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National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies

Welcome to Navy Live blog coverage of the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s colleges and universities. Secretaries of the Navy, the Army, and the Air Force host the event April 4-5 at the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, Maryland to advance national dialogue at the college and university level regarding the scourge of sexual harassment and assault.

LIVE EVENTS – Thursday, April 4

 

 

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Top images from day one of the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. (Click on the photo to download it in high resolution.)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) U.S. Senator Martha McSally, from Arizona, delivers the keynote address for day one of the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) U.S. Senator Martha McSally, from Arizona, delivers the keynote address for day one of the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) U.S. Senator Martha McSally, from Arizona, delivers the keynote address for day one of the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, center, answers a question during a press conference held alongside Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, and Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper, at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, center, answers a question during a press conference held alongside Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, and Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper, at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) Secretary of the Navy, Richard V. Spencer, center, answers a question during a press conference held alongside Secretary of the Air Force, Heather Wilson, and Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper, at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) Superintendents of the United States service academies answer questions during a press conference at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) Superintendents of the United States service academies answer questions during a press conference at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) Superintendents of the United States service academies answer questions during a press conference at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) Ms. Melissa Cohen, Director of the Department of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, welcomes participants to the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) remarks at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 4, 2019) Secretary of the Army, Dr. Mark T. Esper, delivers opening remarks at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, cohosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 2nd Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
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LIVE EVENTS – Friday, April 5

Top images from day two of the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. (Click on the photo to download it in high resolution.)

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ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 5, 2019) Phillip J. Hanion, Dartmouth College President, delivers remarks at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)

 

ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 5, 2019) Ms. Melissa Cohen, Director of the Department of the Navy’s Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, delivers opening remarks for day two of the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 5, 2019) Doctors from participating universities answer questions while on a panel at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 5, 2019) An attendee at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies signs a call to commitment poster. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)
ANNAPOLIS, Md. (April 5, 2019) A Sailor interviews an attendee at the National Discussion on Sexual Assault and Sexual Harassment at America’s Colleges, Universities and Service Academies signs a call to commitment poster. The forum, co-hosted by the secretaries of the Navy, the Army and the Air Force at the U.S. Naval Academy, brought together leaders and subject matter experts to better understand and address the challenge of eliminating sexual assault and sexual harassment on college, university, and military service academy campuses across the nation. (U.S. Navy photo by Mass Communication Specialist 1st Class Paul L. Archer/Released)

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Biographies

Joanne Davila (Stony Brook University)

Joanne Davila (Stony Brook University)

Joanne Davila is a professor of Joanne DavilaPsychology and the director of Clinical Training in the Department of Psychology at Stony Brook University. She is an internationally known expert on romantic relationships and mental health. She has published widely in this area and is the co-author (with K. Lashman) of “The Thinking Girl’s Guide to the Right Guy: How Knowing Yourself Can Help You Navigate Dating, Hookups, and Love” (Guilford Press). She is a fellow in the Association for Psychological Science, the American Psychological Association (Division 12: Clinical Psychology) and the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, and is the editor of the Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology. She is a licensed psychologist who specializes in evidence-based interventions for relationship problems, anxiety and depression.

Sarah DeGue (Center for Disease Control)

Sarah DeGue (Center for Disease Control)

Sarah DeGue Sarah DeGue is senior scientist in the Research and Evaluation Branch of the Division of Violence Prevention (DVP) in the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control (NCIPC), and lead for CDC’s Dating Matters® teen dating violence prevention initiative. Dr. DeGue has published dozens of peer-reviewed manuscripts, government publications, book chapters, and articles and frequently serves as an invited speaker at national meetings and conferences. She has served as an advisor on evidence-based sexual violence prevention to the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, Department of Defense, U.S. Army, U.S. Air Force, CDC’s Rape Prevention and Education program, and more.

Walter DeKeseredy (West Virginia University)

Walter DeKeseredy (West Virginia University)

Walter DeKeseredy Walter DeKeseredy is chair of Social Sciences, director of the Research Center on Violence, and professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He has published 25 books, 100 scientific journal articles and 83 scholarly book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. He has won numerous awards to include Criminologist of the Year, Distinguished Scholar Award, Research Excellence Award, Lifetime Achievement Award and Career Achievement Award.

