Department of Psychology

Lorelei Simpson Rowe


Lorelei Simpson Rowe

Associate Professor

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My research interests focus on understanding and treating couples facing behavioral or psychological difficulties. My research program includes evaluation of relationship and individual functioning among couples in which one partner has a severe mental illness and examination of couple therapy outcomes when such issues are present. In particular, I am interested in how aspects of relationship functioning may exacerbate or mitigate individual symptoms and, conversely, how the presence of psychopathology affects the course of intimate relationships. My research also focuses on couples experiencing intimate partner violence (IPV), including the dyadic factors likely to set the stage for IPV and the degree to which couple-based therapies may be of use to couples with a history of violence. Other related research include mechanisms of change in couple therapy more broadly and the prevention of sexual violence in dating relationships through assertiveness training.


Simpson Rowe, L., Jouriles, E.N., & McDonald, R. (2015). Reducing sexual victimization among adolescent girls: A randomized controlled pilot trial of My Voice, My Choice. Behavior Therapy, 46, 315-327.

Doss, B.D., Mitchell, A., Georgia, E., Biesen, J., & Simpson Rowe, L. (2015). Improvements in closeness, communication, and psychological symptoms mediate effects of couple therapy for veterans. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 405-415.

Baucom, B.R., Atkins, D., Simpson Rowe, L., Doss, B.D., & Christensen, A. (2015). Prediction of treatment response at 5-year follow-up in a randomized clinical trial of behavioral based couple therapies. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83, 103-114.

Jouriles, E.N., Simpson Rowe, L., McDonald, R., & Kleinsasser, A. (2014). Women’s expression of anger in response to unwanted sexual advances: Associations with sexual victimization. Psychology of Violence, 4, 170-183.

Simpson Rowe, L., & Miller Morris, A. (2012). Patient and partner correlates of couple relationship functioning in bipolar disorder. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 328-337.

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

Doss, B.D., Simpson Rowe, L., Morrison, K.R., Libet, J., Birchler, G.R., Madsen, J.W., & McQuaid, J. (2012). Couple therapy for military veterans: Overall effectiveness and predictors of response. Behavior Therapy, 43, 216-227.

Mullen DeBoer, K., Simpson Rowe, L., Frousakis, N.N., Dimidjian, S., & Christensen, A. (2012). Couples excluded from a therapy trial due to intimate partner violence: Subsequent treatment-seeking and occurrence of IPV. Psychology of Violence, 2, 28-39.

Simpson Rowe, L., Doss, B.D., Hsueh, A.C., Libet, J., & Mitchell, A.E. (2011). Coexisting difficulties and couple therapy outcomes: Psychopathology and intimate partner violence. Journal of Family Psychology, 25, 455-458.

Doss, B.D., Simpson Rowe, L., Madsen, J.W., & Carhart, A. (2011). Sudden gains in treatment-as-usual couple therapy for veterans. Behavior Therapy, 42, 509-520.

Jouriles, E.N., Simpson Rowe, L., 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.

Baucom, B.R., Atkins, D.C., Simpson, L.E., & Christensen, A. (2009). Prediction of response to treatment in a randomized clinical trial of couple therapy: A 2-year follow-up. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 160-173.

Simpson, L.E., Atkins, D.C., Gattis, K.S., & Christensen, A. (2008). Low-level relationship aggression and couple therapy outcomes. Journal of Family Psychology, 22, 102-111.

Simpson, L.E., & Christensen, A. (2005). Spousal agreement regarding relationship aggression among treatment-seeking couples. Psychological Assessment, 17, 423-432.