Lisa DeMarni Cromer


Assistant Professor of Psychology Lorton Hall 302C
Office: 918-631-2267 Lab: 918-631-3242

Adversity, chronic life stress (e.g., poverty), and potentially traumatic experiences can all negatively impact human development. Nonetheless, some individuals appear to exhibit resilience to these stressors. I am interested in the bio/psycho/social outcomes of various forms of life stress, and the factors that promote resilience in the face of adversity. I seek to understand the impact of extreme stress by indexing biological (e.g., cortisol), psychological (e.g., objectively measured executive functioning and subjectively reported measures of stress), and social markers (e.g., attachment relationships). I examine factors promoting resilience, including intervention work to enhance resilience, by conducting selective (i.e., with at risk groups) and indicated (i.e., groups showing early signs) prevention research.

Education and Degrees Earned

  • Ph.D. Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon, 2006
  • M.S. Clinical Psychology, University of Oregon, 2001
  • B.A. Sociology/Anthropology, University of British Columbia, 1989

Previous Teaching Experience

  • 2007-09, Assistant visiting professor, Syracuse University. Psychology of Childhood, Statistical Methods II, and Cognitive Behavior Therapy.
  • 2004-06, Instructor, University of Oregon, Research Methods, Psychology of Trauma, Culture and Mental Health, Clinical Methods and Ethics.
  • 2000-2004, Teaching Assistant, University of Oregon, Research Methods, and Introduction to Statistics.

Previous Relevant Work Experience

  • 2006 – 2007, SUNY Upstate Medical University, Syracuse, NY, Child Psychiatry Department, APA approved doctoral clinical internship (child track)

Professional Affiliations

  • Licensed Clinical Psychologist in Oklahoma
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • APA Division 56 (Trauma Psychology)
  • APA Division 35 (Psychology of Women) 
  • International Society of Trauma Stress Studies
  • American Psychosomatic Society
  • Advisory Board Member: Leadership Council on Child Abuse and Interpersonal Violence

Courses Taught at TU

  • Foundations of Psychology (PSY 2253)
  • Developmental Psychology (PSY 3063)
  • Professional Psychology Ethics and Law (PSY 7543)
  • Psychological Interventions II (PSY 8063)

Awards & Recognition

  • Awarded by Division 56 (Trauma) of the American Psychological Association, 2012.
  • Health Research Funding Competition for the study: Treating Trauma-Related Nightmares in Children Aged 8-12.
  • 2005


  • Who says: “No Fair!”? What Personality and an Experiment in Educational Value Tell Us about Perceptions of Costs and Benefits of Research Pool Requirements
    Cromer, L. D., Reynolds, S. M., & Johnson, M. D. (In Press), Sept 4, 2012.
  • A Case Series: Cognitive-Behavioral Treatment (Exposure, Relaxation, and Rescripting Therapy) of Trauma-Related Nightmares Experienced by Children
    Fernandez, S., Cromer, L.D., Borntrager, C., Swopes, R. & Davis, J. L. (2012) Clinical Case Studies, 12, 39-59.
  • Research ethics in victimization studies: Widening the lens
    Cromer, L.D., & Newman, E. (2011) Violence Against Women, 17, 1536-48.
  • Child sexual abuse myths: Attitudes, beliefs, and individual differences.
    Cromer, L.D., & Goldsmith, R.E. (2010). Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Special Issue: Forensic Issues and Disclosures.
  • Making meaning of trauma: Trauma exposure doesn't tell the whole story
    Cromer, L. D., & Smyth, J. M. (2009). Journal of Contemporary Psychotherapy 40 (2), 65-72.
  • What influences believing abuse reports? The roles of depicted memory persistence, participant gender, trauma history, and sexism
    Representative Journal Article:Cromer, L.D. & Freyd, J.J. (2007).P sychology of Women Quarterly, 31, 13-22.
  • The relationship between executive attention and dissociation in children
    Cromer, L.D., & Stevens, C. D., DePrince, A.P. & Pears, K. (2006). Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 7(4), 135-153. Dr. Philip Coons served as action editor.
  • Exploring Dissociation: Definitions, Development, and Cognitive Correlates.
    Book:DePrince, A.P. & Cromer, L.D. (Eds.). (2006). New York: Haworth Press.
  • What’s the risk in asking?
    Cromer, L.D., Freyd, J.J., Binder, A., DePrince, A.P., & Becker-Blease, K.A (2006). What’s the risk in asking? Participant reaction to trauma history questions compared with other personal questions. Ethics & Behavior, 16(4), 347-362.