Senior Research Scientist
Department of Psychology
College of Arts and Sciences
Sexual assault; partner violence; women’s sexual behavior; college drinking.
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.