Distinguished Speaker Series
March 5, 2020 Time: 4:30-6:00pm Location: Student Center Auditorium
“Predictors, consequences, and the prevention of adolescent dating violence”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. Jeff Temple, a Professor and Director of Behavioral Health and Research in the University of Texas Medical Branch Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, as our final speaker in Spring 2020.
Dr. Temple is a Professor, Licensed Psychologist, and Founding Director of the Center for Violence Prevention at the University of Texas Medical Branch. His research focuses on interpersonal relationships, with a particular focus on adolescent dating abuse. His work has been funded through the National Institute of Justice, National Institutes of Health, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. He has nearly 200 scholarly publications in a variety of high-impact journals including JAMA, JAMA Pediatrics, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Pediatrics, and the Journal of Adolescent Health. He recently co-edited a book with Dr. Wolfe on adolescent dating violence. He is an Associate Editor for the Journal of Primary Prevention and is on the editorial boards of five other scientific journals. Dr. Temple recently co-chaired the Texas Task Force on Domestic Violence and is now on the Board of Directors of the Texas Psychological Association and Texans for Safe and Drug Free Youth. Locally, he served as the Vice President of the Galveston Independent School District Board of Trustees. His work has been featured on CNN, New York Times, BBC, Washington Post, and even the satirical website, The Onion.
“Community-Based, Intervention Research in Gender-Based Violence: Lessons Learned and New Opportunities.”
February 6, 2020 Time: 3-4:00pm Location: 1199 Urban Life Building
“Publishing in peer-review journals: Recommendations for success from an editor-in-chief.”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. Rebecca J. Macy, a professor and the L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work as our first speaker of 2020.
Rebecca J. Macy, MSW, PhD, is a professor and the L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. She received her doctoral degree in social welfare from the University of Washington in Seattle. Her program of research comprises 17 years’ experience conducting community-based studies that focus on violence prevention, specifically intimate partner violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and improving services for survivors of violence and trafficking. Dedicated to finding the most effective and feasible strategies, she regularly conducts investigations in community settings, working in collaboration with survivors, service providers, and policy makers. Her research has been supported with funding from foundations, federal agencies, and state agencies. Her research expertise also enriches her teaching in the MSW and PhD programs, particularly her courses in intervention research, quantitative methods, social work practice, as well as trauma and violence. Macy has published 80 peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and invited commentaries, and has given more than 130 peer-reviewed and invited presentations at national and international venues. The rigor of her research and its benefit to practice has been recognized with awards from the North Carolina Division of Public Health– Injury and Violence Prevention Branch, the Office of the UNC Provost, and the Orange County Rape Crisis Center. Since 2017, she has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Family Violence and an academic advisor to the Juvenile and Family Law Research Center at Jinan University–Zhuhai in China. In 2019, she was appointed Guest Professor at Jinan University in Guangdong, China.
“Measurement Science & Sexual Violence: A Call for Innovation”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. RaeAnn Anderson, an Assistant Professor at the University of North Dakota as our second speaker in Fall 2019.
Dr. Anderson received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee in 2015. The primary goal of her research is to identify the psychological and behavioral mechanisms that contribute to sexual violence perpetration and victimization in order to develop prevention and risk reduction interventions, respectively. She sees victimization and perpetration as two sides of the same coin – the public health crisis that is sexual violence – and her research addresses both. A current main focus of her work is improvement the measurement of sexual violence victimization and perpetration in order to better estimate the scope of this problem and the efficacy of interventions. She also conducts lines of research examining the factors that facilitate effective self-defense for women, risk factors for victimization for people who identify as sexual minorities, and malleable risk factors for sexual violence perpetration. She is currently the PI of an NIAAA funded grant to identify high-risk time periods and people for alcohol-facilitated sexual violence; this study one of a handful of longitudinal studies on sexual violence perpetration to ever take place.
“Intimate Partner Violence Experiences of Sexual and Gender Minority Youth assigned Female at Birth”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. Sarah Whitton, a Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Cincinnati and Director of the Today’s Couples and Families Research Program, as our speaker for the start of the 2019 academic year.
