Joanne Davila, Ph.D.
University of CA, Los Angeles (1993)
Dr. Davila will be reviewing applications for admission for Fall 2022. However, due to funding and other issues, the likelihood that she will be able to admit a student is low. Please see her lab website (click the link to the right) for more detailed information.
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. https://doi.org/10.1017/jrr.2020.3
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. https://doi.org/10.1080/15299716.2020.1743402
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
TEDx talk "Skills for Healthy Romantic Relationships" https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gh5VhaicC6g
Skills for Healthy Relationships website: http://www.skillsforhealthyrelationships.com/
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.