Kimberly Dickman (U.S. Air Force)

Kimberly Dickman (U.S. Air Force)

Dr. Kimberly Dickman is the U.S. Air Force Academy’s (USAF)  SAPR analyst and acting program manager working in sexual assault prevention and response. She works to increase knowledge and understanding about sexual assault, and our role in the response and prevention of this crime. She has been an educator and mental health therapist for all ages from elementary to college level. She has numerous awards, including the USAF Civilian Meritorious Service Medal, and the Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Program of the Year. Dr. believes in the power of humans to change anything they set their minds to. She also highlights research and evidence that show sexual assault is preventable. Her engaging presentations impact audiences to act.

John D. Foubert (Union University)

John D. Foubert (Union University)

 Dean and Professor in the College of Education at Union University, John D. Foubert serves as the Highly Qualified Expert and Senior Advisor for the U.S. Army Sexual Harassment and Assault Response and Prevention program. He is an interdisciplinary scholar with over 50 peer-reviewed publications. He has written ten books, including seven about the prevention of sexual violence on college campuses and in the military. He was the first scholar to document a reduction in sexual violence behavior resulting from a prevention program. In 1998, he founded the national rape-prevention nonprofit, One in Four. Currently, he serves on the national board of directors for the National Center on Sexual Exploitation.

Nathan Galbreath (Department of Defense)

Nathan Galbreath (Department of Defense)

 Deputy Director of the Department of Defense Sexual Assault Prevention and Response Office, Nathan Galbreath is the department’s expert for prevention and response programs, and their relationship to behavioral health, forensic science, criminal investigation, and sex offender assessment and treatment. He is an adjunct associate professor in the Department of Medical and Clinical Psychology at USUHS. He has published a book chapter on child molesters, co-authored a chapter on sexual disorders and the Internet, and co-authored journal articles relating to sex offender recidivism and online sexual problems.

Christine Gidycz (Ohio University)

Christine Gidycz (Ohio University)

Christine Gidycz is a professor of psychology and director of the Laboratory for the Study and Prevention of Sexual Assault at Ohio University. Dr. Gidycz developed the Ohio University Sexual Assault Risk Reduction Program, designed to decrease women’s risk for sexual victimization. She has also investigated the effectiveness of a sexual assault prevention program targeting potential perpetrators which incorporates a social norms perspective. She has published more than 100 articles and book chapters addressing sexual assault issues. She recently co-edited the book, “Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance.”

Juliet Hall (Juliet Hall INC)

Juliet Hall (Juliet Hall INC)

Juliet HallJuliet Hall is the owner of Juliet Hall INC, a leadership consulting firm based in Atlanta, Georgia. Hall, an advisor and leadership consultant, is a voice on the topics of self-discovery, women’s empowerment and servant leadership. She is the creator of OWN YOUR OPPORTUNITIES® (#OYO), an inspiration-to-action speaking and training platform that mobilizes leaders at a professional crossroads to discover themselves, develop their unique and innate abilities, and dominate their sphere of authority according to their specialized area of gifting. Hall is a former 20-year corporate executive of two U.S. billion-dollar brands. Her background in corporate America includes banking operations, management consulting for restaurant franchisees, corporate storytelling and external affairs.

Katie Hood (One Love Foundation)

Katie Hood (One Love Foundation)

Katie HoodKatie Hood is the chief executive officer of One Love Foundation, an educator of young people on the topic of healthy and unhealthy relationships, as both a primary prevention strategy for relationship abuse and as an investment in the relationship health of the next generation. One Love’s award-winning film-based, peer-to peer educational workshops have reached over half a million young people across the country, and over 100 million have engaged with One Love’s educational campaigns online. Katie has participated in Fortune’s Most Powerful Women Conference. She is frequently quoted as an expert on dating violence and healthy relationships in national media outlets from ABC News to Teen Vogue.

Ernest N. Jouriles (Southern Methodist University)

Ernest N. Jouriles (Southern Methodist University)

Ernest N. Jouriles is the Distinguished Professor and the inaugural Dale McKissick Endowed Professor of Psychology at Southern Methodist University (SMU). Dr. Jouriles focuses on both interpersonal violence in young adult relationships and the impact of exposure to violence on children. Harnessing virtual reality and film technology, he develops and evaluates programs for preventing violence. Dr. Jouriles has published more than 100 peer-reviewed scientific articles, and directed or co-directed numerous research projects. He is currently serving as an associate editor for the journal, Developmental Psychology. He is on the editorial board of several major journals in the fields of interpersonal violence and family psychology.

