Tara Cornelius

Tara Cornelius

Associate 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

Office Hours


Clinical Psychology; Interpersonal Relationships

Courses Taught

PSY310 - Behavior Modification

Research Interests

My research interests broadly lie in the area of marital, couples and intimate dyadic relationships and interpersonal processes.  Specifically, I am interested in examining intimate interpersonal interactions and discerning different functional relationships that may be related to satisfaction, communication problems, and aberrant behavior, including violence in the context of interpersonal relationships.  As such, my research endeavors have focused on examining communication skills training with married couples, as well as investigating prevention and intervention programs for interpersonal violence, particularly dating violence.

Current Research

My current research focuses on examining the function of aggressive behaviors in intimate relationships. I am currently conducting an interview-based project examining the functional role of violence in relationships, which serves the secondary purpose of contributing to the development of a better theoretical understanding of interpersonal violence, since there exists a dearth of empirical literature in this area. I am also actively working on research related to examining factors that predict participation in prevention programming for dating violence, and how these may be distinct for primary and secondary prevention samples. 

My second line of research is related to my interest in methodologies of college teaching, particularly related to web-based methods. In collaboration with other researchers at Grand Valley, I continued work on a grant-funded project examining the differential impact of instructor-provided notes on three outcomes: 1. student performance (test scores); 2. type of material learned (definitional versus conceptual), and 3. student attendance. I am also working on a project to expand this research to examine the effect of training in note-taking skills for webnotes on learning outcomes.

Recent Publications and Conference Presentations

Strauss, C. V.*, Cornelius, T. L., & Shorey, R. C.* (in press). 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, 32, 317-324.

Shorey, R. C.*, Strauss, C.*, Haynes, E., Cornelius, T. L., & Stuart, G. 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, 31, 1025-1028.

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.

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