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Heather L. Littleton, Ph.D.
Associate Professor

Office: Rawl 315
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 this year: Yes


Ph.D., Psychology, Virginia Tech (2004)
M.S., Psychology, Virginia Tech (2001)
B.A., Psychology, Clemson University (1999)

Research Interests:

Dr. Littleton is currently involved in several women's health related research projects.

  • A NIMH-funded, randomized clinical trial of a therapist-facilitated, online intervention for women with rape-related PTSD
  • A multi-university, longitudinal investigation of information processing factors following sexual assault and re-victimization risk in college women
  • A longitudinal study of information processing factors and re-victimization risk factors among low SES women recruited from an ob-gyn clinic
  • An evaluation of the rape scripts of European American and African American women

Selected publications in peer refereed journals:

Littleton, H. L., Buck, K. S., Rosman, L., & Grills-Taquechel, A. E. (2012). The From Survivor to Thriver Program: A pilot study of an online program for rape victims. Cognitive and Behavioral Practice, 19, 315-327.

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.

Littleton, H. L., Bye, K. S., Buck, K., & Amacker, A. (2010). Psychosocial stress during pregnancy and perinatal outcomes: A meta-analytic review. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 31, 219-228.

Littleton, H. L., Grills-Taquechel, A. E., & Axsom, D. (2009). Resource loss as a predictor of posttrauma symptoms among college women following the mass shooting at Virginia Tech. Violence and Victims, 24, 669-687.

Littleton, H. L., Axsom, D., & Grills-Taquechel, A. (2009). Sexual assault victims' acknowledgment status and re-victimization risk. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 34-42.


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