Department of Psychology

Tiffany Bainter, Ph.D.  

Assistant Professor of Psychology
TE-Bainter@wiu.edu 
Work: 309-298-1919

 

 

 


Additional Information

Education:

 Dr. Bainter earned her Ph.D. in Psychology from Northcentral University. She graduated from the Clinical/Community Mental Health program at Western Illinois University with an M.S. and received her B.S. from Western Illinois University in Psychology with a minor in Communications. Her dissertation was entitled “Binge Drinking as a Conformity Behavior:  Self-esteem, Social Acceptance and the Sociometer Theory”.  She is a licensed clinical professional counselor in the state of Illinois.

Teaching: 

Dr. Bainter is the Clinical/Community Mental Health Graduate Program Coordinator.  Dr. Bainter teaches undergraduate courses, including PSY 100 Introduction to Psychology; PSY 250 Human Social Behavior; PSY 251 Personality and Adjustment; PSY 334 Perspectives in Substance Abuse. She also teaches graduate courses in the Clinical/Community Mental Health program, including PSY 570 Systems of Psychotherapy and PSY 587 Practicum: Humanistic Therapies. Dr. Bainter also provides supervision and direct therapy services through the WIU Psychology Clinic.

Research:

 Dr. Bainter’s research centers on an exploration of the impact of belongingness needs.  More specifically, her research explores possible relationships among factors such as self-esteem, social acceptance, conformity or personality traits and behavior in young adults.  Historically, her research interests have spanned varied social and clinical topics such as exploring how perceived social support and expressive writing impact mood and how the need to belong motivates behavior, as well as effective strategies in the treatment of eating disorders.

Recent Scholarly Activities:

Gorsuch Bainter, T. E. & Ackerman, M.  (2021). Conformity Behaviors:  A qualitative phenomenological exploration of binge drinking among female college students.  International Journal of Mental Health and Addiction, doi:10.1007/s11469-021-00501-6

Gorsuch Bainter, T. E. (2021).  Self-Esteem and Binge Drinking.  Poster presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Virtual Conference.

 Gorsuch Bainter, T. E. & Hetzel-Riggin, M. D. (2021).  Illicit, Prescription, and Over-the-Counter Substance Use in Undergraduates.  Poster presented at the 93rd Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Virtual Conference.

Ackerman, M. & Gorsuch Bainter, T.E.(2020).  The impact of self-esteem on binge drinking.  Poster presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago IL. 

 Tucker, A., Gorsuch Bainter, T.E. &Ackerman, M. (2020).  Binge drinking:  Not just an attempt to fit in, but an attempt to increase self-esteem.  Poster presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago IL. (Conference held virtually due to COVID-19) 

Gorsuch Bainter, T.E. & Ackerman, M. (2020).  An Awareness of a Relationships between Self-Esteem and Relational Value.  Poster presented at the 32nd annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago IL. 

Valentine, T., Gorsuch Bainter, T. E. &Ackerman, M. (2020). The impact of being ignored on self-perceived relational value. Poster submitted for presentation at the 32nd annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Chicago IL. 

Keefe, K., Hammersley, J., Sizemore, S., Gorsuch Bainter, T. & Najkek, R. (2020). Presenting Symptoms and Psychological      Treatment Outcomes Among First Generation and Non-First Generation College Students.  Journal of College Student Psychotherapy. doi:10.1080/87568225.2020.1791775

Bainter, T. E. & Ackerman, M. (2019).  Binge drinking as a conformity behavior.  Paper presented at the 91st Annual Meeting of the Midwestern Psychological Association, Chicago IL.