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Dana Weiser

Weiser, Dana
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Texas Tech University
1301 Akron Ave.
HDFS Box 41230
Lubbock, TX 79404-1230

University Profile

Programs involvement
Early Care & Education Bachelor's Degree - Department Chair
Gerontology Graduate Programs - Department Chair
Youth Development Graduate Programs - Department Chair


Dana Weiser joined the Texas Tech Department of Human Development and Family Sciences in 2013. She is also a faculty affiliate in the women’s and gender studies program at Texas Tech. Her program of research mainly focuses on how family experiences shape adults' relationship experiences and sexual behaviors. Her work explores how parents communicate and model behaviors that later influence individuals as they enter their own relationships and become sexually active. Weiser studies how and what families and broader society teach us about infidelity, sexual health, and sexual violence as well as predictors of and reactions to infidelity. Her work utilizes a variety of theoretical perspectives, including feminist theories and social cognitive theory.

At Texas Tech University she has primarily taught:

  • Human Sexuality from a Lifespan Perspective (undergraduate)
  • Development of Intimate Relationships (undergraduate)
  • Research Methods (graduate)

Weiser is an active member of the International Association for Relationship Research and the National Council on Family Relations and will serve as chair of the NCFR Feminism and Family Studies section starting November 2021.


Ph.D. in Interdisciplinary Social Psychology, University of Nevada, Reno, 2012
M.A. in Psychology, California State University, Los Angeles, 2007
B.A. in Psychology (Honors) and Government, Claremont McKenna College, 2005

Weiser, D. A., Lieway, M., Brown, R., Shrout, M. R., Russell, K., Weigel, D. J., & Evans, W. P. (accepted). Parent communication about sexual and relationship violence: Promoting healthy relationships or reinforcing gender stereotypes? Family Relations.

Yuan, S., & Weiser, D. A. (2019). Relationship dissolution following marital infidelity: Comparing European Americans and Asian Americans. Marriage and Family Review, 55, 631-650. doi: 10.1080/01494929.2019.1589614

Weiser, D. A., Niehuis, S., Flora, J., Punyanunt-Carter, N.M., Arias, V. S.*, & Baird, H.R.* (2018). Swiping right: Sociosexuality, intentions to engage in infidelity, and infidelity experiences on Tinder. Personality and Individual Differences, 133, 29-33. doi: 10.1016/j.paid.2017.10.025

Weiser, D. A., & Weigel, D. J. (2017). Exploring intergenerational patterns of infidelity. Personal Relationships, 24, 933–952. doi: 10.1111/pere.12222

Weiser, D. A., Weigel, D. J., Lalasz, C. B., & Evans, W. P. (2017). Family background and propensity to engage in infidelity. Journal of Family Issues, 38, 2083-2101. doi: 10.1177/0192513X15581660

Weiser, D. A. (2017). Confronting myths about sexual assault: A feminist analysis of the false report literature. Family Relations, 66, 44-60. doi: 10.1111/fare.12235

Sharp, E. A., Weiser, D. A., Kelly, R. C., & Lavigne, D. (2017). From furious to fearless: Faculty feminist action in response to rape culture on college campuses. Family Relations, 66¸75-88. doi: 10.1111/fare.12238