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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
Email: testa@ria.buffalo.edu
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Primary Research Areas

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

Representative and Recent Publications

Levitt, A., Derrick, J. L., & Testa, M. (in press). Relationship-specific alcohol expectancies and gender moderate the effects of relationship-drinking contexts on daily relationship functioning. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Testa, M., Crane, C. A., Quigley, B. M., Levitt, A., & Leonard, K. E. (in press). Effects of administered alcohol on intimate partner interactions in a conflict resolution paradigm. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs.

Testa, M. & Derrick, J. L. (in press). A daily process examination of the temporal association between alcohol use and subsequent verbal and physical aggression in community couples. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.

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

Testa, M., Livingston, J. A., & Hoffman, J. H. (2007). Does sexual victimization predict subsequent alcohol consumption? A prospective study among a community sample of women. Addictive Behaviors, 32, 2926-2939.
DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2007.05.017

Livingston, J. A., Testa, M., & VanZile-Tamsen, C. (2007). The reciprocal relationship between sexual victimization and sexual assertiveness. Violence Against Women, 13, 298-313.
DOI: 10.1177/1077801206297339

Testa, M., VanZile-Tamsen, C., & Livingston, J. A. (2007). Prospective prediction of women's sexual victimization by intimate and non-intimate male perpetrators. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 75, 52-60.
DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.75.1.52

Testa, M., VanZile-Tamsen, C., Livingston, J. A., & Buddie, A. (2006). The role of women's alcohol consumption in managing sexual intimacy and sexual safety motives. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 67, 665-674.

Testa, M., VanZile-Tamsen, C., & Livingston, J. A. (2005). Childhood sexual abuse, relationship satisfaction, and sexual risk taking in a community sample of women. Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology, 73, 1116-1124.
DOI: 10.1037/0022-006X.73.6.1116