College of Arts & Sciences Clinical Psychology

Raluca Gaher

Raluca Gaher
Assistant Professor
Psychology, College of Arts & Sciences
USD South Dakota Union 107
Phone: 605-677-5353
Teaching Interests:
Teaching undergraduate and graduate classes related to psychopathology, psychotherapy, personality, and psychological research.
Research Interests:
Dr. Gaher's research interests include (1) risk and resiliency factors among OEF/OIF veterans (particularly the mediating and moderating mechanisms explaining the co-occurrence between PTSD and substance use), (2) personality disorders and substance use, (3) military sexual trauma, (4) alcohol related problems among college students, and (5) pathological gambling.
Education:
  • Ph D, Specialty track in Clinical/Disaster Psychology, USD, 2007
  • MS, Counseling and Human Resources, (CACREP Accredited), SDSU, 2002
  • BS, Psychology & French, SDSU, 1999
Research:
  • Traumatic Stress: Neurophysiology, Genomics, and Culture, Division of Services and Intervention Research National Institute of Mental Health
  • , NRSA Fellow, (2004 - 2006)
Grants:
  • Traumatic Stress and alcohol problems: Between- and within- person associations, NIAAA, (2012 - 2016)
  • Neural and behavioral correlates of PTSD and alcohol use, Department of Defense, (2010 - 2012)
Publications:
  • Shishido, H., Gaher, R., Simons, J., (2013), I don’t know how I feel, therefore I act: Alexithymia, urgency and alcohol problems, Addictive Behaviors, vol. 38, pp. 2014-2017.
  • Gaher, R., O'Brien, C., Smiley, P., Hahn, A., , Alexithymia Predicting Coping Style in a Sample of Veterans who Experienced Military Sexual Trauma. , Stress and Health.
  • Arens, A., Gaher, R., Simons, J., Dvorak, R., , Child maltreatment and non-suicidal self-injury: A negative binomial hurdle model for mediating constructs. , Child Abuse and Neglect.
  • Gaher, R., Hofman, N. L., Simons, J., Hunsaker, R., (2013), Emotion regulation deficits as mediators between trauma exposure and borderline symptoms, Cognitive Therapy and Research, vol. 37, pp. 466-475.
  • Arens, A. M., Gaher, R., Simons, J., (2012), Child maltreatment and deliberate self-harm among college students: Testing mediation and moderation models for impulsivity, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, vol. 82, pp. 328-337.
  • Simons, J., Gaher, R., Wray, T. B., Reed, R. N., (2012), College student drug use: Prevalence and consequences, Wiley, pp. 3-52.
Awards and Honors:
  • 2012-2014 Loan Repayment Program Award for Clinical Researchers, National Institute of Health (NIH) , NIH, 2012
  • Loan Repayment Program Award for Clinical Researchers, National Institute of Health (NIH) , 2010
  • Loan Repayment Program Award for Clinical Researchers, National Institute of Health (NIH) , 2008
  • APA/NIAAA Early Career Investigators Award, 2006
  • APA/NIDA Early Career Investigators Award, 2005
  • Morgan Fellow, Disaster Mental Health Institute, USD, 2004
  • NIH Ruth L. Kirschstein , National Research Service Award (NRSA) , 2004
  • Morgan Fellow, Disaster Mental Health Institute, USD, 2003
  • DMHI Fellow, Disaster Mental Health Institute, USD, 2002
  • DMHI Fellow, Disaster Mental Health Institute, USD, 2001
  • Phi Kappa Phi Honor Society, SDSU, 2000
Presentations:
  • Gaster, S., Hansen, J., Hunsaker, R., Gaher, R. (2014, August). From Victim to Perpetrator: The Mediating Role of Personality and Interpersonal Style. . Presented at the American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C..
  • Hahn, A., Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2014, August). Distress Tolerance, Negative Control, and Alcohol Problems in College Students. . Presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Washington, DC.
  • Hockings, E., Gaher, R., Gaher, R. M. (2014, August). Attachment style as a mediator between childhood maltreatment and the experience of betrayal trauma as an adult.. Presented at the American Psychological Association Convention , Washington DC.
  • Clarke, C. J., Spelman, P. J., Emery, N. N., Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2014, August). Congruence of marijuana use and personal strivings: Ambivalence for change and motives for use. . Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Emery, N. N., Clarke, C. J., Simons, J., Gaher, R. (2014, August). Emotion differentiation and alcohol related problems: The mediating role of urgency. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Tirabassi, C., Caraway, J., Hahn, A., Gaher, R. (2014, August). Women’s Likelihood to Engage in Risky Sex: The Role of Sexual Victimization, PTSD, and Self-Control . Poster accepted at American Psychological Association. Presented at the Annual Meeting American Psychological Association, Washington, D.C. .
