Thomas Harriot College of Arts & Sciences

Department of Psychology

Dr. Heather Littleton
Link to the Stress and Coping Lab page.

Heather L. Littleton, PhD
Associate Professor

Office: Rawl 305B
Phone: 252-328-6488
Fax: 252-328-6283

Mailing Address:

104 Rawl Building
Department of Psychology
East Carolina University
Greenville, NC 27858-4353

Willing to consider taking a doctoral student in 2019-20: Yes


PhD, Virginia Tech, Psychology
MS, Virginia Tech, Psychology
BA, Clemson University, Psychology

Research Interests: Dr. Littleton's primary research interests are in the role of social-cognitive factors in recovery from trauma, particularly sexual assault, as well as predictors of risk taking behaviors and re-victimization following sexual assault. In addition, she is interested in the use of technology and alternative interventions to address and prevent PTSD/trauma.

Selected publications in peer refereed journals:

Littleton, H. L., Grills, A. E., Layh, M., & Rudolph, K. (in press). Unacknowledged rape and re-victimization risk: Examination of potential mediators. Psychology of Women Quarterly.

Littleton, H. L., Grills, A. E., Schoemann, A., Drum, K., & Dodd, J. S. (2016). From Survivor to Thriver: Results of an RCT of a therapist-facilitated online intervention for rape victims. Journal of Anxiety Disorders, 43, 41-51.

Littleton, H. L., Grills-Taquechel, A. E., & Drum, K. B. (2014). Predicting risky sexual behavior in emerging adulthood: Examination of a moderated mediation model among child sexual abuse and adult sexual assault victims. Violence and Victims, 29, 981-998.

Littleton, H. L., Grills-Taquechel, A. E., Buck, K. S., Rosman, L., & Dodd, J. C. (2013). Health risk behavior and sexual assault among ethnically diverse women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 37, 7-21.

Littleton, H. L., & Grills-Taquechel, A. E. (2011). Evaluation of an information processing model following sexual assault. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy, 3, 421-429.

Click here for her current vita.