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Steven A. Miller, PhD

Associate Professor

Dr. Steven A. Miller is an Associate Professor of Psychology. He received his PhD in Social Psychology from Loyola University Chicago. Additionally, he holds M.S. degrees from Illinois State University and Loyola University Chicago in Psychology and Mathematics with specializations in Clinical Psychology and Probability and Statistics, respectively.

Dr. Miller joined the faculty of RFUMS in 2013. His research focuses on personality characteristics/individual differences and emotional experiences, as well as on anxiety and emotional disorders and the relation between them. He also has interests in social cognitive models of personality, the application of quantitative methodology to applied psychological questions, and the evaluation of novel data analytic techniques.

Within the psychology department, Dr. Miller teaches courses in multivariate statistics, longitudinal models, categorical data analysis, and history and systems of psychology. He also serves as a statistics consultant for RFUMS.

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Are You a Prospective Graduate Student?
Dr. Miller will not have an opening for a new student for fall 2021. Do you have questions regarding the admission process or what it is like working with Dr. Miller? E-mail current lab members Lauren DrandorffBrandon Reed, Maggie AbrahamKarol GrotkowskiSophie LeibGreg ObertErin Gandelman,George BateMarianne Chirica, Aamina Khan, or Victoria Sardella to gain a student’s perspective.


  1. The relationship between personality characteristics/individual differences (especially expectancy and belief) and emotional experiences
  2. Emotion, both in the general population and in individual with psychopathology
  3. Comparing models of the structure of psychological constructs (e.g. factors, classes, factor mixtures, networks, etc.)
  4. History/philosophy of both psychology specifically and science in general
  5. Application of novel quantitative methodology to applied psychological questions


Tran, S. T., Grotkowski, K. G.*, Miller, S. A., Reed, B. W.*, Koven, M. L.*, Buscemi, J., & Greenley, R. N. (in press). Hassles predict physical health complaints in undergraduate students: A dynamic structural equation model analysis of daily diary data. Psychology and Health. doi: 10.1080/08870446.2020.1800010.

Feldman, E. C. H.*, Macauley, T. M.*, Tran, S. T., Miller, S. A., Buscemi, J. B., & Greenley, R. N. (2020). Relationships between Disease Factors and Social Support in College Students with Chronic Physical Illnesses. Children's Health Care, 49(3), 267-286. doi: 10.1080/02739615.2020.1723100. 

Kruger, D. J., Kruger, J. S.*, Jordan, T., Sheu, J.-J., Glassman, T., & Miller, S. A. (2020). Life history speed mediates the relationship between environmental conditions, health-related behaviors, and self-reported health. EvoS Journal: The Journal of the Evolutionary Studies Consortium, 9, 118-133.

Reed, B. W.*, Miller, S. A., Bobak, T. J., Steven, E., & Jason, L. A. (2020). The experience of smoking in recovery settings: An ecological momentary assessment pilot study. Journal of Social Work Practice in the Addictions, 59, (1, Special Issue), 59-72. doi: 10.1080/1533256X.2020.1710080.

Aase, D.M., Akagi, K., Tan, M., Maucieri, L., Miller, S.A., Rog, L., Greenstein, J., Jason, L.A., Phan, K.L., & Pliskin, N.H. (2019). Social cognition performance in AUD and a no-AUD comparison group: A pilot study [Published Abstract]. Journal of the International Neuropsychological Society, 25(S1), 78. 

Grotkowski, K.*, & Miller, S. A. (2019). Optimists or optimistic: Replication of a taxometric study on optimism. Journal of Research in Personality. doi: 10.1016/j.jrp.2019.103854. 

Gorin, H. M.*, Kosson, D. S., Miller, S. A., Fontaine, N. M. G., Vitaro, F, Séguin, J. R., Boivin, M., Côté, S., & Tremblay, R. E. (2019). Psychopathic traits in middle childhood: Evidence of a hierarchical three-factor structure. Psychopathology and Behavioral Assessment. doi: 10.1007/s10862-019-09733-2.

Shuman, M., Chukwu, A.*, VanVeldhuizen, N.*, & Miller, S. A. (2019). Relationship between mirtazapine dose and incidence of adrenergic side effects: An exploratory analysis. Mental Health Clinician, 9(1), 41-47. doi: 10.9740/mhc.2019.01.041.

Kern, D.*, Busch, A., Schneider, K. S., Miller, S. A., Appelhans, B., Waring, M. E., & Whited, M. C. (2019), Psychosocial factors associated with treatment outcomes in women with obesity and Major Depressive Disorder who received behavioral activation for depression. Journal of Behavioral Medicine. doi: 10.1007/s10865-018-9993-9.

Plevinsky, J. M.*, Wojtowicz, A. A.*, Miller, S. A., & Greenley, R. N. (2019). Longitudinal barriers to thiopurine adherence in adolescents with Inflammatory Bowel Diseases. Journal of Pediatric Psychology, 44(1), 52-60. doi: 10.1093/jpepsy/jsy062. 

