Marsha Runtz

Marsha Runtz
Associate Professor

Ph.D. 1992 (Manitoba) joined Department in 1991


On leave to June 30, 2021

Office: COR A194

The main focus of my research is the examination of the long-term clinical implications of child maltreatment and violence against women (including sexual assault and intimate partner violence). I have explored these topics through a series of studies on the psychological sequelae of child sexual, physical, and emotional abuse as well as sexual assault and revictimization across the lifespan.

In addition, I have been looking at variables which mediate or moderate the potential negative outcomes of child maltreatment (e.g., social support, coping, attachment, life stress, PTSD, dissociation, depression, substance abuse).

Recently, I have been exploring the physical and sexual health implications of violence occurring throughout women's lifespan. Other current areas of study include: adult attachment, parental use of physical punishment, and sexual harassment.


  • Clinical psychology
  • Child maltreatment


Godbout, N., Runtz, M., MacIntosch, H., & Briere, J. (2013). Répercussions des traumas interpersonnels sur la relation de couple : Comprendre pour mieux intervener. [Childhood trauma and couple relationships.] Cahier recherché et pratique: Les nouvelles réalités du couple, [Integrating Science and Practice], 3 (2), 14-17.

Hager, A. D., & Runtz, M. G. (2012). Physical and psychological maltreatment in childhood and later health problems in women: An exploratory investigation of the roles of perceived stress and coping strategies. Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 393-403.

Briere, J., Godbout, N., & Runtz, M. (2012). The Psychological Maltreatment Review (PMR): Initial reliability and association with insecure attachment in adults. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 21, 1-21.

Eadie, E. M., Runtz, M. G., & Spencer-Rodgers, J. (2008). Posttraumatic stress symptoms as a mediator between sexual assault and adverse health outcomes in undergraduate women. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 21, 1-8.