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Cindy L. Miller-Perrin Faculty Profile

Cindy L. Miller-Perrin

Distinguished Professor of Psychology
Social Science Division, Seaver College
APC 249

Biography

Dr. Cindy Miller Perrin earned her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Washington State University and is currently Distinguished Professor of Psychology at Pepperdine University. She enjoys teaching undergraduates and is the recipient of the 2008 Howard A. White Award for Teaching Excellence at Pepperdine. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who has worked with maltreated and developmentally delayed children and their families. Dr. Miller-Perrin has authored numerous journal articles and book chapters covering a range of topics, including child maltreatment, family violence, interventions to reduce physical punishment of children, vocation and life purpose, and faith development in college students. She has co-authored five books, including Violence and Maltreatment in Intimate Relationships (with R. Perrin and C. Renzetti, 2017), Why Faith Matters: A Positive Psychology Perspective (with E. Krumrei, 2014), Family Violence Across the Lifespan (with O. Barnett & R. Perrin, Sage 1997, 2005, 2011), Child Maltreatment (with R. Perrin, Sage 1999, 2007, 2013), and Child Sexual Abuse: Sharing the Responsibility (with S. Wurtele, University of Nebraska Press, 1992). She serves on the editorial boards of Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, and Trauma, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma, and Advances in Child and Family Policy and Practice. She is a Fellow of the American Psychological Association (APA) and has served as the President of the Section on Child Maltreatment and President of Division 37's Society for Child and Family Policy and Practice of APA.

Education

  • Postdoctoral Fellow, University of Washington, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, 1991, 1992
  • PhD, Clinical Psychology, Washington State University, 1991
  • MS, Clinical Psychology, Washington State University, 1987
  • BA, Psychology, Pepperdine University, 1983, Magna Cum Laude
  • Miller-Perrin, C. & Perrin, R. (in press). Alternative Biblical Interpretations Intervention. In E. Gershoff and S. Lee (Eds.), Effective approaches to reducting physical punishment and teaching disciplinary alternatives: A guide for clinicians, practitioners, and policymakers. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association. 
  • Miller-Perrin, C. (in press). Child abuse and neglect. In J. J. Ponzetti (Ed.), Macmillan encyclopedia of intimate and family relationships: An interdisciplinary approach. Farmington Hills, MI: Macmillan/Cengage Learning.
  • Miller-Perrin, C., & Perrin, R. (2018). Physical Punishment of Children by U.S. Parents: Moving Beyond Debate to Promote Children's Health and Well-Being. Psychology Research and Review (Psicologia: Reflexao e Critica), 31(16), 1-7, . DOI: 10.1186/s41155-018-0096-x
  • *Ashlock, L., Miller-Perrin, C., & Mancuso, E. (in press). The Effectiveness of Structured Coloring Activities for Anxiety Reduction. Art Therapy: Journal of the American Art Therapy Association.
  • Miller-Perrin, C., & Rush, R. (in press). Professional Attitudes, Practices, and Ethical Beliefs of Psychologists Related to Spanking: A Survey of Members of Ten American Psychological Association Divisions. Psychology, Public Policy, and the Law.
  • Miller-Perrin, C., & Wurtele, S. K. (2017). Sex trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children. Women and Therapy, 40:1-2, 123-151.
  • *Virzi, N., Rouse, S., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2018). The relationship between extraversion and listening comprehension under high- and low-salience visual distraction conditions. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.
  • *Jory, K., Trammell, J., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2018). Marital satisfaction: The role of post-formal thought and partner blame. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research.
  • *Furman, M., Joseph, N., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2018). Associations between coping strategies, perceived stress, and health indicators. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 23(1), 61-71.*

  • Gutierrez, N., Krumrei-Mancuso, E.J., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2017). The relationship between religiousness and friendship quality. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 22 (2), 114-120.*

  • Larona, R. T., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2016). Parent and child knowledge and attitudes toward mental illness: A preliminary study. Psi Chi Journal of Psychological Research, 21(3).

 *Designates student author.

 

