wellbeing?. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.
  • Haas, S. M., & Whitton, S.W. (11-2013). The Significance of Living Together and Importance of Marriage in Same-Sex Couples. National Communication Association 99th Annual Convention, Washington DC.
  • Whitton, S.W., Buzzella, B. A., Kuryluk, A.D., & Weitbrecht, E. M. (11-2012). ). Relationship Education with Male Same-Sex Couples: Evidence of Efficacy and Factors Affecting Program Acceptability. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Great Harbor, MD.
  • Whitton, S.W., Buzzella, B. A., Kuryluk, A.D., & Weitbrecht, E. M. (11-2012). ). Relationship Education with Male Same-Sex Couples: Evidence of Efficacy and Factors Affecting Program Acceptability. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Great Harbor, MD.
  • Pincus, D.B., Gallo, K.P., Hardway, C.L., Angelosante, A., & Whitton, S.W. (11-2012). Intensive 8-Day Treatment of Adolescent Panic and Agoraphobia: Results of a Randomized Controlled Trial Investigating Relative Benefits of Family Involvemen. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Great Harbor, MD.
  • Whitton, S. W., Rhoades, G.K., & Whisman, M. A. (11-2014). Effects of Fluctuation in Relationship Quality Over Time on Individual Well-being. Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Whitton, S. W. (11-2014). Evidence-Based Interventions to Support Healthy Same-Sex Romantic and Sexual Relationships: Chaired Symposium . Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Whitton, S. W., Greene, G. J. Ryan, T.D., & Mustanski, B. (11-2014). The Feasibility, Acceptability, and Initial Efficacy of The Queer Sex Ed Intervention, an Online Sexual Health Promotion Program for LGBT Youth.. Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Scott, S. B., Rhoades, G. K., Hutsell, D. H., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2014). Associations Between Relationship Quality and Depressive Symptoms in Same-Sex Couples. Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Buzzella, B. A., Weitbrecht, E. M., & Whitton, S.W. (11-2014). Supporting Same-Sex Relationships: Relationship Education for Male Same-Sex Couples. Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Whitton, S.W., Scott, S. B., Weitbrecht, E. M., Hutsell, D. &Amanda Kuryluk, A. D. (11-2015). Efficacy of a relationship education program for female same-sex couples: Data from a pilot Randomized Controlled Trial. . The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Newcomb, M. E., Macapagal, K., Whitton, S. W., & Mustanski, B. (11-2015). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of a healthy relationship and HIV prevention program for YMSM couples: The 2GETHER intervention.. The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Weitbrecht, E. M. & Whitton, S.W. (10-2015). Investigating the casual sexual encounters of emerging adults: Motivations, expectations, and desired and actual outcomes of “hook ups.” . The Society of Behavioral Medicine, Miami, FL.
  • Buzzella, B. A., Scott, S. B., & Whitton, S.W. (11-2015). Towards the Provision of Culturally Competent Couple Therapy: Clinical considerations when working with same-sex couples. . The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Hutsell, D. W., & Whitton, S. W. (10-2015). Investigating the relationship and individual determinants of bisexual women’s commitment and stability in same-sex relationships. . LGBTQ in the Academy conference, Johnson City, TN.

