Research

My current research focuses on the intersections of consensual non-monogamy (e.g., polyamory, swinging, open relationships) with stigma and minority stress, as well as strengths and resilience factors involved in ameliorating these negative effects.  Other research interests include sexual minorities and alternative sexualities, sex-positivity, mindfulness-based practices, and microaggressions.  I have also published and presented on the topics of school bullying and relational aggression.

Please see my list of academic publications and presentations below, many of which are available for download in PDF.

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ACADEMIC PUBLICATIONS

Witherspoon, R.G., & Theodore, P.S. (n.d.). Predictors of perceived stigmatization and discrimination within a consensually non-monogamous sample. Manuscript in preparation.

Witherspoon, R.G., & Theodore, P.S. (n.d.). A proposed model of polyamorous resilience. Manuscript in preparation

Theodore, P.S., Green, R.J., Chiasson, J., Witherspoon, R.G., & Dilworth, S.E. (n.d.). LGBT curriculum reduces bullying and increases bystander intervention in a predominantly Latino sample. Manuscript in preparation.

Kolmes, K. & Witherspoon, R.G. (n.d.) Therapy with a consensually non-monogamous couple. Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session.

Sprott, R.A., Randall, A., Davison, K., Cannon, N., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2017) Alternative or non-traditional sexualities and therapies: A case report. Manuscript accepted for publication in Journal of Clinical Psychology: In Session.

Burnes, T.R., Singh, A.A., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2017). Sex-positivity and counseling psychology: An introduction to the major contribution. Manuscript accepted for publication in The Counseling Psychologist. **Peer Reviewed**

Burnes, T.R., Singh, A.A., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2017). Graduate counseling psychology training in sex and sexuality: An exploratory analysis. Manuscript accepted for publication in The Counseling Psychologist. **Peer Reviewed**

Witherspoon, R.G. (2016). Using sex-positivity to affirm clients’ sexual and relational diversity. Independent Practitioner, 36(2), 70-73.

Mihalas, S.T., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2013). Clinical and Ethical Considerations of Mindfulness in the Private Practice Setting. Independent Practitioner, Fall 2013, 131-134.

Mihalas, S.T., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2013). A Deeper Look at Utilizing Mindfulness Techniques in Your Private Practice Setting. Independent Practitioner, Summer 2013, 85-89.

Kolmes, K., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2012). Sexual Orientation Microaggressions in Everyday Life: Expanding our Conversations about Sexual Diversity, Parts I & II. Independent Practitioner, Summer 2012, 96-101.

Mihalas, S.T., Witherspoon, R.G., Harper, M.E., & Sovran, B.A. (2012). The moderating effect of teacher support on depression and relational victimization in minority middle school students: Invited special article on love, emotion and pedagogy. International Journal of Whole Schooling, 8, 40-59

ACADEMIC PRESENTATIONS

Witherspoon, R.G. (2016, August). What do we really know about kink? Addressing myths with empirical research. In A. Cerbone (chair), Science, sexuality, and psychotherapy: Alternative expressions. Symposium presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado.

Sprott, R.A., Kolmes, K., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2016, August). 50 shades of grey in therapy: Working with BDSM/kink sexualities and communities.  4-hour CE workshop presented at the 2016 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Denver, Colorado.

Witherspoon, R.G. (2016, February). Predictors of perceived stigmatization within consensually non-monogamous populations. Session presented at the 2016 International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Non-Monogamy, Berkeley, California.

Witherspoon, R.G. (2016, February). Stigmatization of polyamory: Perceptions, predictors, and clinical implications. Session presented at the 2016 International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Non-Monogamy, Berkeley, California.

Witherspoon, R.G., Laurie, A.P., & Shieh, E. (2015, November). New frontiers in sexual and gender diversity. Panel presentation accepted for presentation at the 2015 Unity Conference at Alliant International University, Alhambra, California.

Witherspoon, R.G. (2015, August). Stigmatization of polyamory: Perceptions, predictors, and clinical implications. In M.D. Vaughan (chair), Polyamory: Exploring research and practice with diverse populations. Symposium presented at the 2015 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.

Witherspoon, R.G., & Noviello, N. (2015, August). Predictors of perceived stigmatization within consensually non-monogamous populations. Poster session presented at the 2015 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.

