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Steven Anthony Miller, PhD

Assistant Professor

Dr. Steven A. Miller is an Assistant Professor of Psychology.  He received his Ph.D. in Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago.  Additionally, he holds M.S. degrees from Illinois State University and Loyola University Chicago in Psychology and Mathematics with specializations in Clinical Psychology and Probability and Statistics, respectively. 

Dr. Miller joined the faculty of RFUMS in 2013.  His research focuses on anxiety and emotional disorders as well as the relationships between personality characteristics/individual differences and emotional experiences.  He also has interests in social cognitive models of personality, the application of quantitative methodology to applied psychological questions, and the evaluation of novel data analytic techniques.

Dr. Miller teaches courses in statistics, history and systems, and personality within the psychology department.  He also serves as a statistics consultant in the College of Health Professions at RFUMS and at the Center for Community Research at DePaul University.

Curriculum Vitae

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Are You a Prospective Graduate Student?
Dr. Miller will be considering student applications for the 2018/2019 academic year.  
Do you have questions regarding the admission process or what it is like working with Dr. Miller? E-mail current lab members Lauren Drandorff, Brandon ReedEmily Weber, Karol GrotkowskiSophie Leib, or Gregory Obert to gain a student’s perspective.


  1. The relationship between personality characteristics/individual differences (especially expectancy and belief) and emotional experiences
  2. Anxiety and emotional disorders
  3. Comparing models of the structure of psychological constructs (e.g. factors, classes, factor mixtures, networks, etc.)
  4. History/philosophy of both psychology specifically and science in general
  5. Application of novel quantitative methodology to applied psychological questions


Kosson, D. S., McBride, C. K., Miller, S. A., Riser, N. R. E., & Whitman, L. A. (in press). Attentional bias following frustration in youth with psychopathic traits: Emotional deficit versus negative perception. Journal of Experimental Psychpathology.

Fowler, D. R., Weber, E. N., Klappa, S. P., & Miller, S. A. (2017). Replicating future orientation: Investigating hope, optimism, and their subscales through replication and expansion. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 22-28.

Kruger, D. J., & Miller, S. A. (2017). Perceptions of attractiveness and parental dependency mediate the relationship between actual parental dependency and human caregiving intentions for non-mammalian infants. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 3(2), 141-146.

Longley, S. L., Miller, S. A., Broman-Fulks, J., Calamari, J. E., Holm-Denoma, J. M., & Meyers, K. (2017). Taxometric analyses of higher-order personality domains. Personality and Individual Differences, 108, 207-219.

Kruger, D. J., & Miller, S. A. (2016) Non-mammalian infants dependent on parental care elicit greater kindchenschema-related perceptions and motivations in humans. Human Ethology Gulletin, 31(3), 15-24.

Segal, N. L., Li, N. P., Graham, J. L., Miller, S. A., & McGuire, S. A. (2016). Virtual twins: Individual differences and evolutionary perspectives. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 513-514.

Fowler, D., Cantos, A., & Miller, S. A. (2016). Exposure to violence, typology, and recidivism in a probation sample of domestic violence perpetrators. Child Abuse and Neglect, 59, 66-77.

Hinrich, A. J., Jodelka, F. M., Brutman, D., Bruno, A., James, B. D., Stutzmann, G. E., Bennett, D. A., Miller, S. A., Rigo, F., Marr, R. A., & Hastings, M. L. (2016). Therapeutic correction of deregulated ApoER2 splicing in Alzheimer's disease using antisense oligonucleotides.  EMBO Molecular Medicine, 8(4), 328-345.

DiGangi, J. A., Goddard, A. J., Miller, S. A., Leon, G., & Jason, L. A. (2016). Differences in PTSD symptomatology among Latinos with childhood and adult trauma: The moderating effect of acculturation.  Journal of Addiction & Neuropharmacology, 3, 009.