Poster Presentations

  • Buzzella, B. A. & Whitton, S. W. (11-2010). The Evaluation of a Marital Enhancement Program for Same-Sex Couples Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco.
  • Cheron, D. M., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2010). Distress tolerance and control in parenting anxious youth: Preliminary findings Annual Convention of the Association for Behavior and Cognitive Therapies, San Francisco.
  • Bruner, M. R., Cominsky, C. L., Kuryluk, A. , & Whitton, S. W. (11-2010). Depressive symptoms and romantic involvement in emerging adults Annual Convention of the Ohio Psychological Association, Colombus, OH.
  • Buzzella, B. A. & Whitton, S. W. (06-2010). The Evaluation of a Marital Enhancement Program for Same-Sex Couples the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Chow, C., Gallo, K.P., Whitton, S.W., & Pincus, D.B. (06-2010). Effects of medical illness on psychiatric severity and treatment duration in children with anxiety disorders the World Congress of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Kuryluk, A. D., Bruner, M. R., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2011). Relationship Quality and Depressive Symptoms in Emerging Adults. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Toronto, ON.
  • Bruner, M. R., Kuryluk, A. D., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2011). Gender Differences in Associations between Romantic Involvement and Depressive Symptoms in Emerging Adults Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Toronto, ON.
  • Bruner, M. R., Kuryluk, A. D., & Whitton, S. W. (06-2011). Depressive symptoms and romantic involvement in emerging adults Undergraduate Research Day, University of Cincinnati.
  • Weitbrecht, E. M., Kuryluk, A. D., & Whitton, S.W. (11/15/2012). ). Romantic relationship status and alcohol use among emerging adult college students. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Great Harbor, MD.
  • Kuryluk, A. D., Weitbrecht, E. M., Dynes, C., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2012). Does Legal Recognition of Same-Sex Couples Promote the Well-Being of Their Children? Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Great Harbor, MD..
  • Whitton, S.W., Weitbrecht, E. M., & Kuryluk, A. D., (10-2012). Are the nonmarital relationships of emerging adults associated with mental health? Society for Research in Child Development , Tampa, FL.
  • Weitbrecht, E.M., Kuryluk, A.D., Hutsell, D. & Whitton, S.W. (11-2013). Do Varying Levels of Monogamy Predict Differences in Relationship and Mental Health Outcomes among Men in Same-sex Relationships? Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.
  • Jeffries, E. R., Weitbrecht, M. E., Buzzella, B. A., & Whitton, S.,W. (11-2013). Relationship Outcomes and Communication Patterns among Same-sex Male Couples. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.
  • Hutsell, D. W., Weitbrecht, E. M., Kuryluk, A., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2013). Differences in relationship quality and individual well-being among lesbians and bisexuals in same-sex relationships Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.
  • Kuryluk, A.D., Hutsell, D. W., Weitbrecht, E.M., & Whitton, S.W. (11-2013). Effects of a legal or non-legal commitment ceremony on relationship satisfaction and emotional well-being Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.
  • Khaddouma, A., Norona, J., Kuryluk, A., Whitton, S. (11-2013). Correlates of Relationship Instability in Same-Sex Relationships Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.
  • Cooper-Vince, C.E., Kerns, C. C., Cheron, D. M., Whitton, S.W., Pincus, D.B., & Comer, J. (11-2013). The psychometric properties of the Parental Behavioral Control Scale in a sample of anxious youth. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.
  • Hutsell, D. W., Weitbrecht, E. M., Kuryluk, A., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2013). Differences in relationship quality and individual well-being among lesbians and bisexuals in same-sex relationships Annual Chicago LGBTQ Health & Wellness Conference, Chicago, IL.
  • Kuryluk, A. D., & Whitton, S. W. (04-2013). Path to Parenthood, Child Well-being, and the Parent-Child Relationship Convention of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
  • Kuryluk, A. D., & Whitton, S. W. (04-2013). Parent Relationship Characteristics Associated with Child Outcomes among LGBT Families Convention of the Society for Research in Child Development, Seattle, WA.
  • Weitbrecht, E.M., Whitton, S.W., & Rhodes, G.K. (11-2014). Relationship Adjustment and Depressive Symptoms: Investigating Within-Person Associations and Moderating Effects in the Nonmarital Relationships of Young Adults The annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Kuryluk, A. D., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2014). Associations Between Relationship Quality and Depressive Symptoms in Same-Sex Couples annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Hutsell, D. W., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2014). Heterosexual Women With Same-Sex Behaviors: Does Identity Discordance Impact Romantic Relationships? The annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Roach, A., Hutsell, D., Whitton, S. (11-2014). Same-sex couples and racial/ethnic differences: Assessing relationship instability and its correlates. The annual convention of the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies (ABCT), Philadelphia, PA.
  • Whitton, S.W. (09-2014). Strengthening lesbian relationships: A pilot study of Relationship education for female same-sex couples Annual meeting of the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association, Baltimore, MD.
  • Weitbrecht, E.M., & Whitton, S.W. (04-2014). Does the Link Between Sexual Activity and Mental Health Differ by Relationship Status Among Late Adolescent College Students? The Society for Research on Adolescence Convention, Austin, TX.
  • Hutsell., D. W., & Whitton, S. W. (11-2015). Differences Between Bisexual and Lesbian Women’s Reasons for Cohabitation: Implications for Couple and Individual Well-Being. The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • Weitbrecht, E. M., James-Kangal, N., Whitton, S.W. (11-2015). Do emerging adults’ relationship and marital expectations differ by socio-demographic factors? The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • James-Kangal, N., Weitbrecht, E. M., & Whitton, S.W. (11-2015). Emerging adults’ sexual behaviors and future relationship expectations. The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies’ Annual Convention, Chicago, IL.
  • James-Kangal, N., Weitbrecht, E. M. & Whitton, S.W. ( (10-2015). Emerging adults’ attitudes toward committed relationships. The biannual convention of the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood, Miami, FL.
  • Mingione, C. J., Whitton, S., Blom, T. J., & McElroy, S. L. (2015). Factor structure of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale Modified for Binge Eating. The Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.
  • Mingione, C. J., Whitton, S., Blom, T. J., & McElroy, S. L. (2015). Factor structure of the Yale-Brown Obsessive Compulsive Scale Modified for Binge Eating. The Society of Behavioral Medicine, San Antonio, TX.

Colloquia

  • Whitton, S.W. (11-2011). Beyond Satisfaction: An examination of the associations between depression, stress and new domains of relationship health. Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Toronto, ON.
  • Whitton, S. W. (11/03/2014). Culturally Sensitive Relationship Education with Same-sex Couples. Colloquium Series, The Ohio State University, Department of Human Development and Family Science.
  • Whitton, S.W. (11-2013). The Romantic and Sexual Behaviors of Young Adults: Implications for Mental and Physical Health . Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies Annual Convention, Nashville, TN.
  • Whitton, S. W. (04/11/2014). Culturally Sensitive Relationship Education with Same-sex Couples. Colloquium Series, Purdue University, Department of Psychology.

