Portrait of Renee McDonald

Renee McDonald

Associate Dean for Research and Academic Affairs

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Ph.D., University of Houston
PO Box 750235
Dallas, TX 75275-0442
(214) 768-1128
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Research/Teaching Interests

Child Adjustment Problems, Antisocial Behavior, Family Conflict, Family Violence, Interventions, Interparent Conflict, Aggression

Selected Publications

Mueller, V., Jouriles, E. N., McDonald, R., & Rosenfield, D. (in press). Adolescent beliefs about the acceptability of dating violence: Does violent behavior change them? Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Spiller, L. C., Jouriles, E. N., McDonald, R., & Skopp, N. A. (in press). Physically abused women’s experiences of sexual victimization and their children’s disruptive behavior problems. Psychology of Violence.

Jouriles, E. N., Mueller, V., Rosenfield, D. McDonald, R., & Dodson, M. C. (2012). Teens' experiences of harsh parenting and exposure to severe intimate partner violence:  Adding insult to injury in predicting teen dating violence. Psychology of Violence, 2, 125-138

McDonald, R., Jouriles, E. N., Rosenfield, D., & Leahy, M. M. (2012). Children’s questions about interparent conflict and violence: What’s a mother to say? Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 95-104.

Jouriles, E. N., McDonald, R., Mueller, V., & Grych, J. H. (2012). Youth experiences of family violence and teen dating violence perpetration: Cognitive and emotional mediators. Clinical Child and Family Psychology Review, 15, 58-68. 

Simpson Rowe, L, Jouriles, E. N., McDonald, R., Platt, C. G., & Gomez, G. S. (2012). Enhancing women’s resistance to sexual coercion: A randomized controlled trial of the DATE program. The Journal of American College Health, 60, 211-218.

Jouriles, E. N., Grych, J. H., Rosenfield, D., McDonald, R., & Dodson, M. C. (2011). Automatic cognitions and teen dating violence. Psychology of Violence, 1, 302-314.

McDonald, R., Dodson, M. C., Rosenfield, D., Jouriles, E. N. (2011). Effects of a parenting intervention on features of psychopathy in children. Journal of Abnormal Child Psychology, 39, 1013-1023.

Jouriles, E. N., Simpson-Rowe, L. E., McDonald, R., Platt, C. G., Gomez, G. S. (2011). Assessing women's responses to sexual threat: Validity of a virtual role-play procedure. Behavior Therapy, 42, 475-484.

McDonald, R., Jouriles, E. N., Rosenfield, D., Corbitt-Shindler, D. (2011). Predictors of domestically violent men's aggression toward children: A prospective study. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 11-18.


Dr. McDonald received her Ph.D. in Psychology from the University of Houston. She is the Associate Dean for Research in SMU’s Dedman College of Humanities and Science, and is a professor in the Department of Psychology. Dr. McDonald has spearheaded efforts to document the prevalence of children’s exposure to intimate partner violence, to understand short- and long-term effects of violence on children, and to develop and evaluate treatments for children exposed to violence. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice. Her research is regularly published in scientific journals, and she is a consultant to academic departments and professional agencies around the country.