Jackson Katz (Mentors in Violence Prevention)

Jackson Katz (Mentors in Violence Prevention)

Jackson Katz, Ph.D., is an educator, author, and global thought leader who is renowned for his pioneering scholarship and activism on issues of gender, race and violence. He is co-founder of the multi-racial, mixed-gender Mentors in Violence Prevention (MVP) program, one of the longest-running and widely influential gender violence prevention programs in North America and beyond. MVP was the first large-scale gender violence prevention initiative in sports culture and the U.S. military, and the program that introduced the “bystander” approach to the field. He is the author of numerous articles and two books, “The Macho Paradox: Why Some Men Hurt Women” and “How All Men Can Help.” Creator of the award-winning “Tough Guise” educational documentary series, and the recently released video “The Bystander Moment: Transforming Rape Culture at Its Roots,” he has appeared in numerous documentaries, including “Miss Representation and The Mask You Live In.”

Allison Tombros Korman (Culture of Respect)

Allison Tombros Korman (Culture of Respect)

Allison Tombros KormanAllison Tombros Korman serves as senior director of Culture of Respect, which builds the capacity of educational institutions to end sexual violence through ongoing, expansive organizational change. In her role, Allison works to ensure that all higher education institutions, wherever they may be on the road to creating their own campus’ culture of respect, have the resources they need to achieve this mission and the opportunity to learn from evidence-based research and the best practices of their colleagues. She has provided management, support, and technical assistance to the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and served as the Associate Director of Education for the Association of Reproductive Health Professionals (ARHP) in Washington, D.C.

Vicki Magley (University of Connecticut)

Vicki Magley (University of Connecticut)

Vicki MagleyVicki Magley is a professor in the Department of Psychological Sciences at the University of Connecticut. She has been studying sexual harassment for 25 years, focusing on its antecedents and consequences for both individuals and organizations, as well as how both individuals and organizations manage sexual harassment. She has advised the World Bank Group, Army, Air Force and National Park Service on sexual harassment climate change efforts and consulting with the U.S. Department of Interior. Most recently, she was one of the research experts on the National Academies of Sciences consensus study on sexual harassment in academia.

Patrick McGann (Men Can Stop Rape)

Patrick McGann (Men Can Stop Rape)

Patrick McGannPatrick McGann serves as Men Can Stop Rape’s director of Strategy & Planning. He brings 19 years of university teaching and 21 years of nonprofit experience for current and future developments regarding mobilizing men for gender-based violence prevention. He played a key role in planning and implementing the Healthy Masculinity Action Project, a national two-year initiative that reached more than 60 million people with its messages and launched an international healthy masculinity movement. He serves on MTV’s A Thin Line Advisory Board and the Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention (MMVP) Advisory Council.

Sharyn J. Potter (University of New Hampshire)

Sharyn J. Potter (University of New Hampshire)

Sharyn J. Potter is a professor of sociology, and co-founder and executive director of research at the Prevention Innovations Research Center: Ending Sexual and Relationship Violence and Stalking at the University of New Hampshire. Co-founder and vice-president of research of Soteria Solutions, she is a leader in the development, dissemination and evaluation of theory and research-based bystander intervention prevention strategies, including the uSafeUS® mobile app, the Know Your Power® Bystander Social Marketing Campaign, and a bystander video game that models pro-social bystander behaviors. She led a study for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault to examine sexual misconduct policy delivery methods. Her recent TEDx talk describes the individual and societal economic and human capital losses attributed to sexual violence. She has been cited in the Guardian, New York Times, National Public Radio, Vox, Glamour Magazine, and Teen Vogue.

Emily Rothman (Boston University School of Public Health)

Emily Rothman (Boston University School of Public Health)

Emily Rothman Emily Rothman is a professor at the Boston University School of Public Health with secondary appointments at the Boston University School of Medicine in Pediatrics and Emergency Medicine. She is also a visiting scientist at the Harvard Injury Control Research Center and scholar affiliated with the Ortner Center on Violence and Abuse in Relationships at the University of Pennsylvania. She has authored more than 100 publications that span the areas of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, human trafficking, firearm violence and pornography.

