Terri Messman

Terri Messman


311 Psychology Building
Oxford, OH 45056

Curriculum Vitae

Research Lab

Trauma and Emotion Regulation Laboratory
Room 347 Psychology Building
Contact Dr. Messman for information on research assistant positions.


  • Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, Oklahoma State University (APA Accredited), 1999 
  • Internship, Boston Psychology Consortium, Boston Veterans Affairs Healthcare System—National Center for PTSD—Boston University School of Medicine & Tufts University School of Medicine (APA Accredited), 1998-1999
  • M.S., Psychology, Oklahoma State University, 1994
  • B.A., Psychology, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, Summa Cum Laude, 1992

Teaching Interests


  • Abnormal Psychology (PSY242)
  • Mindfulness in Clinical Psychology Capstone (PSY410C)
  • Gender and Trauma Capstone (PSY410)


  • Ethics in Clinical Psychology (PSY649)
  • Advanced Clinical Practicum (PSY750)
  • Advanced Clinical Seminar: Trauma-Focused Intervention (PSY740)

Research Interests

  • Interpersonal Trauma
  • Emotion Regulation
  • Mindfulness & Self-Compassion
  • Meditation & Yoga

My research program reflects three intersecting areas: interpersonal violence (child/adolescent sexual victimization, child maltreatment, adult revictimization), trauma, and emotion regulation. I am interested in how interpersonal violence affects the capacity for self-regulation, and how maladaptive coping strategies (PTSD, substance misuse, risky sexual behavior, and complex clinical presentations) increase vulnerability among survivors. Additional interests involve examining facets of mindfulness, as well as meditation and yoga. Recent projects focus on emotion regulation, mindfulness, self-compassion, and executive functioning among trauma survivors in relation to compulsive shopping and hoarding behavior

Representative Publications

  • Bhuptani, P. H. & Messman, T. L. (2021). Self-compassion and shame among rape survivors. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/08862605211021994
  • Salim, S. R., McConnell, A. A. & Messman, T. L. (2021). Bisexual women’s recovery after sexual assault: Stigma, negative social reactions, and hazardous drinking. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/sgd0000490
  • Littleton, H. L., McConnell, A. A., Messman, T. L. & Layh, M. C. (2021). Typologies of rape victimization experiences among women attending college: A latent class analysis. Psychology of Women Quarterly. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684321992038
  • Messman, T. L. & Bhuptani, P. H. (2020). Self-compassion and fear of self-compassion: Mechanisms underlying the link between child maltreatment severity and psychological distress in college women. Mindfulness, 11, 1446-1459. https://doi.org/10.1007/s12671-020-01361-2


2016 Sexual Trauma & PTSD in Bisexual Women: A Test of Minority Stress Theory, Foundation for the Scientific Study of Sexuality, $1,000 

2015-2016 Yoga and Meditation for Self Realization, Emotional and Mental Strength, Interact for Health Foundation, Co-PI: Anne Minter, M.S., Miami University-Hamilton, $13,282

2010-2016 Sexual Revictimization: Emotion and Psychosocial Mechanisms, National Institute of Child Health & Human Development 1R01HD062226-01A2, Co-Investigator, Site PI; PI: David DiLillo, University of Nebraska, $3,135,821 

2008-2010, 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, Principal Investigator, $96,000

Trauma & Emotion Regulation Laboratory

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