Christina M. Balderrama-Durbin
Assistant Professor of Psychology
Ph.D., Texas A&M University
Internship: Minneapolis VA Health Care System
Area: Clinical Psychology
Office: Clearview Hall, Room 60
Professional Societies (Memberships): American Psychological Association – Division 12 Clinical Psychology, Division 19 Military Psychology, Division 29 Psychotherapy, Division 43 Family Psychology; Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies – Couples Research and Therapy Special Interests Group. Ad hoc reviewer: Assessment; Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice; Journal of Affective Disorders; Journal of Clinical Psychology in Medical Settings; Journal of Family Psychology; Journal of Traumatic Stress; Military Psychology; Nicotine & Tobacco Research; Psychological Assessment.
- Co-morbid psychological and intimate relationship distress, particularly in response to acute stress and trauma.
- The development, implementation, and evaluation of couple-based prevention/intervention programs for high-risk populations.
- Couple-based assessment.
My research broadly includes the assessment and enhancement of couple functioning. The majority of my work is focused on couples who have been exposed to trauma or acute stress. The Couple Adjustment to Stress and Trauma (CAST) lab is focused on evaluating couples who are at high risk for co-morbid psychological and relationship distress following exposure to stress and trauma. The CAST lab evaluates diverse populations with a specific emphasis on military and Veteran populations. One of my primary aims is to conduct clinically relevant and culturally-sensitive research that evaluates mechanisms of couple adaptation to stress and trauma, and to optimize the systemic benefits of couple-based interventions.
Philosophy of Graduate Training:
I promote a scientist-practitioner model of training within my research lab. A collaborative approach and effective interpersonal skills are fundamental to succeeding in my lab. Graduate students will be encouraged to think critically and creatively, and they will be assisted in generating their independent research interests within the framework of ongoing, larger studies conducted within the lab. The CAST lab uses a variety of research techniques to investigate clinically-relevant research questions. Consequently, graduate students will receive training and experience in all aspects of research including couple assessment (both subjective and objective measures), behavioral coding, data management, data analysis, undergraduate supervision, as well as opportunities to assist in grant and manuscript writing. Advanced graduate students will be expected to publish their thesis and dissertation.
Balderrama-Durbin, C., Vogt, D., Erbes, C., & Polusny, M. (2018). Psychometric evaluation of a measure of intimate partner communication during deployment. Journal of Family Psychology, 32, 31-41.
Balderrama-Durbin, C., Cigrang, J., Snyder, D. K., Talcott, G. W., Tatum, J., Baker, M., Cassidy, D., Sonnek, S., Slep, A. M. S., & Heyman, R. E. (2017). Risk for marital infidelity across a year-long deployment. Journal of Family Psychology, 31, 629-634.
Snyder, D. K., Balderrama-Durbin, C., Cigrang, J. A., Talcott, G. W., Slep, A. M. S., & Heyman, R. E. (2016). Help-seeking among Airmen in distressed relationships: Promoting relationship well-being. Psychotherapy, 53, 1-12.
Balderrama-Durbin, C., Fissette, C., & Snyder, D. K. (2016). Best practices in assessment for couple therapy. In K. T. Sullivan & E. Lawrence (Eds.), Oxford handbook of relationship science and couple interventions (pp. 131-147). New York: Oxford University Press.
Heyman, R. E., Slep, A. M. S., Sabathne, C., Erlanger, A. C. E., Hsu, T. T., Snyder, D. K., Balderrama-Durbin, C., Cigrang, J. A., Talcott, G. W., Tatum, J., Baker, M., Cassidy, D., & Sonnek, S. (2015). Development of a multilevel prevention program for improved relationship functioning in active duty military members. Military Medicine, 180, 690-696.
Balderrama-Durbin, C., Snyder, D. K., & Balsis, S. (2015). Tailoring assessment of relationship distress using the Marital Satisfaction Inventory – Brief Form. Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 4, 127-135.
Balderrama-Durbin, C., Cigrang, J., Osborne, L. J., Snyder, D. K., Talcott, G. W., Slep, A. M. S., Heyman, R. E., Tatum, J., Baker, M., Cassidy, D., & Sonnek, S. (2015). Coming home: A prospective study of family reintegration following deployment to a war zone. Psychological Services, 12, 213-221.
Balderrama-Durbin, C., Snyder, D. K., Cigrang, J., Talcott, G. W., Tatum, J., Baker, M., Cassidy, D., Sonnek, S., Heyman, R. E., & Slep, A. M. S. (2013). Combat disclosure in intimate relationships: Mediating the impact of partner support on posttraumatic stress. Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 560-568.
Balderrama-Durbin, C., Allen, E. S., & Rhoades, G. (2012). Demand and withdraw behaviors in couples with a history of infidelity. Journal of Family Psychology, 26, 11- 17.