  • American Psychological Association Fellow (2013)
  • Howard A. White Teaching Excellence Award (2008)
  • Pro Humanitate Literary Award (2007)
  • American Psychological Association (APA)
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children
  • Association for Psychological Science
  • Christian Association for Psychological Studies
  • International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect
  • Western Psychological Association
  • Mahoney, A., Rosenkrantz, D. E., Miller-Perrin, C., Perrin, R., Regas, & Brelsford, G. M. (2018). Religious Values and Parenting – A Literature Review, New Findings, and Consultation Suggestions. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, San Francisco, August 9-12.
  • *McCreary, C., Miller-Perrin, C., & Trammell, J. (2018). Past Sports Participation, Self-Efficacy, Goal Orientation, and Academic Achievement Among College Students. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological ScienceConvention, San Francisco, May 24-27.
  • *Stroot, E. M., Miller-Perrin, C., & Harriger, J. (2018). The Impact of Intelligence on Initial Attraction Among High and Low Risk Takers. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, San Francisco, May 24-27.
  • *Pfund, G., Miller-Perrin, C., & Rouse, S. V. (2018). Factors Associated with Academic Stimulant Misuse in College Students. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, San Francisco, May 24-27.
  • *Swanson, S., Miller-Perrin, C., & Joseph, N. (2018). Evaluating Health Orientations: Medical Maximizers-Minimizers, Social Cognitive Theory, and Health-Protective Behaviors. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, San Francisco, May 24-27.
  • *Hallock, T., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2018). The Relationship Between College Study Abroad and Perceptions of Self-Confidence and Confident Behavior. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, San Francisco, May 24-27.
  • *McCreary, C., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2018). The Moderating Effect of Perceived Life Purpose Barriers and Mentoring Guidance on the Relationship Between Well-being and General Life Purpose Among College Students. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, San Francisco, May 24-27.
  • *Pfund, G., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2018). Faith Community Involvement: Impact on Loneliness, Life Purpose, and Well-Being in College Students. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, San Francisco, May 24-27.
  • Miller-Perrin, C. & Perrin, R. (2018). Changing Attitudes About Spanking Using Alternative Biblical Interpretations Among Young Adult Korean Conservative Protestants. 25th Annual Colloquium of the American Professional Society on Abused Children, New Orleans, June 13-16.
  • Lin, J., Gershoff, E., Knox, M., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2017). Physical Punishment by Parents: Predictors, Outcomes, and Implications for Intervention. Symposium presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC, August 3-6.
  • *Wick, M., Miller-Perrin, C., & Harriger, J. (2017). The Relationship Between Instagram Photo Editing and Undergraduate College Women's Body Dissatisfaction. Poster presented at the American Association Convention, Washington, DC, August 3-6.
  • *Virzi, N., Rouse, S., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2017). The Relationship Between Extraversion and Listening Comprehension Under High and Low-Salience Visual Distraction Conditions. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC, August 3-6.
  • *Ashlock, L., Miller-Perrin, C., & Krumrei-Mancuso, E. (2017). The Effectiveness of Coloring Methods for Anxiety Reduction. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC, August 3-6.
  • *Pfund, G., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2017). The Impact of Faith Community Involvement on Loneliness, Well Being, and Life Purpose. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC, August 3-6.
  • *Jory, K., Miller-Perrin, C., & Trammell, J. (2017). Marital Satisfaction: The Role of Post-Formal Thought and Partner Blame. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC, August 3-6.
  • * Song, J., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2017). Colorblind Attitudes and Religious Fundamentalism as Predictors of Racial and General Campus Climate Perceptions. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Washington, DC, August 3-6.
  • *Lammert, B., Miller-Perrin, C., & Rouse, S. V. (2017). Seeking the Shield of Faith: The Influence of Defensive Theology on the Development of Religious Fundamentalism Following Mortality Salience. Poster presented at the SPSP Annual Convention, San Antonio, Texas, January 19-21.
  • Miller-Perrin, C. (2016). A Survey of Ethical Beliefs, Attitudes, and Professional Practices of Psychologists on Parental Use of Spanking. Division 37 Presidential Address presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, august 4-7.
  • *Murray, M., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2016). First-Generation College Students and Social Activism. Poster presented at the American Psychological Association Convention, Denver, August 4-7.
  • *Perrin, R. D., Miller-Perrin, C., Song, J., Bruner, R., Rains, S., Thomas, D., & Cope, A. (2016). Changing Attitudes about spanking Using alternative Biblical Interpretations. Paper presented at the Christian Scholars Conference, Nashville, TN, June 8-10.
  • *Ashlock, L., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2016). The impact of studying abroad on identity, spirituality, life purpose, and vocational calling. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, IL, May 26-29.
  • *Shilling, D., Miller-Perrin, C., & Mancuso, E. (2016). The Effect of Mobile Health Applications on Health Behaviors. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, IL, May 26-29.
  • *Idahosa-Erese, E., Mancuso, E., Miller-Perrin, C. & Martinez, T. (2016). Eurocentric Female Facial Features and Attractiveness. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, IL, May 26-29.
  • *Kodama, K., Harriger, J., Mancuso, K., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2016). Positive Attitudes as a Mediator between Moral Disengagement and Cyberbullying Behaviors. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, IL, May 26-29.
  • *Zhang, S., Bui, K., Mancuso, E., & Miller-Perrin, C. (2016). The Reciprocal Relations between Self Compassion and Romantic Relationship Variables. Poster presented at the Association for Psychological Science Convention, Chicago, IL, May 26-29.
  • Miller-Perrin, C., & Perrin, R. (2016). The Bible and Corporal Punishment: Changing Attitudes by Challenging Conservative Christian Understandings. Paper presented at the Christian Association for Psychological Studies International Conference, Pasadena, CA, March 10-12.
  • *Baucum, M., Rouse, S., Miller-Perrin, C., & Mancuso, E. (2016). The Reliability of Crowdsourcing Latent Trait Modeling with Mechanical Turk. Poster presented at the 2016 Annual convention of the Society for Personality and Social Psychology, San Diego, CA, January 29.

*Designates Student Author

Topics

  • Child-clinical psychology
  • Child maltreatment and family violence
  • Faith and spiritual development

Courses

  • Positive Psychology
  • Child Clinical Psychology
  • Introduction to Psychology
  • Advanced Research Seminar