Walter, J., Kahn, S., Noe, J., Schurman, J., Miller, S. A., & Greenley, R. (2016). Feeling fine: Anxiety and depressive symptoms in youth with IBD. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 22(2), 402-408.

Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., Ram, D., Miller, S. A., Beasley, C. R., Gleason, K. (2016). Theories in the field of community psychology. [Special issue]. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 7(2), 1-27.

Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., Ram, D., Miller, S. A., Beasley, C. R., Gleason, K. (2016). Our reflections on the reactions to "Theories in the Field of Community Psychology." [Special issue]. Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 7(2), 1-9.

Goldner, J.S., Richards, M.H., Quimby, D., Zakaryan, A., Miller, S. A., Dickson, D. & Chilson, J. (2016). Relations of parenting to adolescent externalizing and internalizing distress moderated by perception of neighborhood danger. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(2), 141-154.

Leon,  S. C., Miller, S. A., Stoner, A. M., Fuller, A., & Rolnik, A. M. (2016). Change trajectories: Children's patterns of improvement in acute-stay inpatient care.  Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 43(2), 233-245.

Segal, N.L., Li, N.P., Graham, J.L, & Miller, S.A. (2015). Do parents favor their adoptive or biological children? Predictions from kin selection and compensatory models. Evolution and Human Behavior, 36, 379-388.  

Catanzaro, S. J., Backenstrass, M., Miller, S. A., Mearns, J., Pfeiffer, N., & Brendalen, S. (2014).  Prediction of symptoms of emotional distress by mood regulation expectancies and affective traits.  International Journal of Psychology, 49(6)471-479 

Garrison, A. M., Kahn, J. H., Miller, S. A., & Sauer, E. M.  (2014). Emotional avoidance and rumination as mediators of the relation between adult attachment and emotional disclosure. Personality and Individual Differences, 70, 239-245 

Sladek, M. R., Engeln, R, & Miller, S. A. (2014). Development and validation of the male body talk scale: A psychometric investigation.  Body Image11(3), 233-244.

Beasley, C. R., Jason, L. A., Miller, S. A., Stevens, E., & Ferrari, J. (2013). Person-environment interactions among residents of Oxford House Recovery Homes. Addiction Research and Theory, 21(3), 198-206. 

DiGangi, J. A., Jason, L. A., Mendoza, L., Miller, S. A., & Contreras, R. (2013). The relationship between wisdom and abstinence behaviors in women in recovery from substance abuse. The American Journal of Drug and Alcohol Abuse, 39(1), 33-37.

Beasley, C. R., Jason, L. A., & Miller, S. A. (2012). The General Environment Fit Scale: A factor analysis and test of convergent construct validity.  American Journal of Community Psychology, 50(1-2), 64-76. 

Kapungu, C., Nappi, C., Thakral, C., Miller, S. A., Devlin, C., McBride, C., Hasselquist, E., Coleman, G., Drozd, D., Barve, C., Donenberg, G., DiClement, R., Brown, L., & The Project STYLE Study Group (2012). Recruiting and retaining high-risk adolescents into family-based HIV prevention intervention research.  Journal of Child and Family Studies, 21(4), 578-588.

Engeln-Maddox, R., Salk, R. H., & Miller, S. A. (2012). Assessing women’s negative commentary on their own bodies:  A psychometric investigation of the Negative Body Talk Scale. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 36(2), 162-178.

Engeln-Maddox, R., Miller, S. A., & Doyle, D. M. (2011). Tests of objectification theory in gay and lesbian samples: Mixed evidence for proposed pathways. Sex Roles, 65(7-8), 518-532.  

Majer, J. M., Jason, L. A., Ferrari, J. R., & Miller, S. A. (2011).  A longitudinal analysis of categorical twelve-step involvement among a U.S. national sample of recovering substance abusers in residential treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment. 41(1), 37-44.  

