Willa Cather Professor & Chair of Psychology Psychology
Dr. DiLillo will not be recruiting a graduate student to join his lab for fall 2021

Lab site: Trauma, Violence, and Abuse Lab

David DiLillo received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from Oklahoma State University in 1997. Prior to joining the faculty in 2000, he served as a Research Assistant Professor and project coordinator of a federal grant at the University of Missouri-Columbia, which explored predictors of unintentional injury among children. His primary research interests are in the area of family violence, including child maltreatment and marital and couple violence. He has a particular interest in the long-term functioning of adults who have experienced various forms of childhood trauma and maltreatment (e.g., sexual abuse, physical abuse, exposure to violence). He is particularly interested in understanding revictimization occurring during childhood/adolescence and again in adulthood. His research has been funded by NIMH and NICHD. Recent projects in his research group have focused on the marital adjustment of childhood maltreatment survivors, psychosocial mediators of revictimization, emotional influences on intimate partner violence (IPV) perpetration, and the development of a Web-based measure of child maltreatment. He is currectly the Director of the Clinical Psychology Training Program. His teaching activities include psychotherapy, couples and family therapy, and supervision of clinical practicum.

Information on the CAMI

Researchers interested in using the online or paper version of the Computer Assisted Maltreatment Inventory (CAMI) should email Dr. DiLillo at ddilillo@unl.edu.