Miller, S. A., & Grotkowski, K.* (2018). Physiological hyperarousal (2018). In V. Zeigler-Hill & T. K. Shackelford (Eds.). Encyclopedia of Personality and Individual Differences. New York: Springer. doi: 10.1007/978-3-319-28099-8_453-1. 

Kosson, D. S., McBride, C. K., Miller, S. A., Riser, N. R. E., & Whitman, L. A. (2018). Attentional bias following frustration in youth with psychopathic traits: Emotional deficit versus negative perception. Journal of Experimental Psychpathology. doi: 10.5127/jep.060116

Aiello, S.*, Perez, M., Cogan, C., Baetiong, A., Miller, S. A., Radhakrishnan, J., Kaufman, C. L., Gazmuri, R. J. (2017). Real-time ventricular fibrillation amplitude-spectral area analysis to guide timing of shock delivery improves defibrillation efficacy during CPR in swine. Journal of the American Heart Association, 6(11), e006749. doi: 10.1161/JAHA.117.006749

Fowler, D. R., Weber, E. N., Klappa, S. P., & Miller, S. A. (2017). Replicating future orientation: Investigating hope, optimism, and their subscales through replication and expansion. Personality and Individual Differences, 116, 22-28.

Kruger, D. J., & Miller, S. A. (2017). Perceptions of attractiveness and parental dependency mediate the relationship between actual parental dependency and human caregiving intentions for non-mammalian infants. Evolutionary Psychological Science, 3(2), 141-146.

Longley, S. L., Miller, S. A., Broman-Fulks, J., Calamari, J. E., Holm-Denoma, J. M., & Meyers, K. (2017). Taxometric analyses of higher-order personality domains. Personality and Individual Differences, 108, 207-219.

Kruger, D. J., & Miller, S. A. (2016) Non-mammalian infants dependent on parental care elicit greater kindchenschema-related perceptions and motivations in humans. Human Ethology Gulletin, 31(3), 15-24.

Segal, N. L., Li, N. P., Graham, J. L., Miller, S. A., & McGuire, S. A. (2016). Virtual twins: Individual differences and evolutionary perspectives. Personality and Individual Differences, 101, 513-514.

Fowler, D., Cantos, A., & Miller, S. A. (2016). Exposure to violence, typology, and recidivism in a probation sample of domestic violence perpetrators. Child Abuse and Neglect, 59, 66-77.

Hinrich, A. J., Jodelka, F. M., Brutman, D., Bruno, A., James, B. D., Stutzmann, G. E., Bennett, D. A., Miller, S. A., Rigo, F., Marr, R. A., & Hastings, M. L. (2016). Therapeutic correction of deregulated ApoER2 splicing in Alzheimer's disease using antisense oligonucleotides. EMBO Molecular Medicine, 8(4), 328-345.

DiGangi, J. A., Goddard, A. J., Miller, S. A., Leon, G., & Jason, L. A. (2016). Differences in PTSD symptomatology among Latinos with childhood and adult trauma: The moderating effect of acculturation. Journal of Addiction & Neuropharmacology, 3, 009.

Walter, J., Kahn, S., Noe, J., Schurman, J., Miller, S. A., & Greenley, R. (2016). Feeling fine: Anxiety and depressive symptoms in youth with IBD. Inflammatory Bowel Diseases, 22(2), 402-408.

Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., Ram, D., Miller, S. A., Beasley, C. R., Gleason, K. (2016). Theories in the field of community psychology. [Special issue]. Global Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 7(2), 1-27.

Jason, L. A., Stevens, E., Ram, D., Miller, S. A., Beasley, C. R., Gleason, K. (2016). Our reflections on the reactions to "Theories in the Field of Community Psychology." [Special issue]. Journal of Community Psychology Practice, 7(2), 1-9.

Goldner, J.S., Richards, M.H., Quimby, D., Zakaryan, A., Miller, S. A., Dickson, D. & Chilson, J. (2016). Relations of parenting to adolescent externalizing and internalizing distress moderated by perception of neighborhood danger. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 45(2), 141-154.

Leon, S. C., Miller, S. A., Stoner, A. M., Fuller, A., & Rolnik, A. M. (2016). Change trajectories: Children's patterns of improvement in acute-stay inpatient care. Journal of Behavioral Health Services & Research, 43(2), 233-245.


Personality and Emotion Research Laboratory

Bill Revelle, the former president of the Association for Research in Personality and of the International Society for the Study of Individual Differences, once wrote, "Personality is to emotion as climate is to weather." Our research laboratory focuses on examining and further understanding this relationship. Specifically, we examine not only the correspondence of emotion to personality, but also on the nature of intra-individual variability and how such patterns may be characteristic of people. Furthermore, we examine roles of situational contingencies and individual expectancies in emotional response. We employ a range of methodologies, from experience sampling studies to laboratory experiments. Please feel free to contact me or lab members with questions about our research projects.