Rolnik, A. M., Engeln-Maddox, R., & Miller, S. A. (2010). Here's looking at you: Self-objectification, body image disturbance, and sorority rush. Sex Roles, 63(1-2), 6-17. 

Jagacinski, C. M., Kumar, S. Boe, J. L., Lam, H., & Miller, S. A. (2010). Changes in achievement goals and competence perceptions across the college semester.  Motivation and Emotion, 34(2), 191-204. 

Shoji, K., Harrigan, J. A., Woll, S. B., & Miller, S. A. (2010). Interactions among situations, personality characteristics, and cognitions in coping strategy choice. Personality and Individual Differences48(3), 270-276. 

Baptiste, D. R., Kapungu, C., Miller, S. A., Crown, L., Henry, D., Da Costa Martinez, D., & Jo-Bennett, K. (2009). Increasing parent involvement in youth HIV prevention: A randomized Caribbean study. AIDS Education and Prevention, 21(6), 495-511. 

Segal, N. L., Feng, R., McGuire, S. A., Allison, D. B, & Miller, S. A. (2009). Genetic and environmental contributions to body mass index: Comparative analyses of monozygotic twins, dizygotic twins and same age unrelated siblings. International Journal of Obesity, 33(3), 37-41. 

Lakin, B. L., Leon, S. C., & Miller, S. A. (2008). Predictors of burnout in children's residential treatment center staff. Residential Treatment for Children and Youth, 25(3), 249-270. 

Edlynn, E., Gaylord-Hardin, N., Richards, M. H., & Miller, S. A. (2008). African American inner city youth exposed to violence: Coping skills as a moderator for anxiety. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78(2), 249-258. 

Segal, N. L., McGuire, S. A., Miller, S. A., & Havlena, J. (2008). Tacit coordination in monozygotic twins, dizygotic twins and virtual twins: Effects and implications of genetic relatedness. Personality and Individual Differences, 45(7), 607-612. 

Sieracki, J. H., Leon, S. C., Miller, S. A., & Lyons, J. S. (2008). Individual and provider effects of mental health outcomes in child welfare: A three level growth curve approach. Children and Youth Services Review, 30(7), 800-808.

Engeln-Maddox, R., & Miller, S. A. (2008). Talking back to the media ideal: The development and validation of the Critical Processing of Beauty Images Scale. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32(2), 159-171. 

Leon, S. C., Ragsdale, B., Miller, S. A., & Spaccarelli, S. (2008). Trauma resilience among youth in substitute care demonstrating sexual behavior problems. Child Abuse and Neglect, 31(1), 67-81. 

Russell, R. L., Jones, M. E., & Miller, S. A. (2007). Core process components in psychotherapy: A synthetic review of P-technique studies. Psychotherapy Research, 17(3), 273-291. 

Ecklund-Johnson, E., Miller, S. A., & Sweet, J. J. (2004). Confirmatory factor analysis of the Behavioral Dyscontrol Scale in a mixed clinical sample. The Clinical Neuropsychologist, 18(3), 395-410.

Urani, M. A., Miller, S. A., Johnson, J. E., & Petzel, T. P. (2003). Homesickness in socially anxious first year college students. College Student Journal, 37(3), 392-399.

Kahn, J. H. & Miller, S. A. (2000). Measuring global perceptions of the research training environment using a short form of the RTES-R. Measurement and Evaluation in Counseling and Development, 33(2), 103-119

Research Lab

Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory

Bill Revelle, the former president of the Association for Research in Personality and of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, once wrote, "Personality is to emotion as climate is to weather."  Our research laboratory focuses on examining and further understanding this relationship.  Specifically, we examine not only the correspondence of emotion to personality, but also on the nature of intra-individual variability and how such patterns may be characteristic of people.  Furthermore, we examine roles of situational contingencies and individual expectancies in emotional response.  We employ a range of methodologies, from experience sampling studies to laboratory experiments.  Please feel free to contact me with questions about our research projects.