Maria Testa, PhD

Maria Testa, PhD.

Senior Research Scientist

Social Psychology

Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences

Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-2560
Email: testa@ria.buffalo.edu
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Primary Research Areas

Sexual assault; partner violence; women’s sexual behavior; college drinking.

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Research Agenda

Dr. Testa’s current research focuses on intimate partner aggression (IPA), examining what role either alcohol or marijuana play as proximal or distal predictors, in addition to how fluctuations in self-control strength affect couple functioning, conflict, and IPA perpetration of intimate partner aggression. Another area of study is on the role of alcohol in men’s perpetuation of sexual aggression and women’s experiences of sexual victimization. Currently, she is developing a personalized normative feedback intervention around drinking and hookups, to be delivered to college freshman women, to help reduce college sexual.

Areas of Expertise

  • Sexual victimization – role of alcohol, incapacitated rape, college sexual victimization and heavy episodic drinking, interventions to reduce alcohol-related sexual assault
  • Intimate partner aggression (IPA) – role of alcohol or marijuana as proximal or distal predictors, role of self-control in IPA, independently and as it interacts with substance use
  • Alcohol administration studies (including with couples)
  • Daily report/EMA studies (including dyadic studies with couples)