Laura F. Salazar (Georgia State University)

Laura F. Salazar (Georgia State University)

 Laura F. Salazar is a professor in health policy and behavioral science at Georgia State University‘s School of Public Health. Her web-based program, RealConsent, was found to be effective in preventing sexual violence perpetration among male college students, and is listed on the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website as an evidence-based effective primary prevention program. Her intervention research includes the use of media and web-based approaches to expand the reach of health promotion. She has numerous publications in peer reviewed journals, and is a co-author of two public health textbooks, “Research Methods in Health Promotion” and “Health Behavior Theory for Public Health: Principles, Foundations and Applications.”

Nichole Scaglione (RTI International)

Nichole Scaglione (RTI International)

Nichole ScaglioneNichole Scaglione is a public health scientist at RTI International, a nonprofit research institute, in Washington, D.C. Her research interests center on event-specific risk and protective factors that affect sexual assault risk. Dr. Scaglione leads several projects to design and/or evaluate interventions intended to prevent sexual assault victimization, revictimization and perpetration in adolescent and young adult populations. Her more than 10 years of on-the-ground experience includes work with sexual assault survivors and young adults in various campus, military and mental health settings.

Valerie Stander (Naval Health Research Center)

Valerie Stander (Naval Health Research Center)

Dr. Valerie Stander is a research psychologist at the Naval Health Research Center (NHRC). She has spent 20 years studying the health and well-being of military personnel and their families. Principal investigator of the Millennium Cohort Family Study, a 21-year longitudinal program of research documenting the impact of military life stress on family relationships, she currently serves as co-chair of a DoD Defense Health Program working group supporting research on Early Assessment & Interventions to Support Service Member & Family Psychological Health.

Joseph Storch (SUNY Office of General Counsel)

Joseph Storch (SUNY Office of General Counsel)

Joseph Storch is an associate counsel in the SUNY Office of General Counsel and chair of the Student Affairs Practice Group. His practice focuses on student affairs, intellectual property, and campus safety. He also serves as principal investigator on more than $9.1 million in grants and external funding to support innovations in violence prevention, and response on campuses and in the community. He oversees the SUNY Student Conduct Institute, which offers compliance and best practice training to college staff engaged in response to violence and conduct violations. He regularly advises legislators and staff at the federal and state level on best practices in drafting and analyzing pending domestic and international campus violence prevention legislation. In 2014, he received the Commissioner’s Award from the State University Police for campus safety.

Kevin Swartout (Georgia State University)

Kevin Swartout (Georgia State University)

Kevin Swartout is an associate professor of psychology and public health at Georgia State University. His research addresses trajectories and social correlates of violence and victimization. He has significantly contributed to understanding those who perpetrate violence and the social contexts in which violence occurs. He is chair of the Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative, which curated and released a campus climate survey regarding sexual misconduct that has been implemented at over 200 U.S., Asian, European, and the Middle East colleges and universities. He received early-career awards from the International Society for Research on Aggression, the Southeastern Psychological Association, and Georgia State University.

Martie Thompson (Clemson University)

Martie Thompson (Clemson University)

Dr. Martie Thompson is a professor in the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Studies and the Institute on Family and Neighborhood Life at Clemson University. She is also an adjunct professor in Emory University School of Medicine’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Her research focuses the predictors and consequences of sexual violence victimization among college females, and a four-year longitudinal study examining trajectories and predictors of sexual violence perpetration among college males. A consultant on Columbia University’s Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation initiative, she currently serves as a co-principal investigator on two funded projects to develop and test preventive interventions for sexual violence among college students. She is on Clemson’s Sexual Violence Task Force and Title IX Hearing Board.

Cynthia Thomsen (Naval Health Research Center)

Cynthia Thomsen (Naval Health Research Center)

Cynthia ThomsenCynthia Thomsen is the head of the Health and Behavioral Sciences Department at the Naval Health Research Center. She spent 12 years at Northern Illinois University’s Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault where she focused on modeling risk and protective factors for sexual assault and family violence within active duty military populations. She focuses on understanding risk and protective factors for adverse mental and behavioral health outcomes, using this information to develop effective interventions to prevent the development of negative outcomes. Dr. Thomsen is also involved in multiple efforts to enhance resilience and promote readiness among service members through improved surveillance of mental and behavioral health as well as interventions designed to improve team communication and enhance decision-making under stress.

 

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