Tara Cornelius, Ph.D.

Tara Cornelius

Professor
B.S., Santa Clara University
M.A., Ph.D., Western Michigan University
Office: 1321 AuSable Hall
Phone: (616) 331-8702
Email: cornelta@gvsu.edu

CV


Awards

Psi Chi Professor of the Year 2020

Pew Teaching Excellence Award 2017

Distinguished Undergraduate Mentoring Award 2015

Specialization

Clinical Psychology; Interpersonal Relationships

Courses Taught

PSY 303 - Psychopathology
PSY 310 - Behavior Modification
PSY 452 - Counseling: Theories and Application
PSY 492 – Psychology Capstone

Research Interests

My scholarly interests focus on interpersonal relationships, specifically the systemic pattern of functional behavior within such relationships. As a behavioral researcher, I maintain that relationship behaviors, like individual behavior, represent a complex sequence of functional behaviors designed to maximize reinforcement and minimize punishment. However, like others in the field, I believe these behaviors do not occur in the absence of cognitive processes, which alter the interpretation of such behaviors within the relationship, and thus, alter the effect of such behaviors on relationship satisfaction. Thus, my research is designed to assess the overt behaviors and the function of those in the context of relationships, and examine how internal attributional processes may mediate the effect of such behaviors, particularly those relationship behaviors that can be interpreted as either positive or negative.

As a result of previous studies, my research interests have continued to examine other interpersonal facets that may play a role in the manifestation of dating violence. One such facet is an individual's tendencies to experience negative emotions, particularly anger, and also how one is able to regulate or moderate such negative emotions. In the field of clinical psychology, one of those processes is termed "emotion regulation". As a result, I have conducted numerous studies to better understand the role of emotion regulation in the manifestation of violence in dating couples. From these data, I also designed and conducted studies examining concepts related to emotion regulation, namely, distress tolerance and mindfulness. I have also conducted several studies examining the interplay of substance use and interpersonal violence, since there are strong data to suggest that interpersonal violence often occurs when substances are abused. 

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations

Bell, K. M., Howard, L., & Cornelius, T. L., (2020). Emotion dysregulation as a moderator of the association between relationship dependency and female-perpetrated dating violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Cornelius, T. L., Bell, K. M., Kistler, T.*, & Drouin, M. (2020). Consensual sexting among college students: The interplay of coercion and intimate partner aggression in perceived consequences of sexting. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health.

Hesse, C.*, Shorey, R. C.*, Brem, M. J., Stuart, G. L., & Cornelius, T. L. (2019). A short term longitudinal investigation of the relationship between mindfulness and female perpetrated dating violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Brem, M., Stuart, G. L., Cornelius, T. L., & Shorey, R. C.* (2019). A longitudinal examination of alcohol problems, cyber dating abuse, and face-to-face dating abuse: The moderating role of emotion regulation. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Hesse, C.*, Strauss, C.*, Shorey, R. C.*, Stuart, G. L., & Cornelius, T. L. (2018). Examination of the transient changes in affect resulting from participation in research addressing intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Strauss, C. V.*, Cornelius, T. L., & Shorey, R. C.* (2018). Stalking perpetration in dating relationships: The role of anger management and emotion regulation. Partner Abuse.

Shorey, R. C.*, Strauss, C.*, Elmquist, J., Anderson, S., Cornelius, T. L., & Stuart, G. L. (2017). Distress tolerance and intimate partner violence among men in substance use treatment. Journal of Family Violence, 31, 1025-1028.

Shorey, R. C.*, Strauss, C.*, Haynes, E., Stuart, G. L., & Cornelius, T. L. (2016). The negative impact of the gender differences controversy on female-specific physical intimate partner violence prevention programming on college campuses. Journal of Family Violence, 32, 317-324.

Strauss, C. V.*, Haynes, E. E., Shorey, R. C.*, & Cornelius, T. L. (2016). Stalking victimization and substance use in college dating relationships: An exploratory analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Shorey, R. C.*, Strauss, C.*, Woods, W. C.*, & Cornelius, T. L. (2016). The effect of item order on psychological aggression reporting: An examination with the multidimensional measure of emotional abuse. Partner Abuse, 7, 125-136.

Woods, W. C.*, Shorey, R. C.*, Strauss, C. V.*, Cornelius, T. L., & Rowland, T. (2016). The relationship between dating violence and bystander behavior: An initial investigation. Partner Abuse, 7, 55-69.

Shorey, R. C.*, Strauss, C.*, & Cornelius, T. L. (2015). Stalking in college dating relationships: A descriptive investigation. Journal of Family Violence, 30, 935-942.

Cornelius, T. L., Bell, K. M., Wyngarden, N.*, & Shorey, R. C.* (2015). What happens after hit? A qualitative analysis of the consequences of dating violence. Violence and Victims, 30, 393-416.

Ortiz, E. G.*, Shorey, R. C.*, & Cornelius, T. L. (2015). An examination of emotion regulation and alcohol use as risk factors for female perpetrated dating violence. Violence and Victims, 30, 417-431.

Shorey, R. C.*, Seavey, A. E., Quinn, E.*, & Cornelius, T. L. (2014). Partner-specific anger management as a mediator of the relation between mindfulness and female perpetrated dating violence. Psychology of Violence, 4, 51-64.

Shorey, R. C.*, Larson, E.*, & Cornelius, T. L. (2014). An initial investigation of the relation between mindfulness and female perpetrated dating violence. Partner Abuse, 5, 3-20. 

Shorey, R. C.*, Febres, J., Brasfield, H., Zucosky, H., Cornelius, T. L., & Stuart, G. L. (2013). Reactions to dating violence research: Do difficulties with distress tolerance increase negative reactions? Journal of Family Violence, 28, 479-487.

Shorey, R. C.*, Brasfield, H., Febres, J., Cornelius, T. L., Stuart, G. L., (2012). The psychometric properties of three self-report measures of psychological aggression in a sample of college females. Violence and Victims, 27, 973-990.

Shorey, R. C.*, Zucosky, H., Brasfield, H., Febres, J., Cornelius, T.L., Sage, C.* & Stuart, G. L. (2012). Dating violence prevention programming: Directions for future interventions. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 17, 289-296. 

Cornelius, T. L., Truba, N.*, & Bell, K. M. (2011). Using the Internet to prescreen participants for research on interpersonal violence: Experimental design considerations. Violence and Victims, 26 (3) 319-328.

Shorey, R. C.*, Cornelius, T. L., & Idema, C*. (2011). The mediating effect of anger on the relationship between difficulties with emotion regulation and female perpetrated psychological aggression. Violence and Victims, 26(3), 271-282.

Shorey, R. C.*, Cornelius, T. L., & Bell, K. M. (2011). The self-reported impact of research on intimate partner violence: Are participants distressed by our questions? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 26, 2890-2907.

Shorey, R. C.*, Stuart, G. L., & Cornelius, T. L. (2011). Dating violence and substance use in college students: A review of the literature. Aggression and Violent Behavior 16, 541-550.  

Shorey, R. C.*, Meltzer, C.*, & Cornelius, T. L. (2010). Reasons identified for violence in dating relationships: What does "self-defense" really mean? Violence and Victims, 25(5), 662-676.

Cornelius, T. L., Shorey, R. C.*, & Beebe, S. M.* (2010). Communication behaviors in violent dating relationships: Using Gottman's conceptualization in dating relationships. Journal of Family Violence 25, 439-448.