Texas Tech University

Dana Weiser, Ph.D.

Chair, Associate Professor
Human Development and Family Sciences

Email: dana.weiser@ttu.edu

Phone: (806) 834-4912

Office: HS 507G

Currently accepting graduate students for Fall 2024

Dana Weiser

Research Focus

My program of research mainly focuses on how family experiences shape adults' relationship experiences and sexual behaviors. My work explores how parents communicate and model behaviors which later influence individuals as they enter their own relationships and become sexually active. I study how and what families teach us about infidelity, sexual health, and sexual violence as well as predictors of and reactions to infidelity. I also examine the role of self-efficacy in personal relationships and along with colleagues developed the Self-Efficacy in Romantic Relationships (SERR) measure. My work utilizes a variety of perspectives, including feminist theories and social cognitive theory. I am an active faculty affiliate in the Women's and Gender Studies program.

Areas of Expertise

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

Selected Publications

Weiser, D. A., Shrout, M. R., Thomas, A. V., Edwards, A. L., & Cravens Pickens, J. (2022). “I've been cheated, been mistreated, when will I be loved”: Two decades of infidelity research through an intersectional lens. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships. https://doi.org/10.1177%2F02654075221113032


Crane, P.R., Swarengin, K.S., Rivas-Koehl, M. M., Foster, A.M., Le, T.H., Weiser, D.A., & Talley, A.E. (2022). Come out, get out: Relations among lesbian, gay, bisexual, and queer identification, microaggressions, and persistence in higher education. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 37, NP8237 –NP8248.https://doi.org/10.1177%2F0886260520967126


Weiser, D. A., Lieway, M., Brown, R., Shrout, M. R., Russell, K., Weigel, D. J., & Evans, W. P. (2022). Parent communication about sexual and relationship violence: Promoting healthy relationships or reinforcing gender stereotypes? Family Relations, 71(1), 181-200. https://doi.org/10.1111/fare.12598

Yuan, S., & Weiser, D. A. (2019). Relationship dissolution following marital infidelity: Comparing European Americans and Asian Americans. Marriage and Family Review, 55, 631-650. doi.org/10.1080/01494929.2019.1589614

Weiser, D. A.,Niehuis, S., Flora, J., Punyanunt-Carter, N.M., Arias, V. S., & Baird, H.R. (2018). Swiping right: Sociosexuality, intentions to engage in infidelity, and infidelity experiences on Tinder. Personality and Individual Differences, 133, 29-33. doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2017.10.025

Weiser, D. A., & Weigel, D. J. (2017). Exploring intergenerational patterns of infidelity. Personal Relationships, 24, 933–952. doi.org/10.1111/pere.12222

Purcell, J. K.*, Oldham, C. R.*, Weiser, D. A., & Sharp, E. A. (2017). Lights, camera, activism: Community based film-series as response to campus sexual violence. Family Relations, 66, 139-153. doi.org/10.1111/fare.12228

Weiser, D. A. (2017). Confronting myths about sexual assault: A feminist analysis of the false report literature. Family Relations, 66, 44-60. doi.org/10.1111/fare.12235

Weiser, D. A., Weigel, D. J., Lalasz, C. B., & Evans, W. P. (2017). Family background and propensity to engage in infidelity. Journal of Family Issues, 38, 2083-2101. doi.org/10.1177/0192513X15581660

Weiser, D. A., & Weigel, D. J. (2016). Self-efficacy in romantic relationships: Direct and indirect effects on relationship maintenance and satisfaction. Personality and Individual Differences, 89, 152-156. doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.10.013

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. doi.org/10.1016/j.paid.2015.05.014

Weiser, D. A., Lalasz, C. B., Weigel, D. J., & Evans. W. P. (2014). A prototype analysis of infidelity. Personal Relationships, 21, 655-675. doi.org/10.1111/pere.12056

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. doi.org/10.1080/00224545.2013.801826


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