Sexual Assault and Health: Trauma-Related Appraisals and Physical Health

Note: The following post, written by Dr. Kerry Gagnon (Ph.D. ’18), describes findings from her dissertation research.  An estimated one in six women in America has been sexual assaulted[1]. In addition to the psychological costs of sexual assault, many survivors face physical health consequences that can last for weeks up to years. Physical health symptoms can includeContinue reading “Sexual Assault and Health: Trauma-Related Appraisals and Physical Health”

Campus Sexual Assault, Alcohol Use, and Attention

Note: The following post, written by Dr. Michelle Lee (Ph.D. ’18), describes findings from her dissertation research.   Sexual assault and harmful alcohol use are significant problems among women attending college, with approximately 20% of women experiencing forced sexual contact, attempted rape, and/or rape as college students (Fisher et al., 2003; Krebs et al., 2007; SAMHSA, 2015).Continue reading “Campus Sexual Assault, Alcohol Use, and Attention”

Welcome New TSS Group Team Members

This fall, the TSS Group welcomed two new graduate students to our team: Maria-Ernestina Christl and Adi Rosenthal. We asked them a few questions to help you get to know them. Q: Welcome to the TSS Group. Tell us about yourself, please! Maria-Ernestina: Hi! I am from Alabama and moved to Colorado for grad school. I amContinue reading “Welcome New TSS Group Team Members”

Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advice to Service Providers

by Anne P. DePrince, Ph.D. Sexual assault remains one of the most under-reported crimes, with women tending not to disclose their experiences to formal supports, such as police, doctors, and counselors. As #MeToo broke into public awareness last year, requests for sexual assault services increased. That more survivors are seeking services is good news, particularly given theContinue reading “Sexual Assault Survivors’ Advice to Service Providers”

Statewide Evaluation Project Gets Underway

In July, we kicked off work with our colleagues at the Colorado State Office for Victims Programs (OVP) to evaluate the impact of recent increases in VOCA funding on victim services in Colorado. Colorado, along with other states, received a significant increase in federal Victims of Crime Act (VOCA) funds in 2015. OVP, which administersContinue reading “Statewide Evaluation Project Gets Underway”

How many PhDs does it take?

How many PhDs does it take to change the world? I’m guessing that we’ll find out as three of the TSS Group’s finest graduate this month after completing their dissertations: Kerry Gagnon, Sexual Assault and Health: Understanding the Interplay of Trauma-Related Appraisals and Physical Health Outcomes Michelle Lee, Role of Executive Function and Alcohol-Sex Schema inContinue reading “How many PhDs does it take?”