Assistant Professor Psychology

Dr. Jaffe received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln after completing internship at the Charleston Consortium Psychology Internship Training Program. She then completed a NIAAA-funded postdoctoral fellowship at the University of Washington, where she also served as Acting Assistant Professor. In 2020, Dr. Jaffe joined the UNL faculty and is a core faculty member of the Clinical Psychology Training Program. Dr. Jaffe directs the Translational Health Risks and Interpersonal Violence (THRIVE) Lab

Dr. Jaffe will be recruiting a graduate student to begin in Fall 2022. If you are interested in applying and have questions, please email Dr. Jaffe at ajaffe2@unl.edu.

Research Interests

Dr. Jaffe’s program of research centers on understanding the role of alcohol in sexual assault risk and recovery. In particular, she studies sexual assault within the context of interpersonal violence and victimization across the lifespan, recovery following alcohol-involved sexual assault, and associations between PTSD and alcohol use. By translating basic research on stress reactions and alcohol intoxication, she seeks to design and improve clinical interventions that support survivors’ recovery and reduce distress over time. Goals of ongoing research projects are to (1) understand and facilitate effective post-assault support within social networks and (2) clarify how alcohol intoxication affects PTSD symptom presentation and recovery trajectories in the early aftermath of a sexual assault.

Teaching Interests

Dr. Jaffe teaches courses in quantitative methods and provides statistical consultation in the department. Upcoming course offerings include Structural Equation Modeling and a second course in Longitudinal Structural Equation Modeling.

For more information about quantitative training in the Department of Psychology, please visit our training website. If you are a student or faculty member in the UNL Department of Psychology, please click here to schedule an appointment for statistical consultation.

Representative Publications

For a full list of publications, see Dr. Jaffe's Google Scholar or ResearchGate

  • Jaffe, A. E., Blayney, J. A., Graupensperger, S., Stappenbeck, C. A., Bedard-Gilligan, M., & Larimer, M. (2021, August 26). Personalized normative feedback for hazardous drinking among college women: Differential outcomes by history of incapacitated rape. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1037/adb0000657
  • Jaffe, A. E., Cero, I., & DiLillo, D. (2021). The #MeToo movement and perceptions of sexual assault: College students’ recognition of sexual assault experiences over time. Psychology of Violence, 11, 209–218. https://doi.org/10.1037/vio0000363
  • Jaffe, A. E.Duckworth, J. C., Blayney, J. A., Lewis, M. A., & Kaysen, D. (2021). A prospective study of predictors and consequences of hooking up for sexual minority women. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 50, 1599–1612. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10508-020-01896-4
  • Jaffe, A. E., Kaysen, D., Smith, B. N., Galovski, T., & Resick, P. A. (2021). Cognitive processing therapy for substance-involved sexual assault: Does an account help or hinder recovery? Journal of Traumatic Stress, 34, 864–871. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22674
  • Jaffe, A. E., Kumar, S. A., Ramirez, J. J., & DiLillo, D. (2021). Is the COVID-19 pandemic a high-risk period for college student alcohol use? A comparison of three spring semesters. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 45, 854–863. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14572
  • Jaffe, A. E., Steel, A. L., DiLillo, D., Messman-Moore, T. L., & Gratz, K. L. (2021). Characterizing sexual violence in intimate relationships: An examination of blame attributions and rape acknowledgment. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 36, 469–490. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886260517726972
  • Jaffe, A. E., Blayney, J. A., Lewis, M. A., & Kaysen, D. (2020). Prospective risk for incapacitated rape among sexual minority women: Hook-ups and drinking. The Journal of Sex Research, 57, 922–932. https://doi.org/10.1080/00224499.2019.1661949
  • Jaffe, A. E., Blayney, J. A., Bedard-Gilligan, M., & Kaysen, D. (2019). Are trauma memories state-dependent? Intrusive memories following alcohol-involved sexual assault. European Journal of Psychotraumatology, 10(1), 1634939. https://doi.org/10.1080/20008198.2019.1634939
  • Jaffe, A. E., DiLillo, D., Gratz, K. L., & Messman-Moore, T. L. (2019). Risk for revictimization following interpersonal and noninterpersonal trauma: Clarifying the role of posttraumatic stress symptoms and trauma-related cognitions. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 32, 42–55. https://doi.org/10.1002/jts.22372
  • Jaffe, A. E., Hahn, C. K., & Gilmore, A. K. (2019). Acute stress symptoms after forcible and substance-involved rapes. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 43, 485–493. https://doi.org/10.1177/0361684319845099
  • Jaffe, A. E., Harris, C. M., & DiLillo, D. (2019). Observing alcohol myopia in the context of a trauma film paradigm: Differential recall of central and peripheral details. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 43, 2203–2211. https://doi.org/10.1111/acer.14156
  • Jaffe, A. E., Bountress, K. E., Metzger, I. W., Maples-Keller, J. L., Pinsky, H. T., George, W. H., & Gilmore, A. K. (2018). Student engagement and comfort during a web-based personalized feedback intervention for alcohol and sexual assault. Addictive Behaviors, 82, 23–27. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.addbeh.2018.02.020
  • Jaffe, A. E., Steel, A. L., DiLillo, D., Hoffman, L., Gratz, K. L., & Messman-Moore, T. L. (2017). Victim alcohol intoxication during a sexual assault: Relations with subsequent PTSD symptoms. Violence and Victims, 32, 642–657. https://doi.org/10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-16-00045
  • Jaffe, A. E., DiLillo, D., Hoffman, L., Haikalis, M., & Dykstra, R. E. (2015). Does it hurt to ask? A meta-analysis of participant reactions to trauma research. Clinical Psychology Review, 40, 40–56. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.cpr.2015.05.004