  • Hahn, A., Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2014, June). Childhood Trauma and Sexual Risk Taking: The Mediating Role of Alexithymia. . Presented at the American Psychological Society, San Fracisco.
  • Hahn, A., Tirabassi, C., Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2014, June). Sexual Harassmen, Post-Deployment Stress, and Alcohol Problems among OEF/OIF Veterans. . Presented at the American Psychological Society, San Francisco, CA.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2014, June). An experience sampling study of PTSD and alcohol related problems. Presented at the Annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, Bellevue, WA.
  • Forster, G., Olson, D., Baugh, L. A., Hansen, J. M., Gaher, R., Simons, J., Magnotta, V. (2013). Effects of heavy alcohol use on frontal cortex activity and behavior during emotional processing in veterans with PTSD.. Presented at the 43rd Annual Meeting of the Society for Neuroscience, San Diego, CA.
  • Tirabassi, C., Caraway, J., Gaher, R., Hahn, A., (2013, November). Women’s Behavioral Coping to Unwanted Sexual Advances: The role of secondary cognitive appraisals and self-control. . Presented at the The Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, , Nashville, TN.
  • Hahn, A., Gaher, R., Simons, J., (2013, November). PTSD and Alcohol Problems in Returning OEF/OIF Veterans: The Role of Negative Urgency, Post Deployment Social Support, and Post Deployment Stressors.. Presented at the Association of Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies National Convention, Nashville, TN.
  • Hofman, N., Gaher, R., Simons, J., (2013, August). The Role of Emotion Regulation Deficits in the Relationship between Traumatic Experiences and Externalizing and Internalizing Problems. . Presented at the American Psychologicla Association National Convention, Honolulu, HI.
  • Reed, R. N., Simons, J., Gaher, R. (2013, August). Effects of PTSD symptom severity on attentional tuning. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Associaiton, Honolulu, HI.
  • Arens, A. M., Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2013, August). Child maltreatment and self-injury: A structural equation model for mediating constructs. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Hunsaker, R., Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2013, August). Journaling, emotional intelligence, and health benefits. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J., Buchkoski, J., Hofman, N. L., Hansen, J. (2013, August). An experience sampling study of PTSD and alcohol related problems. Presented at the Annualconvention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Olson, D., Baugh, L. A., Gaher, R., Simons, J., Magnotta, V., Forster, G. (2012). Neural Imaging: The Effects of Alcohol Use on Emotional Processing in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).. Presented at the School of Health Sciences Research Conference.
  • Gaher, R., Nicole, H. (2012, August). Social Support, Emotional Intelligence, and Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder: A Mediation Analysis.. Presented at the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Gaher, R., Hofman, N., (2012, July). Social support,emotional intelligence,and PTSD: A mediation analysis. Presented at the American Psychological Association, Orlando, FL.
  • Wray, T. B., Simons, J., Dvorak, R. D., Gaher, R. (2012, June). An affective model of alcohol-related risk behaviors in college students.. Presented at the Annual Meeting of the Reseaerch Society on Alcoholism, San Francisco, CA.
  • Olson, D., Baugh, L. A., Gaher, R., Simons, J., Magnotta, V., Forster, G. (2012, May). Neural Imaging: The Effects of Alcohol Use on Emotional Processing in Posttraumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).. Presented at the Sanford-USD Research Symposium, Vermillion.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2011, August). PTSD Symptoms and Alcohol Problems among OEF/OIF Veterans: An Experience Sampling Study. . Presented at the American Psychological Association, Orlando.
  • Reed, R., Hunsaker, R., Gaher, R., Simons, J., Wills, T. A. (2011, August). Self-control, marijuana-related problems, and age of use initiation. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association.
  • Arens, A. M., Simons, J., Gaher, R. (2010, August). Impulsivity as a Mediator between Child Maltreatment and Self-harm.. Presented at the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Arens, A. M., Gaher, R., Shishido, H., Hofman, N. L., Simons, J. (2010, August). Positive and Negative Affect Mediation between Chold ABuse and Alexithymia. Presented at the American Psychological Association, San Diego, CA.
