Erika Lawrence

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Associate Professor, Clinical


(520) 621-3382
Psychology 521
Research Interests: 
  • Developing, testing and disseminating effective treatments for reducing domestic violence through community-based efficacy and effectiveness studies
  • Identifying risk factors and developing preventive interventions targeting the developmental course of couple distress and dissolution
  • Understanding and incorporating economic and cultural disparities in our conceptual models of couple dysfunction

My research program is focused on: (a) clarifying the developmental course of and developing evidence-based treatments for intimate partner violence and associated psychopathology for perpetrators, victims and children and (b) examining the dyadic, dynamic factors impacting the developmental course of intimate relationship functioning.

I conduct both basic and applied research in laboratory and community settings with individuals, couples and families. Most recently, my students and I developed and tested an evidence-based treatment targeting intimate partner violence (IPV). We conducted the first study in which a researcher incorporated a novel IPV intervention into a state court-mandated Batterers Education Program. The new intervention has been implemented statewide and other states are starting to use this new intervention.

Selected Publications: 

Lawrence, E., & Langer Zarling, A.  (2013). Achieving Change through Value-Based Behavior (ACTV): Treatment manual for facilitators treating domestic violence offenders. Iowa City, IA: University of Iowa Foundation.

Lawrence, E., & Sullivan, K.T. (Eds.) (forthcoming, 2015). Oxford handbook of couple research and interventions: Oxford Library of Psychology Series. NY: Oxford University Press.

Sullivan, K.T., Pasch, L.A., Lawrence, E., & Bradbury, T.N. (2015). Physical aggression, compromised social support, and 10-year marital outcomes: Testing a relational spillover model. Journal of Family Psychology. doi:

Zarling, A., Lawrence, E., & Marchman, J. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of acceptance and commitment therapy for aggressive behavior. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 83(1), 199-212. doi:

Brock, R.L., Barry, R.A., Lawrence, E., Rolffs, J., Cerretani, D., & Langer Zarling, A. (2015). Online administration of questionnaires assessing psychological and physical aggression: Establishing psychometric equivalence. Psychology of Violence, 5(3), 294-304. Doi:

Courses Taught: 

625B Clinical Research Methods
694F Couple Therapy Practicum
381 Abnormal Psych 

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