Texas Tech University

Dana Weiser, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Human Development and Family Studies

Email: dana.weiser@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4912

Office: HS 507J

Dana Weiser

Research Focus

My program of research mainly focuses on how family experiences shape young adults' later relationship experiences and sexual behaviors, including sexual risk taking. Much of my work has looked at how the experience of parental infidelity is associated with young adults' own likelihood of engaging in infidelity. Additionally, I study other predictors of infidelity (personality traits, relationship beliefs) and how individuals communicate upon discovering relationship transgressions. I also study the role of self-efficacy in personal relationships and along with colleagues developed the Self-Efficacy in Romantic Relationships (SERR) measure. Finally, I study a number of sexual health issues. For example, I study predictors of receiving the HPV vaccine and issues surrounding sexual and relationship violence.

Areas of Expertise

  • Intergenerational relationship patterns
  • Infidelity
  • Self-efficacy development
  • Human sexuality

Selected Publications

Weiser, D. A., Weigel, D. J., Lalasz, C. B., & Evans, W. P. (in press). Family background and propensity to engage in infidelity. Journal of Family Issues.

Weiser, D. A., & Weigel, D. J. (2015). Investigating experiences of the infidelity partner: Who is the "other man/woman"?. Personality and Individual Differences, 85, 176-181.

Parent, M. C., Weiser, D. A., & McCourt, A. (2014)."So what are you?": Inappropriate interview questions for psychology doctoral and internship applicants. Training and Education in Professional Psychology, online first.

Weiser, D. A., Lalasz, C. B., Weigel, D. J., & Evans. W. P. (2014). A prototype analysis of infidelity. Personal Relationships, 21, 655-675.

Weigel, D. J., & Weiser, D. A. (2014). Commitment messages communicated in families of origin: Contributions to relationship commitment attitudes. Communication Quarterly62, 536-551.

Weiser, D. A., & Weigel, D. J. (2014). Testing a model of communication responses to relationship infidelity. Communication Quarterly, 62, 416-435.

Jones, D. N., & Weiser, D. A. (2014). Differential infidelity patterns among the Dark Triad. Personality and Individual Differences, 57, 20–24.

Riggio, H. R., Weiser, D. A., Valenzuela, A. M., Lui, P., Montes, R., & Heuer, J. (2013). Self-efficacy in romantic relationships: Prediction of relationship attitudes and outcomes. The Journal of Social Psychology, 153, 629-650.

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


Research Website:

Sexual Health, Infidelity, & Family Transmissions (SHIFT)

Research featured:

Romantic and Marital Relationships Lab

Meet Assistant Professor Dana Weiser, Ph.D.

Human Development and Family Studies