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Maria Testa, PhD

Maria Testa, PhD

Senior Research Scientist

Social Psychology

Research Associate Professor, Psychology

Contact Information

1021 Main Street
Buffalo, NY  14203-1016
Phone: (716) 887-2560
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Primary Research Areas

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

Representative and Recent Publications

Testa, M., & Cleveland, M. J. (2017). Does alcohol contribute to college men’s sexual assault perpetration? Between- and within-person effects over five semesters. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(1), 5-13.
PMID: 27936357

Derrick, J. L. & Testa, M. (2017). Temporal effects of perpetrating or receiving intimate partner aggression on alcohol consumption: A daily diary study of community couples. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78, 213-221.
PMID: 28317501

Fairbairn, C. E. & Testa, M. (2017). Relationship quality and alcohol-related social reinforcement during couples Interaction. Clinical Psychological Science, 5(1), 74-84.
DOI: 10.1177/2167702616649365

Crane, C. A., Licata, M. L., Schlauch, R. C., Testa, M., Easton, C. J. (2017). The proximal effects of acute alcohol use on female aggression: A meta-analytic review of the experimental literature. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31(1), 21-26.

Crane, C. A., Testa, M., Schlauch, R. C., & Leonard, K. E. (2016). The couple that smokes together: Dyadic marijuana use and relationship functioning during conflict. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30(6), 686-693.
PMID: 27454369

Testa, M., & Brown, W.C. (2015).  Does marijuana use contribute to intimate partner aggression? A brief review and directions for future research. Current Opinion in Psychology, 5, 6-12.
PMID: 25839050

Testa, M., Parks, K.A., Hoffman, J.H., Crane, C.A., Leonard, K.E., & Shyhalla, K. (2015). Do drinking episodes contribute to sexual aggression perpetration in college men? Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 76, 507-515.
PMID: 26098025

Levitt, A., Derrick, J. L., & Testa, M. (2014). Relationship-specific alcohol expectancies and gender moderate the effects of relationship-drinking contexts on daily relationship functioning. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 269-278.
PMID: 24650821

Testa, M., Crane, C.A., Quigley, B.M., Levitt, A., & Leonard, K.E. (2014). Effects of administered alcohol on intimate partner interactions in a conflict resolution paradigm. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 249-258.
PMID: 24650819

Testa, M. & Derrick, J.L. (2014). A daily process examination of the temporal association between alcohol use and subsequent verbal and physical aggression in community couples. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 127-138.
PMID: 24341618

Derrick, J.L., Testa, M., & Leonard, K.E. (2014). Daily reports of intimate partner aggression by self and partner: Short-term consequences and implications for measurement. Psychology of Violence, 4, 416-431. PMC4206949
PMID: 25346861 PMCID: PMC4206949 DOI: 10.1037/a0037481

Crane, C.A., Testa, M., Derrick, J.L., & Leonard, K.E. (2014). Daily associations among self-control, heavy episodic drinking, and relationship functioning: An examination of actor and partner effects. Aggressive Behavior, 40, 440-450. PMC4138256.
PMID: 24700558 PMCID: PMC4138256 DOI: 10.1002/ab.21533

Testa, M., Kubiak, A., Quigley, B. M., Houston, R. J., Derrick, J. L., Levitt, A., Homish, G. G., & Leonard, K. E. (2012). Husband and wife alcohol use: Independent or interactive predictors of intimate partner violence in a community sample. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73. 268-276.
PMC 3281984

Testa, M. & Hoffman, J. H. (2012). Naturally occurring changes in women’s drinking from high school to college and implications for college sexual victimization risk. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 73, 26-33.
PMC 3237709

Testa, M., Hoffman, J. H., & Livingston, J. A. (2011). Intergenerational transmission of sexual assault vulnerability as mediated via parenting. Child Abuse and Neglect, 35, 363-371.
DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2011.01.010

Testa, M., Hoffman, J. H., Livingston, J. A., & Turrisi, R. (2010). Preventing college women’s sexual victimization through parent-based intervention: A randomized controlled trial. Prevention Science, 11, 308-318.
DOI: 10.1007/s11121-010-0168-3

Testa, M., Hoffman, J. H., & Livingston, J. A. (2010). Alcohol and sexual risk behaviors as mediators of the sexual victimization— revictimization relationship. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 78, 249-259.

Testa, M., & Livingston, J. L. (2009). Alcohol consumption and women’s vulnerability to sexual victimization: Can reducing women’s drinking prevent rape? Substance Use and Misuse, 44, 1349-1376.
DOI: 10.1080/10826080902961468