Lectures

  • (01/25/2010). CBT with a school-age child with GAD and Vomit Phobia. Clinical Case Conference, Psychology Department.
  • (10-2011). Cognitive Behavioral Treatment of Generalized Anxiety and Vomit Phobia in a 7-year old Girl.. Clinical Case Conference, Psychology Department, University of Cincinnati.

Experience & Service

Work Experience

  • 09/01/2007 to 12/31/2009, Research Assistant Professor, Boston University, Boston, MA.
  • 01/01/2011 to Present, Associate Editor, Journal of Family Psychology.
  • 01/01/2010 to Present, Assistant Professor, University of Cincinnati.

Post Graduate training and Education

  • 09/01/2004 to 08/31/2006, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School/ Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston MA.
  • 09/01/2006 to 08/31/2007, Postdoctoral Fellow, Harvard Medical School/Judge Baker Children's Center, Boston, MA.

Service

  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Family Psychology 01-2009 to 12-2010
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Marriage and Family 2010 to Present
  • Editorial Board Member, Psychotherapy 01-2010 to 12-2013
  • Committee Member, Admissions Committee, 01-2010 to 03-2012
  • Committee Member, Committee to revise student practicum evaluation forms, 2010 to 2010
  • Department Head Review , 05-2010 to 05-2012
  • Discussant, Lakota East High School 04/21/2010 to 04/21/2010
  • Associate Editor, Journal of Family Psychology 01-2011 to 06-2015
  • Committee Member, WGGS Department Search Committee for Human Sexuality Educator,
  • Faculty Sponsor, EMERGE Summer Fellowship 2010 to 2012
  • Prospective Student Visits Faculty Presenter,
  • Summer Orientation to Parents Faculty Presenter,
  • Freshman Book Group Discussions Faculty Leader,
  • Reviewer, Family Relations, Family Process, Journal of Family Issues, Psychological Science, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 01-2010 to Present
  • Director, Behavioral Health Center, Dept. of Psychology, 01-2010 to Present
  • Committee Member, Honors and Awards Committee, 2012 to Present
  • Committee Chair, Admissions: Interview Day,
  • Research Mentor, Research Experiences for Undergraduates Program 2013 to Present
  • Learning Community Facilitator, ADVANCE: Leadership, Empowerment, and Advancement for STEM Women Faculty (LEAF) at UC.
  • Editorial Board Member, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships 12/01/2014 to Present
  • Co-Chair, Clinical Psychology Colloquium 08-2013 to Present

Board Certifications/Licenses

  • Ohio State Board of Psychology, Licensed Psychologist 09/30/2014

Other Experience and Professional Memberships

  • 1998 to Present ,Member, Association for Cognitive and Behavioral Therapy, . Couples Research and Therapy Special Interest Group
  • 2000 to Present ,Member, American Psychological Association,
  • 2010 to Present ,The National Council on Family Relations ,

Courses Taught

  • 15-PSYC-715 INFERENTIAL STAT
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10W
    Comments: New prep for me
  • 15-PSYC-888 CLINICAL PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10W

  • 15-PSYC-888 CLINICAL PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10S

  • 15-PSYC-881 INTERV CLIN PSYCH
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10U
    Comments: new prep for me
  • 15-PSYC-275 INTERMED PSYCH STAT
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A

  • 15-PSYC-899 NON-THESIS RESEARCH
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 10A

  • Research Practicum
    Research Practicum
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 10A

  • 15-PSYC-715 INFERENTIAL STAT
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11W

  • 15-PSYC-888 CLINICAL PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11W

  • 15-PSYC-888 CLINICAL PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11S

  • 15-PSYC-881 INTERV CLIN PSYCH
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11U

  • 15-PSYC-351 INDEPENDENT STUDY
    Couples and Families
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 11W

  • 15-PSYC-715 INFERENTIAL STAT
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-PSYC-888 CLINICAL PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12W

  • 15-PSYC-401 SEMINAR IN HEALTH
    Level: Undergraduate
    Term: 12S

  • 15-PSYC-888 CLINICAL PRACTICUM
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12S

  • 15-PSYC-881 INTERV CLIN PSYCH
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 12U
    Comments: 12 FS
  • -PSYC-7015 GRAD STAT II
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 13SS

  • -PSYC-8018 INTERVENTIONS
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 13FS

  • Clinical Practicum
    Clinical Practicum
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 13SS

  • Graduate Statistics II
    Graduate Statistics II
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 14SS

  • -PSYC-8018 INTERVENTIONS
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 14FS

  • Clinical Practicum
    Clinical Practicum
    Term: 14SS

  • Advanced Clinical Practicum
    Advanced Clinical Practicum
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 14FS

  • -PSYC-7015 GRAD STAT II
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 15SS

  • -PSYC-8018 INTERVENTIONS
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 15FS

  • Advanced Practicum
    Advanced Practicum
    Level: Graduate
    Term: 15FS