Sarah Whitton, PhD, is Professor in the Psychology Department at the University of Cincinnati and Director of the Today’s Couples and Families Research Program. Dr. Whitton’s research is primarily focused on the mental health and close relationships of individuals in marginalized groups, including sexual and gender minorities, stepfamilies, and youth. She has translated her basic research findings into evidence-based relationship education programs for sexual and gender minorities, including LGBT youth and adult same-sex couples. Currently, she is the PI of a federally-funded longitudinal cohort study of sexual and gender minority youth assigned female at birth (which includes sexual minority women, nonbinary AFAB youth, and transmen), which is largely focused on identifying risk and protective factors for intimate partner violence in this at-risk population.
May 23, 2019 Time: 1-2:15pm Location: 55 Park Place, Rm. 838
“How Bias Effects Police Use of Force: A Summary of Evidence and Implications to Date”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. Lois James, an assistant professor in the Department of Nursing at Washington State University as our summer speaker for 2019.
Dr. James has a BA in Psychology from Trinity College Dublin, and received her Ph.D. in Criminal Justice from WSU in 2011. Dr. James is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Nursing and a core faculty member in the Sleep and Performance Research Center (SPRC) and the founding director of Counter Bias Training Simulation (CBTsim), scenario-based training intended to reveal and overcome biases in critical decision making. Dr. James’ research focuses on the relationship between sleep, health, and performance in elite populations such as nurses, combat medics, military personnel, police officers, and top tier athletes. Dr. James also conducts simulated research on the impact of bias on critical decision making. Her research on the impact of bias on police use of force has significantly advanced the field, in particular what is known about how suspect race influences police officers during deadly encounters. These findings have been extensively covered in the mainstream media, including in National Geographic, the New York Times, and the Washington Post.
“Victimization among Latinos: Understanding Culture, Outcomes, and Help-Seeking”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. Carlos A. Cuevas, an associate professor and co-director of the Violence and Justice Research Laboratory at Northeastern University as our first speaker of 2019.
Carlos A. Cuevas, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor and Co-Director of the Violence and Justice Research Laboratory at Northeastern University in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. He earned his Ph.D. in clinical psychology from CSPP at Alliant International University. Dr. Cuevas’s research interests are in the area of victimization and trauma, sexual violence and sexual offending, family violence, and the overlap between victimization and delinquency. Specifically, he focuses on victimization among Latinos and how it relates to psychological distress and service utilization, as well as the role cultural factors play on victimization. In addition, he studies the impact of psychological factors on the revictimization of children and how it helps explain the connection between victimization and delinquency. His most recent National Institute of Justice-funded research will examine the scope and impact of bias and hate crime against Latinos. Other NIJ-funded collaborations include the development of instruments to evaluate bias victimization among youth and teen dating aggression. Professor Cuevas continues to engage in clinical work, providing assessment and treatment to victims of abuse and trauma as well as sex offenders.
Winter 2018 Featured Speaker
December 6, 2018 Time: 12-1:15pm Room: Urban Life 201
“Trauma Trails – the Effects of Exposure to Violence through our Bodies and our Communities”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. Jacquelyn Campbell, a professor and Anna D. Wolf Chair in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing as our winter speaker for 2018.
Jacquelyn Campbell, PhD, RN is the Anna D. Wolf Chair and a Professor in the Johns Hopkins University School of Nursing and was an IOM/AAN Scholar in Residence at the National Academy of Medicine/NAM) where she participated in the RWJF Health Policy Fellows’ DC policy training. Her 14 major federally funded collaborative research investigations (NIH, NIJ, DoD, DOJ, OVW, CDC) have included studies of domestic violence homicide and improving the criminal justice and health care response to intimate partner violence (IPV) as well as the multiple health outcomes of experiencing of violence. Elected to the National Academy of Medicine in 2000, she was the founding co-chair of the NAM Forum on the Prevention of Global Violence and is on the Board of Directors of Futures Without Violence, served on the boards of five Domestic Violence shelters and is currently a member of the Baltimore DV Fatality Review Committee. Dr. Campbell has published more than 250 articles and seven books and has extensive policy related service including testimony at congressional briefings and before the Senate, as well as policy and research agenda setting meetings with NIH, CDC, SAMHSA, DHHS Office on Women’s Health, the Department of Justice (OVW), the Department of Defense, the World Bank, WHO, and the American Academy of Nursing. As well as WHO and the World Bank, her global experience includes consultation on gender based violence and women’s health and training for junior scholars in Tanzania, South Africa, Hong Kong, Sri Lanka, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Lebanon, Egypt and Zambia.
