Laura C. Wilson is an Assistant Professor in the Psychology Department. She earned a PhD in Clinical Psychology (Virginia Tech), MA in General/Experimental Psychology (The College of William & Mary), BS in Psychology (Virginia Tech), and BS in Sociology with a concentration in Crime and Deviance (Virginia Tech). Her main area of research and clinical expertise is post-trauma functioning, particularly in survivors of sexual violence or mass trauma (e.g., terrorism, mass shootings, combat). She also has interest in predictors of violence and aggression, including psychophysiological and personality factors. She has several active lines of research, including but not limited to: predictors of PTSD following mass shootings, long-term functioning among first responders following terrorism, and predictors of outcomes among survivors of sexual violence.
Here is a sample of several of her latest publications:
Wilson, L. C., & Scarpa, A. (in press). Interpersonal difficulties mediate the relationship between child sexual abuse and depression symptoms. Violence and Victims.
Waldron, J. C., Wilson, L. C., Patriquin, M. A., & Scarpa, A. (in press). Sexual victimization history, depression, and task physiology as predictors of sexual revictimization: Results from a 6-month prospective pilot study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
Wilson, L. C., Waldron, J. C., & Scarpa, A. (in press). Disinhibition as a mechanism in sexual victimization: A prospective study. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.
Scarpa, A., Sheetz, S., Wilson, L. C., Waldron, J. C., Patriquin, M. A., & Jones, R. T. (2014). Posttraumatic stress symptoms after the 2007 Virginia Tech shootings: Mode and function of communication about the events. Journal of Critical Incident Analysis, 4, 1-20.
Wilson, L. C., & Scarpa, A. (2014). Aggressive behavior: An alternative model of resting heart rate and sensation seeking. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 91-98. doi: 10.1002/ab.21504
Wilson, L. C., & Scarpa, A. (2013). Childhood abuse, perceived social support, and psychological symptoms: A moderation model. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1037/a0032635
Wilson, L. C., & Scarpa, A. (2013). Baseline heart rate, sensation seeking and aggression in young adult women: A two-sample examination. Aggressive Behavior, 39, 280-289. doi: 10.1002/ab.21477