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Dana Weiser, Ph.D.
Dana Weiser, Ph.D.
Human Development and Family Studies
(806)834-4912 - Room 507J

University of Nevada, Reno 2012

Assistant Professor, Human Development and Family Studies


How prior family experiences relate to individuals' romantic relationship outcomes and qualities, including intergenerational patterns of infidelity behavior, and communication and forgiveness following infidelity; other interests include self-efficacy development, and sexual health policies.

Recent Publications

Weigel, D. J. & Weiser, D. A. (in press). Commitment messages communicated in families of origin: Contributions to relationship commitment attitudes. Communication Quarterly.

Weiser, D. A., & Weigel, D. J. (in press). Testing a model of communication responses to relationship infidelity. Communication Quarterly.

Riggio, H. R., Weiser, D. A., Valenzuela, A. M., Lui, P. P., Montes, R., & Heuer, J. (2013). Self-efficacy in romantic relationships: Prediction of relationship attitudes and outcomes. The Journal of Social Psychology (published online first June 2013).

Sigillo, A. E., Miller, M. K., & Weiser, D. A. (2012). Attitudes toward nontraditional women using IVF: The importance of political affiliation and religious characteristics. Psychology of Religion and Spirituality, 4, 249-263.

Weigel, D. J., Weiser, D. A., Bales, D. W., & Moyses, K. J. (2012). Identifying online preferences and needs of early childhood professionals. Early Childhood Research & Practice 14 (Full text).

Riggio, H. R., Weiser, D., Valenzuela, A., Lui, P., Montes, R., & Heuer, J. (2011). Initial validation of a measure of self-efficacy in romantic relationships. Personality and Individual Differences, 51, 601-606.

Weiser, D. A., & Miller, M. K. (2010). Barack Obama vs Bristol Palin: Why the President’s sex education policy wins. Contemporary Justice Review, 13, 411-424.

Weiser, D. A., & Riggio, H. R. (2010). Family background and academic achievement: Does self-efficacy mediate outcomes? Social Psychology of Education, 13, 367-383.

Riggio, H. R., Valenzuela, A. M., & Weiser, D. A. (2010). Household responsibilities in the family of origin: Relations with self-efficacy in young adulthood. Personality and Individual Differences, 48, 568-573.

Riggio, H. R., & Weiser, D. A. (2008). Attitudes toward marriage: Embeddedness and outcomes in personal relationships. Personal Relationships, 15, 123-140.