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Amy D. Marshall, PhD
Assistant Professor of Psychology

Pennsylvania State University
Department of Psychology
415 Moore Building
University Park, PA 16802
Office Phone: 814-863-1752
Fax: 814-863-7002



PhD, Indiana University, 2004
BA, University of Arizona, 1998

Research Interests

My BIRCWH research focuses on gender differences in the development of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD). I study this phenomenon among couples using a variety of techniques including the measurement of communication behaviors, social information processing, and neuroendocrine factors (e.g., reactivity to hormone administration, changes in hormones during couple interactions). Within the context of better understanding women’s revictimization, I also examine relationships between these variables and men’s perpetration of intimate partner violence.

My BIRCWH research includes examination of differential effects of arginine vasopressin (AVP) administration on social cognition (i.e., attention towards one’s partners facial expressions of emotions) and communication behaviors (i.e., hostility and affection) based on gender and whether the participant has PTSD. AVP is a neurohormone that demonstrates functional sexual dimorphism and has been associated with PTSD in humans and context-dependent aggression in non-human animals. I am additionally examining the impact of PTSD on women’s oxytocin reactivity during positive partner interactions. Oxytocin is a neurohormone of structural and functional similarity to AVP, but influenced by estrogen and centrally involved in sex-specific events such as labor and breastfeeding. Together, this research is intended to illuminate sex-specific mechanisms related to the development and maintenance of PTSD.

BIRCWH Mentors

Sheri Berenbaum, PhD, Professor of Psychology (Primary Mentor)
Richard Legro, MD, Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology
Elizabeth Susman, PhD, Professor of Biobehavioral Health

Recent Publications

Marshall, A. D. & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. (2010). Recognition of wives’ emotional expressions: A mechanism in the relationship between psychopathology and intimate partner violence perpetration. Journal of Family Psychology, 24, 21-30.

Marshall, A. D., Martin, E. K., Warfield, G. A., Doron-Lamarca, S., Niles, B., Taft, C. T. (2010). The impact of antisocial personality characteristics on anger management treatment for veterans with PTSD. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 2.

Taft, C. T., Schumm, J. A., Marshall, A. D., Panuzio, J., & Holtzworth-Munroe, A. (2008). Family-of-origin maltreatment, PTSD symptoms, social information processing deficits, and relationship abuse perpetration. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 117, 637-646.

Taft, C. T., Kaloupek, D. G., Schumm, J. A., Marshall, A. D., Panuzio, J., & Keane, T. M. (2007). Posttraumatic stress disorder symptoms, physiological reactivity, alcohol problems, and aggression among military veterans. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 116, 498-507.

Taft, C. T., Street, A. E., Marshall, A. D., Dowdall, D. J., & Riggs, D. S. (2007). Posttraumatic stress disorder, anger, and partner abuse among Vietnam combat veterans. Journal of Family Psychology, 21, 270-277.

Taft, C. T., Vogt, D. S., Marshall, A. D., Panuzio, J. & Niles, B. D. (2007). Aggression among combat veterans: Relationships with combat exposure, symptoms of posttraumatic stress disorder, dysphoria, and anxiety. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 20, 135-145.

Keane, T. M., Marshall, A. D., Taft, C. T. (2006). Posttraumatic stress disorder: Etiology, epidemiology, and treatment outcome. Annual Review of Clinical Psychology, 2, 161-197.

Panuzio, J., O’Farrell, T. J., Marshall, A. D., Murphy, C. M., Murphy, M., Taft, C. T. (2006). Intimate partner aggression reporting concordance and correlates of agreement among male alcoholics and their female partners. Assessment, 13, 266-279.

Pettit, G. S., Bates, J. E., Holtzworth-Munroe, A., Marshall, A. D., Harach, L. D., Cleary, D., Dodge, K. A. (2006). Aggression and insecurity in late-adolescent romantic relationships: Antecedents and developmental pathways. In A. Huston & M. Ripke (Eds.) Developmental Contexts of Middle Childhood: Bridges to Adolescence and Adulthood (pp. 41- 61). New York: Cambridge University Press.

Marshall, A. D., Panuzio, J., & Taft, C. T. (2005). Intimate partner violence among military veterans and active duty servicemen. Clinical Psychology Review, 25, 862-876.


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