Violence and Abuse Publications
  • Messman-Moore, T. L., Walsh, K., & DiLillo, D. (in press). Emotion dysregulation and risky sexual behavior in revictimization, Child Abuse and Neglect.
  • DeGue, S. A., DiLillo, D., & Scalora, M. J. (in press). Are all perpetrators alike? Comparing risk factors for sexual coercion and aggression. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.
  • Walsh, K., DiLillo, D., & Scalora, M. S. (in press). The cumulative impact of sexual revictimization on emotion regulation difficulties: An examination of female inmates. Violence Against Women.
  • Panuzio, J., & DiLillo, D. (2010). Physical, psychological, and sexual intimate partner aggression among newlywed couples: Longitudinal prediction of marital satisfaction. Journal of Family Violence, 25. 689 - 699.
  • DiLillo, D., Hayes, S., Fortier, M. A., Perry, A. R., Evans, S., Messman-Moore, T. L., Walsh, K., Nash, C., & Fauchier, A. (2010). Development and initial psychometric properties of the Computer Assisted Maltreatment Inventory (CAMI): A comprehensive self-report measure of child maltreatment history. Child Abuse and Neglect, 34, 305-317.
  • Johnson, B. C., DiLillo, D., & Garbin, C. P. (2010). Teaching. In J. C. Thomas & M. Hersen (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Psychology Competencies, Vol. 1 (pp. 573-607). New York: Springer.
  • Walsh, K., Fortier, M. A., & DiLillo, D. (2010). Adult coping with childhood sexual abuse: A theoretical and empirical review. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 15, 1-13.
  • DiLillo, D., Peugh, J., Walsh, K., Panuzio, J., Trask, E., & Evans, S. (2009). Child maltreatment history among newlywed couples: A longitudinal study of marital outcomes and mediating pathways. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 77, 680-692.
  • Fortier, M. A., DiLillo, D., Messman-Moore, T. L., Peugh, J., DeNardi, K. A., & Gaffey, K. J., (2009). Severity of child sexual abuse and revictimization: The mediating role of coping and trauma symptoms. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 308-320.
  • DeGue, S., & DiLillo, D. (2009). Is animal cruelty a "red flag" for family violence? Investigating co-occurring violence towards children, partners, and pets. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 1036-1056.
  • McChargue, D. M., Klanecky, A. K., Walsh, K., & DiLillo, D. (in press). Trauma exposure influences cue elicited affective responses among smokers with and without a history of major depression. Addictive Behaviors.
  • Evans, S. E., Davies, C., & DiLillo, D. (2008). Exposure to domestic violence: A meta-analysis of child and adolescent outcomes. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 13, 131-140. PDF
  • Perry, A. R., DiLillo, D., & Peugh, J. (2007). Childhood psychological maltreatment and quality of marriage: The mediating role of psychological distress. Journal of Emotional Abuse, 7, 117-142. PDF
  • Clemmons, J. C., Walsh, K., DiLillo, D., & Messman-Moore, T. M. (2007). Unique and combined contributions of multiple child abuse types and abuse severity to adult trauma symptomatology. Child Maltreatment, 12, 172-181.PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Lewis, T. L., Di Loreto-Colgan, A. (20007). Child maltreatment history and subsequent romantic relationships: Exploring a psychological route to dyadic difficulties. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, 15, 19-36. PDF
  • Perry, A.R., & DiLillo, D. (2007). Child sexual abuse. In N.A. Jackson (Ed). Encyclopedia of Domestic Violence. New York: Routledge. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., DeGue, S., Kras, A., Di Loreto-Colgan, A., & Nash, C. L. (2006). Participant responses to retrospective surveys of child maltreatment: Does mode of assessment matter? Violence and Victims, 21, 409-422. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Fortier, M. A., Hayes, S. A., Trask, E., Perry, A. R., Messman-Moore, T. L., Fauchier, A., Nash, C. (2006). Retrospective assessment of childhood sexual and physical abuse: A comparison of scaled and behaviorally specific approaches. Assessment, 13, 297-312. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Hayes, S., & Hope, D. A. (2006). Sensitivity of the Anxiety Disorder Interview Schedule-IV (ADIS-IV) in detecting potentially traumatic childhood abuse. Journal of Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment, 28, 131-135. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Fortier, M., & Perry, A.R. (2006). Child abuse and neglect. To be in K. Liller (Ed.). Injury Prevention for Children and Adolescents: Integration of Research, Practice, and Advocacy. (pp. 283-304). Washington, DC: American Public Health Association Press. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Perry, A.R., & Fortier, M. (2005). Child physical abuse and neglect. To be in R.T. Ammerman & M. Hersen (Eds.). Comprehensive Handbook of Personality and Psychopathology, (Vol. 3, pp. 367-387). Child Psychopathology, Hoboken, NJ: John Wiley & Sons. PDF
  • DeGue, S. A., & DiLillo, D. (2005). Understanding perpetrators of sexual coercion: Characteristics of those who cross the line. Violence and Victims, 19, 673-688. PDF
  • DeGue, S., & DiLillo, D. (2005). "You would If you loved me:" Toward an improved conceptual and etiological understanding of male sexual coercion. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 10, 513-532. PDF
  • Schenkel, L. S., Spaulding, W. D., DiLillo, D., & Silverstein, S. M. (2005). Histories of childhood maltreatment in schizophrenia: Relationships with premorbid functioning, symptomatology, and cognitive deficits. Schizophrenia Research, 76, 273-286. PDF
  • Davies, C. A., DiLillo, D., & Martinez, I. G. (2004). Isolating adult psychological correlates of witnessing parental violence: Findings from a predominantly Latina sample. Journal of Family Violence. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., & Damashek, A. (2003). Parenting characteristics of women reporting a history of childhood sexual abuse. Child Maltreatment, 8, 319-333.PDF
  • Clemmons, J. C., DiLilloD., Martinez, I. G., DeGue, S., & Jeffcott, M. (2003). Co-occurring forms of child maltreatment and adult adjustment reported by Latina college students. Child Abuse & Neglect27, 751-767. PDF
  • DiLillo,D. (2001). Interpersonal functioning among women reporting a history of child sexual abuse: Empirical findings and methodological issues. Clinical Psychology Review, 21, 553-576. PDF
  • Murphy, W. D., DiLillo, D., Haynes, M. R., & Steere, E. (2001). An exploration of factors related to deviant sexual arousal among juvenile sex offenders. Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, 13, 91-103. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Giuffre, D., Tremblay, G. C., & Peterson, L. (2001). A closer look at the nature of intimate partner violence reported by women with a history of childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 16, 116-132. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Tremblay, G. C., & Peterson, L. (2000). Linking child sexual abuse and adult physical abuse potential: The mediating role of maternal anger. Child Abuse and Neglect, 24, 767-779. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., & Long, P. J. (1999). Perceptions of couple functioning among female survivors of child sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 7, 59-76. Also abstracted in Clinician's Research Digest, (1999), 17. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Long, P. J., & Russell, L. (1994). Coping strategies of victims of intrafamilial and extrafamilial childhood sexual abuse. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, , 45-65.
Injury Publications
  • McLean, C. P., DiLillo, D., Bevins, R. A., & Bornstein, B. H. (2008). Predictors of goggle use among racquetball players. International Journal of Injury Control & Safety Promotion, 15, 167-170.
  • Lewis, T. L., DiLillo, D., & Peterson, L. (2004). Parental beliefs about the developmental benefits of unintentional childhood injuries. American Journal of Health Behavior, 28, 861-868. PDF
  • Peterson, L., DiLillo, D., Lewis, T. L., & Sher, K. J. (2002). Improvement in quantity and quality of prevention measurement of toddler injuries and parental interventions. Behavior Therapy, 33, 271-297. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Peterson, L., & Farmer, J. E. (2002). Injury and poisoning. In T. J. Boll, S. Bennett-Johnson, N. Perry, & R. H. Rozensky (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Health Psychology. (Vol. 1, pp. 555 - 582). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association Press.
  • DiLillo, D., Damashek, A., & Peterson, L. (2001). Maternal use of baby walkers with young children: Recent trends and possible alternatives. Injury Prevention, 7, 223-227. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., & Tremblay, G. C. (2001). Maternal and child reports of behavioral compensation in response to safety equipment usage. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 26, 175-184. PDF
  • Cook, S., Peterson, L., & DiLillo, D. (1999). Fear and exhilaration in response to risk: An extension of a model of injury risk in a real world context. Behavior Therapy, 30, 5-15. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., Potts, R., & Himes, S. (1998). Predictors of children's risk appraisals. Journal of Applied Developmental Psychology, 19, 415-427. PDF
  • Potts, R., Martinez, I. G., Schwarz, L. K., DiLillo, D., & Swisher, L. C. (1997). Cross-validation of the Injury Behavior Checklist in a school-age sample. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 32, 533-540. PDF
Other Publications
  • DiLillo, D., & Tremblay, G. C. (2009). How should the effectiveness of the EPPP be judged? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 40, 345-347.
  • DiLillo, D., & Tremblay, G. C. (2009). John B. Watson. In Richard Shweder (Ed.), The Child: An Encyclopedic Companion. (p. 1026). Chicago, IL: University of Chicago Press.
  • DiLillo, D., & McChargue, D. E. (2007). Implementing elements of evidence-based practice into scientist-practitioner training at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 63, 671-684. PDF
  • DiLillo, D. , DeGue, S., Cohen, L., & Morgan, R. (2006). The path to licensure for academic psychologists: How tough is the road? Professional Psychology: Research and Practice37, 567-586. PDF
  • DiLillo, D., & Tremblay, G. C. (2005). Introduction to Special Issue: Lizette Peterson: A collaboration of passion and science. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 1-3. PDF
  • Cohen, L. M., Morgan, R. D., DiLillo, D., & Flores, L. Y. (2003). Why was my major professor so busy? Establishing an academic career while pursuing applied work. Professional Psychology: Research and Practice, 34, 88-94. PDF
  • Gard, G., Tremblay, G. C., DiLillo, D., & Pantesco, V. (2002). Facilitating research in training clinics: Aspiring to the scientist-practitioner ideal. The Behavior Therapist, 25,103-106.
  • DiLillo, D., & Peterson, L. (2001). Behavior therapy with children. In the International Encyclopedia of the Social and Behavioral Sciences. (Vol. 2, pp. 1086 - 1090). New York: Elsevier.
  • DiLillo, D., & Peterson, L. (2000). Prevention of disorders in childhood. In C. E. Walker & M. C. Roberts (Eds.), Handbook of Clinical Child Psychology (pp. 974 - 988). New York: John Wiley.
  • Tremblay, G. C., & DiLillo, D. (1999). Review of K. Sowers-Hoag and D. F. Harrison "Finding an Academic Job." Behavior Therapist, 22, 101.
Research Funding

Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Project: Sexual Revictimization: Emotional and Psychosocial Mediators
Type: R01 HD062226-01A2
Role: PI
Amount: $ 3,135,821 total
Dates: 7/1/10 - 6/30/15

Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Project Title: Family Functioning of Adults Maltreated as Children
Type: K01 Award
Role: PI
Amount: $629,000 direct
Dates: 3/03 - 2/08

Graduate Student Grants

Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Proposal: Revictimization, Emotion Regulation, and PTSD
Type : Ruth L. Kirchstein National Research Service Award (F31 MH081629-01A2)
Role: Faculty Sponsor (PI - Kate Walsh)
Dates: 9/08 - 8/10

Source: National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (NICHD)
Proposal: Resiliency to Child Maltreatment: The Role of Observational Spousal Social Support
Type: National Research Service Award (F31 HD058478 - 01)
Role : Faculty Sponsor (PI - Sarah Evans)
Dates: 3/08 - 3/10

Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Proposal: Efficacy of Treatments for Sexually Abused Children: A Meta-Analysis
Type: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31 MH080533)
Role: Faculty Sponsor (PI - Emily Trask)
Dates: 9/07 - 9/09

Source: National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH)
Proposal: Examining a Predictive Model of Male Sexual Coercion
Type: Ruth L. Kirschstein National Research Service Award (F31 MH071081)
Role: Faculty Sponsor (PI - Sarah DeGue)
Dates: 6/04 - 9/05


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