James Sexton

Assistant Professor of Professional Psychology
135 Old Main

Research Intersts:

  • Attachment (specifically: The interaction of client’s and therapist’s attachment on alliance and outcomes in psychotherapy. The measurement of attachment. Attachment and empathy. Attachment and emotional experience. Attachment and PTSD risk. Sibling attachment. Romantic attachment.)
  • Emotions (specifically: the influence of video games and social media on emotional experience, motivational influences on emotion, mixed emotions, anger management)
  • Depression (specifically: Measuring anaclitic/introjective depression, and the unique effect each has on therapy retention and outcomes).
  • Rorschach (specifically: EII and MOA index predictive validity, R-PAS validity)
  • Self/other perception (specifically: predictors of self/other accuracy, the relationship of self/other accuracy and therapy outcomes, stereotype bias in processing other’s anger).
  • Psychometrics (specifically: scale construction, validity, confirmatory factor analysis, forensic evaluations)


B.S., Interdisciplinary Studies, Western College Program of Miami University
Ph.D., Social Psychology, University of Massachusetts
Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, American University

Office Hours

W: 11:00 AM-12:00 PM; 4:00 PM-5:00 PM.
Also available by appointment Tuesday, Thursday, Friday.

Classes Taught

  • Cognitive Assessment
  • Statistics
  • Research Methods
  • Social Psychology
  • Practica