  • Arens, A. M., Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2010, August). Impulsivity as a mediator between childmaltreatment and self-harm. Presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • Arens, A. M., Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2010, August). Impulsivity as a mediator between childmaltreatment and self-harm. Presented at the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • Arens, A. M., Gaher, R., Shishido, H., Hofman, N. L., Simons, J. (2010, August). Positive and negative affect mediation between child maltreatment and alexithymia. Presented at the the American Psychological Association Annual Convention, San Diego, CA.
  • Gaher, R., O'Brien, C., Smiley, P. (2008, August). Alexithymia as a predictor of coping style in a sample of veterans who experienced military sexual trauma. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association Convention, Boston, MA.
  • Gaher, R., O'Brien, C., Smiley, P., Pope, C. (2007, November). Difficulty identifying feelings predicts the persistence of trauma symptoms in a sample of veterans who experienced military sexual trauma. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Association for Advancement of Cognitive and Behavior Therapy, Philadelphia, PA.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2007, August). Sense of control, distress tolerance and cigarettes smoking among college students. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2007, August). Sense of control, distress tolerance, and nicotine dependence among college students.. Presented at the Annual Covnvention of the American Psychological Association, San Francisco, CA.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2006, August). Expectancies and evulations of alcohol problems.. Presented at the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2006, August). Expectancies and evaluations of alcohol problems. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
  • Simons, J., Gaher, R., Oliver, M., Bush, J. A., Palmer, M. A. (2005, November). An experience sampling study of associations between affect and alcohol use and problems among college students. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Washington, DC.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2005, November). Desire for control and alcohol problem recognition among college students. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, Washington, DC.
  • Simons, J., Gaher, R., Oliver, M. N., Bush, J. A., Palmer, M. A. (2005, November). An experience sampling study of asssoctiaons between affect and alochol use and problems among college students.. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cogitive Therapies, Washington, DC.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J. (2005, November). Desire for control and alcohol problem recognition among college students.. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, Washington, DC.
  • Simons, J., Gaher, R., Correia, C. J., Bush, J. A. (2005, August). Club drug use among college students.. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Washington, DC.
  • Simons, J. S., Gaher, R., Jacobs, G. A., Meyer, D., Johnson-Jimenez, E. (2004). Alcohol and PTSD symptoms among Red Cross workers following 9/11/2001. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Simons, J., Gaher, R. (2004, November). The Distress Tolerance Scale: Development and validation of a self-report measure.. Presented at the Annual Meeting of Association for Advancement of Behavior Therapy, New Orleans, LA.
  • Simons, J., Gaher, R., Jacobs, G. A., Meyer, D., Johnson-Jimenez, E. (2004, August). Alcohol and PTSD Symptoms Among Red Cross Workers Following 9/11/2001.. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J., Jacobs, G. A., Meyer, D., Johnson-Jimenez, E. (2004, August). Alcohol Coping Motives Among Red Cross Workers Following 9/11/2001 Response.. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J., Jacobs, G. A., Meyer, D., Johnson-Jimenez, E. (2004, August). Alcohol coping motives among Red Cross workers following the 9/11/2001 response. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Honolulu, HI.
  • Gaher, R., Simons, J. S. (2004, April). Attitudes toward alcohol among college students.. Presented at the Forum for Graduate Student Research and Creative Work.
  • Simons, J. S., Neal, D. J., Gaher, R., Oliver, M. (2003, August). Risk for marijuana-related problems: An application of zero-inflated poisson regression. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association , Toronto, OT.
  • Simons, J., Neal, D. J., Gaher, R., Oliver, M. N. (2003, August). Risk for Marijuana-Related Problems: An Application of Zero-Inflated Poisson Regression.. Presented at the Annual Convention of the American Psychological Association, Toronto, OT.
  • Gaher, R., Reyes, G. (2003, March). Mental health issues among refugee women: Characteristics associated with risk and resiliency. Presented at the One Step Forward: Assessing the Status and Treatment of Women in a New Century.
  • Simons, J. S., Gaher, R. (2002, March). Attitudes toward alcohol and drug-free experience: Relations with alcohol consumption and related Problems. Presented at the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation and Emotion, Lincoln, NE.
  • Simons, J., Gaher, R. (2002, March). Attitudes Toward Alcohol and Drug-free Experience: Relations with Alcohol Consumption and Related Problems.. Presented at the Nebraska Symposium on Motivation and Emotion, Lincoln, NE.
  • Gaher, R. (2001, April). Refugee mental health. Presented at the South Dakota Counseling Association Annual Conference, Rapid City, SD.