Fall 2018 Featured Speaker
October 18, 2018 Time: 12:00-1:00pm Room: 1199 Urban Life
“Social Norms Approaches to Sexual Assault Prevention”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. Lindsay Orchowski, associate professor (research) of Psychiatry and Human Behavior in the Alpert Medical School of Brown University and staff psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital as our fall speaker for 2018.
Dr. Lindsay Orchowski completed her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University with specializations in Child Psychology and Applied Quantitative Psychology. She completed a Clinical Internship at Brown University. Following a fellowship funded through the National Institutes of Health at the Centers for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University. She is currently a Staff Psychologist at Rhode Island Hospital and Associate Professor (Research) within the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Medical School and maintains a therapy practice serving primarily victims of trauma. She has published extensively on violence prevention, and is nationally recognized for her work developing violence prevention approaches for middle school, high school, college and military populations. Her research is funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institutes of Health, and the Department of Defense. She is an Associate Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly, and her book entitled “Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance: Theory Research and Practice” will be published by Elsevier in 2018.
Spring 2018 Featured Speaker
February 13, 2018 11:00-12:00 p.m. Room 1199 Urban Life
“Sexual assault etiology: Survey and experimental findings”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. Antonia Abbey, professor and area chair of Gender, Sexuality, and Women’s Studies at Wayne State University, who will feature as our first speaker in 2018.
Antonia Abbey, Ph.D. is a professor of Psychology at Wayne State University and a Board of Governors Distinguished Faculty Fellow. She received her doctoral degree in social psychology from Northwestern University and has a long-standing research interest in in women’s health, substance use, and reducing violence against women. She has published more than 100 empirical articles, review papers, and chapters with a focus in recent years on alcohol’s role in sexual aggression. Her research has been funded by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Child Health and Human Development, and the Department of Education with total funding of approximately 5.5 million dollars. She has served on a variety of national advisory committees focused on sexual assault prevention and etiology for the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the National Institute of Justice, and the Pentagon. She also has served on numerous National Institutes of Health grant proposal study sections and given keynote addresses at international and national conferences. In 2016, Dr. Abbey received the American Psychological Association Division 35 Strickland Daniel Mentoring Award. Dr. Abbey is (as of January 1) editor of the journal Psychology of Violence.
Fall 2017 Featured Speaker
October 16, 2017 1:30-2:45 p.m. Room 201 Urban Life
“The Bio-Psycho-Social-Societal Consequences of Childhood Abuse.”
The Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence will host Dr. Jennie G. Noll, professor of Human Development and Family Studies and the director of the Child Maltreatment Solutions Network (Network) at Penn State University, who will feature as our first speaker in our Distinguished Speaker Series.
Dr. Noll received her Ph.D. in Developmental Psychology and Statistical Methodology from the University of Southern California in 1995. Her primary research foci are the bio-psycho-social consequences of childhood sexual abuse, pathways to teen pregnancy and high-risk sexual behaviors for abused and neglected youth, the long-term adverse health outcomes for victims of sexual abuse, midlife reversibility of neurocognitive deficits in stress-exposed populations, and the propensity for abused and neglected teens to engage in high-risk internet and social media behaviors. Her leadership at the Network centers on mentoring the cofounded faculty within 5 colleges, collaborating with local and state leaders, and advancing knowledge, treatment, education and policy aimed at combating child maltreatment and abuse.