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Joanne Davila, Ph.D.

University of CA, Los Angeles (1993)


Office: Psychology B-313
Phone: (631) 632-7826

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Professor, Clinical Psychology
Department Chair

Dr. Joanne Davila plans to admit a new graduate student pending approval of funding.

Research Interests:

Romantic competence among youth and emerging adults; Teaching healthy relationship skills; Bisexual+ identity and well-being; LGBTQ+ relationships and mental health; Mental health and relationship functioning



Sullivan, K. & Davila, J. (Eds.) (2010). Support processes in intimate relationships. New York: Oxford University Press.

Davila, J. & Lashman, K. (2016). The Thinking Girl's Guide to the Right Guy: How Knowing Yourself Can Help You Navigate Dating, Hookups, and Love. NY: Guilford Press.

Selected Peer Reviewed Journal Articles:

Davila, J., Zhou, J., Norona, J., Bhatia, V., Mize, L., & Lashman, K. (in press). Teaching romantic competence skills to emerging adults: A relationship education workshop. Personal Relationships.

Dyar, C., Feinstein, B. A., Bettin, E., & Davila, J. (in press). Bisexual+ visibility attempts: Associations with minority stress, affect, and substance use in a daily diary study. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Zhou, J., Bhatia, V., Luginbuehl, T, & Davila, J. (2021). The Association between Romantic Competence and Couple Support Behaviors in Emerging Adult Couples. Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 38, 1015-1034.

Cuccì, G., Davila, J., Olivari, M.G., & Confalonieri, E. (2020). The Italian Adaptation of the Romantic Competence Interview: A Preliminary Test of Psychometrics Properties. Journal of Relationships Research 11, 1–9.

Davila, J., Feinstein, B. A., Dyar, C., Jabbour, J. (2020). How, when, and why do bisexual+ individuals attempt to make their identity visible? Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity.

Feinstein, B. A., Xavier Hall, C. D., Dyar, C., & Davila, J. (2020). Motivations for sexual identity concealment and their associations with mental health among bisexual, pansexual, queer, and fluid (bi+) individuals. Journal of Bisexuality.

Feinstein, B. A., Dyar, C., Milstone, J. S., Jabbour, J., & Davila, J. (2020). Use of different strategies to make one’s bisexual+ identity visible: Associations with dimensions of identity, minority stress, and health. Stigma and Health.

Callahan, J. L., Bell, D. J., Davila, J., Johnson, S. L., Strauman, T. J., & Yee, C. M. (2020). The Enhanced Examination for Professional Practice of Psychology: A Viable Approach? American Psychologist, 75, 52-65.

Gruber, J., Borelli, J., Prinstein, M. J., Clark, L. A., Davila, J., Gee, D. G., Klein, D., Levenson, R. W., Mendle, J., Olatunji, B. O., Rose, G. L., Saxbe, D., & Weinstock, L. M. (2020). Best Practices in Research Mentoring in Clinical Science. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 129, 70-81.

Feinstein, B. A., Petruzzella, A., Davila, J., Lavner, J. A., & Hershenberg, R. (2020). Sharing positive experiences related to one’s sexual orientation: Examining the capitalization process in a sample of gay men. Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 7, 40-45.

Zhou, J., & Davila, J. (2020). Romantic Competence Behavior during Problem Solving among Emerging Adult Dating Couples. Personal Relationships.

Davila, J., Jabbour, J., Dyar, C., & Feinstein, B. A. (2019). Bi+ visibility: Characteristics of those who attempt to make their bisexual+ identity visible and the strategies they use. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 48, 199-211. DOI: 10.1007/s10508-018-1284-6

Feinstein, B. A., Davila, J., & Dyar, C. (2017). A weekly diary study of minority stress, coping, and internalizing symptoms among gay men.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 85(12), 1144-1157.

Davila, J., Wodarczyk, H., & Bhatia, V. (2017). Positive emotional expression among couples: The role of romantic competence.  Couple and Family Psychology: Research and Practice, 6, 94-105.

Dyar, C., Feinstein, B.A., Schick, V., & Davila, J. (2017). Minority stress, sexual identity uncertainty, and partner gender decision making among non-monosexual individuals.  Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 4, 87-104.

Davila, J., Mattanah, J., Bhatia, V., Latack, J. A., Feinstein, B. A., Eaton, N. R., Daks, J. Kumar, S., Lomash, E., McCormick, M., & Zhou, J. (2017). Romantic Competence, Healthy Relationship Functioning, and Well-Being in Emerging Adults.  Personal Relationships, 24, 162-184.

Finstein, B. A., Dyar, C., Bhatia, V., Latack, J. A., & Davila, J. (2016). Conservative beliefs, attitudes toward bisexuality, and willingness to engage in romantic and sexual activities with a bisexual partner.  Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 1535-1550.

Feinstein, B. A., Latack, J. A., Bhatia, V., Davila, J., & Eaton, N. R. (2016). Romantic relationship involvement as a minority stress buffer in gay/lesbian versus bisexual individuals.  Journal of Gay and Lesbian Mental Health, 20, 237-257.

Feinstein, B. A., Dyar, C., Bhatia, V., Latack, J. A., & Davila, J. (2014). Willingness to engage in romantic and sexual activities with bisexual partners: Gender and sexual orientation differences.  Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity, 1, 255-262.

Bhatia, V., Davila, J., Eubanks-Carter, C., & Burckell, L. A. (2013). Appraisals of daily romantic relationship experiences in individuals with Borderline Personality Disorder features.  Journal of Family Psychology, 27, 518-524.

Feinstein, B., Goldfried, M., & Davila, J. (2012). The relationship between experiences of discrimination and mental health among lesbians and gay men: An examination of internalized homonegativity and rejection sensitivity as potential mechanisms.  Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 80, 917-927.

Starr, L. R., Davila, J., Stroud, C. B., Li, P. C. C., Yoneda, A., Hershenberg, R., Miller, M.R. (2012). Love Hurts (in More Ways Than One): Specificity of psychological symptoms as predictors and consequences of romantic activity among early adolescent girls.  Journal of Clinical Psychology, 68, 403-420. doi: 10.1002/jclp.20862.

Stroud, C. B., Davila, J., Hammen, C., & Vrshek-Schallhorn, S. (2011). Severe and nonsevere events in first onsets versus recurrences of depression: Evidence for stress sensitization.  Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 142-154.

Hershenberg, R., & Davila, J. (2010). Depressive symptoms and sexual experiences among early adolescent girls: Interpersonal avoidance as a moderator.  Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 39, 967-976.

Davila, J., Stroud, C. B., Starr, L. R., Ramsay Miller, M., Yoneda, A., & Hershenberg, R. (2009). Romantic and sexual activities, parent-adolescent stress, and depressive symptoms among early adolescent girls.  Journal of Adolescence, 32, 909-924.

Starr, L. R., & Davila, J. (2009). Clarifying co-rumination: Association with internalizing symptoms and romantic involvement among adolescent girls.  Journal of Adolescence, 32, 19-37.

Davila, J. (2008). Depressive symptoms and adolescent romance: Theory, research, and implications.  Child Development Perspectives, 2, 26-31

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Current Research Support:

National Institute of Mental Health, Co-I 2 RO1 MH069942. “Temperamental emotionality in preschoolers and depression risk” PI: Daniel Klein, $2,219,747 (direct), May 2014-April 2019.