Sprott, R.A., Kolmes, K., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2015, August). 50 shades of grey in therapy: Working with BDSM/kink sexualities and communities. 4-hour CE workshop presented at the 2015 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Toronto, Canada.

Panel Member. (2015, April). Consent, communication, and trust: Non-traditional sexual lifestyle choices and safety, consent, and trust. Speaker’s panel hosted by Long Beach State University, Long Beach, California.

Sprott, R.A., Kolmes, K., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2015, March). 50 shades of grey in therapy: Working with BDSM/kink sexualities and communities. 4-hour CE workshop sponsored by the Community Academic Consortium for Research on Alternative Sexualities (CARAS), San Francisco, California.

Witherspoon, R.G. (2015, January). The Sad State of Graduate Psychology Sexuality Training: Why it’s Important, and How Sex-Positivity Can Help. In T. R. Burnes (chair), Sex-Positivity Without Borders: Bridging Multicultural Psychology and Sexual Liberation. Symposium presented at the 2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Atlanta, Georgia.

Sprott, R.A., Kolmes, K., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2015, January). 50 Shades of Grey in Therapy: Working with BDSM/Kink Sexualities and Communities. Skill Building Workshop presented at the 2015 National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Atlanta, Georgia.

Witherspoon, R.G. (2014, February). The Everyday Oppression of Polyamorous People: Microaggressions, Minority Stress, and Stigma. 50-minute session presented at the 2014 International Conference on the Future of Monogamy and Non-Monogamy, Berkeley, California.

Sprott, R.A., Kolmes, K., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2013, August) 50 Shades of Grey in Therapy: Working with BDSM/Kink Sexualities and Communities. 4-hour CE workshop presented at the 2013 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Honolulu, Hawaii.

Witherspoon, R.G., & Wilson, G. (2013, January). Polyamory as a Cultural Identity: Implications for Clinical Practice. Poster session presented at the 2013 National Multicultural Conference and Summit, Houston, Texas.

Witherspoon, R.G. (2012, August). The New “Normal”? Polyamory and LGBT. In T. R. Burnes (chair), The Revolution Within: Sexpositivity and Celebrating Sex in LGBT Communities. Symposium presented at the 2012 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida.

Witherspoon, R.G., Wilson, G., & Lounsbery, K. (2012, August). A New Concept of Gender Identity: Preparing Future Counselors and Teaching the Teachers. Conversation Hour presented at the 2012 American Psychological Association Annual Convention, Orlando, Florida.

Mihalas, S. T., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2012, February). Youth with Special Needs: Diversity in Understanding and Treatment. Lecture presented at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, Adolescent Grand Rounds, Los Angeles, California: February 10, 2012.

Mihalas, S.T., Harper, M.E., Witherspoon, R.G., & Sovran, B.A. (2012, February).  Perceived Social Support as a Moderating Variable for Bullying Victimization. Paper session presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2012 Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Mihalas, S.T., Sovran, B.A., & Witherspoon, R.G. (2012, February). School Psychologists in Private Practice: Key Variables for Success. Participant Information Exchange session presented at the National Association of School Psychologists 2012 Annual Convention, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

Witherspoon, R.G., Harper, M.E., Sovran, B.A., Mihalas, S.T. (2011, October). Student-Identified Protective Factors Which Mitigate the Harmful Effects of Relational Aggression Victimization. Poster presented at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association 23rd Annual Convention, Los Angeles, California.

Sovran, B.A., Witherspoon, R.G., Harper, M.E., & Mihalas, S.T. (2011, October). Teacher Support as a Moderator Between Relational Victimization and Depression in Middle School Students. Poster presented at Los Angeles County Psychological Association 23rd Annual Convention, Los Angeles, California.

Harper, M.E., Sovran, B.A., Witherspoon, R.G., Mathew, M., Mihalas, S.T. (2011, October). Identified Barriers to Change in a Bullying Prevention Program. Poster presented at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association 23rd Annual Convention, Los Angeles, California.

Witherspoon, R.G. (2011, September). Kink and Counseling: A Primer for Mental Health Practitioners. Lecture presented at the Los Angeles County Psychological Association’s Sexuality & Sex Therapy Special Interest Group, Los Angeles, California: September 23, 2011.