College of Arts and Sciences

Department of Psychology

David Marcus

Professor, Director of Clinical Training

Ph.D. Clark University, 1989



Contact Information:

Email: david.marcus@wsu.edu
Office: Johnson Tower 223C
Phone: (509) 335-7750


Classes Taught:

  • Psychology 520: Empirical Approaches to Adult Psychotherapy
  • Psychology 533: Adult Psycholopathology


Research Interests:

Currently, my primary research interests include: (a) psychopathy and other externalizing disorders; (b) interpersonal factors in psychopathology and psychotherapy; and (c) cognitive factors in health anxiety. Much of my research on psychopathy has used Meehl’s taxometric method to examine whether psychopathy and related disorders (e.g., antisocial personality disorder, conduct disorder) exist along a continuum or are discrete, qualitatively distinct conditions.  In other words, this research is interested in the question of whether there are “psychopaths” who are uniquely different from others or whether psychopathy is a dimensional construct.  I am also interested in the behavioral correlates of psychopathic personality traits, such as the association between psychopathy and risky sexual behavior.  My second line of research has involved applying David Kenny’s Social Relations Model to study interpersonal perception and processes in clinical areas such as individual and group psychotherapy. Finally, my research on health anxiety has focused on how dysfunctional beliefs and a ruminative cognitive style contribute to health anxiety.



Selected Publications: (2010-present)

Psychopathy and externalizing behaviors

Marcus, D. K., & *Norris, A. L. (in press). A new measure of attitudes toward sexually predatory tactics and its relation to the triarchic model of psychopathy. Journal of Personality Disorders.

Barry, T.D., Marcus, D. K., Barry, C. T., & Coccaro, E. F. (in press). The latent structure of oppositional defiant disorder in children and adults. Journal of Psychiatric Research.

*Fulton, J. J., Marcus, D. K., & Zeigler-Hill, V. (in press). Psychopathic personality traits predict risky sexual behavior among college-age women. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology.

*Goodlad, J. K., Marcus, D. K., & *Fulton, J. J. (2013). Lead and attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) symptoms: A meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review, 33, 417-425.

Marcus, D. K., *Fulton, J. J., & Edens, J. F. (2013). The two-factor model of psychopathic personality: Evidence from the Psychopathic Personality Inventory. Personality Disorders: Theory, Research, and Treatment, 4, 67-76.

Marcus, D. K., *Norris, A. L., & Coccaro, E. F. (2012). The latent structure of attention deficit/hyperactivity disorder in an adult sample. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 46, 782-789

Marcus, D. K., & Barry, T. D. (2011). Does attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder have a dimensional latent structure? A taxometric analysis. Journal of Abnormal Psychology, 120, 427-442.

Marcus, D. K., *Fulton, J. J., & Turchik, J. A. (2011). Is risky sexual behavior continuous or categorical? A taxometric analysis of the sexual risk survey. Psychological Assessment, 23, 282-286.

Marcus, D. K., *Fulton, J. J., & *Clarke, E. J. (2010). Lead and conduct problems: A meta-analysis. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 39, 234-241.

*Fulton, J. J., Marcus, D. K., & *Payne, K. T. (2010). Psychopathic personality traits and risky sexual behavior in college students. Personality and Individual Differences, 49, 29-33.

Social Relations Model

*Grafeman, S. J., Barry, C. T., Marcus, D. K., & Leachman, L. L. (in press). Interpersonal perception of narcissism in an at-risk adolescent sample: A social relations analysis. Journal of Research on Adolescence.

Marcus, D. K., Kashy, D. A., Wintersteen, M. B., & Diamond, G. S. (in press). The therapeutic alliance in adolescent substance abuse treatment: A one-with-many analysis. Journal of Counseling Psychology, 58, 449-455.


Health Anxiety/Hypochondriasis

*Norris, A. L., & Marcus, D. K. (in press). Cognition in health anxiety and hypochondriasis: Recent advances. Current Psychiatry Reviews.

*Fulton, J. J., Marcus, D. K., & *Merkey, T. (2011). Irrational health beliefs and health anxiety. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 67, 527-538.


Misc Taxometrics

*Mackaronis, J. E., Strassberg, D. S., & Marcus, D. K. (2011). The latent structure of pedophilia as assessed by the Multiphasic Sex Inventory: A taxometric analysis. Psychological Assessment, 23. 1017-1022.

Marcus, D. K., *Fulton, J. J., & Turchik, J. A. (2011). Is risky sexual behavior continuous or categorical? A taxometric analysis of the sexual risk survey. Psychological Assessment, 23, 282-286.

Green, B. A., *Ahmed, A. O., Marcus, D. K., & Walters, G. D. (2011) The latent structure of alcohol use pathology in an epidemiological sample. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 45, 225-233.

Marcus, D. K., Poythress, N. G., Edens, J. F., & Lilienfeld, S. O. (2010). Adjudicative competence: Evidence that impairment in “rational understanding” is taxonic. Psychological Assessment, 22, 716-7 22.

Ruscio, J., Walters, G. D., Marcus, D. K., & Kaczetow, W. (2010). Comparing the relative fit of categorical and dimensional latent variable models using consistency tests. Psychological Assessment, 22, 5-21.


*Denotes student authors
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