Florida International University

Ph.D. Psychology (Anticipated 2025)

Major Area: Developmental Psychology

Southeast Missouri State University

B.S. (Honors) Psychology, May 2020

Minor: Family Studies

Randi is a first year doctoral student studying Developmental Science, with an emphasis on applied social development. Her research uses feminist theory to examine gender roles and norms, and how these social constructs inform the responses to, and perceptions of, sexual violence in persons of marginalized populations. Special topics of interest include help-seeking behaviors, possible limitations of social and professional supports, and population concerns with discrimination in culturally normative support systems.

CURRENT PROJECTS

Master’s Thesis: Examining Help-Seeking Behaviors of LGBTQ Victims of Cyber Sexual Violence.

This qualitative study examines the help-seeking behaviors of LGBTQ+ persons who experienced one or more instances of cyber sexual violence in 2020-21. Using one-on-one interviews, I am documenting the experiences of this population, seeking cohesive themes to better understand what supports or services are accessed by these persons, and any limitations or frustrations they have experienced as a result of their experience of cyber sexual violence.

Campus Climate Survey: Consent and Sexual Safety.

In conjunction with the Campus Violence Prevention Program at Southeast Missouri State University, this ongoing project uses an online student campus climate survey to examine Southeast students’ current perceptions of sexual safety and responsibilities on campus, as well as their understanding and perceptions of the Title IX adjudication process. This survey uses materials adapted from validated climate survey tools as well as original scenarios to better understand how students perceive sexual consent and violence. Data collected is being used to fill gaps in the literature around predicting reporting behaviors among college students, and to help create campus-wide interventions aimed at reducing sexual violence.

PUBLICATIONS

Spiker, R. (2019). Male rape myth – the role of gender role conformity in men’s perceptions of male rape. Manuscript submitted for publication.

ORAL PRESENTATIONS  

Spiker, R. & Chin, E.G. (2019, September). An examination of self-efficacy and loneliness as predictors of PTSD symptoms. MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference, Kansas City, MO.

POSTER PRESENTATIONS   

Thrower, A.Q., Spiker, R., Golden, M., & Chin, E.G. (2021, April).  Would you report it? Predicting sexual violence reporting among college students. Midwest Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL.

Spiker, R. (2020, April).  Male rape myth – the role of gender role conformity in men’s perceptions of male rape.  Midwest Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL. (Conference canceled).

Chin, E. G., & Spiker, R. (2020, April).  Cross-cultural psychometric investigation of the PTSD Checklist for DSM-5. Midwest Psychological Association Conference, Chicago, IL. (Conference canceled).

Spiker, R., & Chin, E.G. (2019, November). An examination of self-efficacy and loneliness as predictors of PTSD symptoms. Annual Biomedical Research Conference for Minority Students, Anaheim, CA.

Spiker, R. (2019, April). The kids are alright: A review of the psychosocial outcomes for children raised by LGBTQ+ parents. Student Research Conference, Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO.

GRANTS AND AWARDS  

  • Thrower, A.Q., Spiker, R., Golden, M., & Chin, E. (2020) Campus Climate Survey: Sexual Safety [Grant]. Southeast Missouri State University, Faculty-Mentored Student Research and Creative Activity Grant. $950
  • Spiker, R. (2019) Ronald E. McNair Post-Baccalaureate Achievement Program [Fellowship]. Southeast Missouri State University, $4200
  • P.E.O. Program for Continuing Education Grant (2019). $2000
  • Soroptimist Live Your Dream Award (2019). $1000

LEADERSHIP

  • Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Div. 44), Task Force on Sexism and Cis-Sexism – Member; 2020
  • Psychology Graduate Student Organization – Mentoring Coordinator; 2020-21

SERVICE

Reviewing Experience

Ad hoc reviewer, Psychology of Violence; 2021

University Service

Psychology Graduate Student Organization – Council for Student Organization Representative; 2020-21

Conference Volunteer

MKN McNair Heartland Research Conference, Kansas City, MO – Alum Moderator; September 2020

Southeast Missouri Regional Science Fair, Cape Girardeau, MO – Youth Division Judge, Social Sciences; March 2020

PROFESSIONAL AFFILATIONS

American Psychological Association of Graduate Students

Society for Developmental Psychology (APA Div. 07)

Society for the Psychology of Women (APA Div. 35)

Society for the Psychology of Sexual Orientation and Gender Diversity (APA Div. 44)

Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues

Psi Chi

Other Experiences

Southeast Missouri State University, Cape Girardeau, MO

  • Teaching Assistant
  • Careers in Psychology, Jan 2020 to May 2020
  • Supervisor: Shawn Guiling, Ph.D, Instructor
  • Teaching Assistant
  • Ethics and Diversity in Psychology, Jan 2019 to May 2019
  • Supervisor: Shawn Guiling, Ph.D, Instructor