Symposium Speakers 2021

Antonia Abbey, PhD is a social psychologist and Professor of Psychology with the Department of Psychology, Wayne State University. Dr. Abbey is studying the causes and consequences of sexual assault, alcohol's role in sexual assault, and sexual assault measurement issues. Dr. Abbey has published over 120 journal articles/book chapters. She is also Editor, Psychology of Violence.

Kelly Cue Davis, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Edson College of Nursing and Health Innovation at Arizona State University as well as a licensed clinical psychologist. Her primary research interests include health risk behaviors, with a particular emphasis on the intersection of sexual violence, sexual risk, and substance use. Her work has targeted sexual assault assessment, response, prevention, and policy in both K-12 and higher education institutions as well the military and legal system, with an emphasis on the role of alcohol in sexual assault perpetration and victimization. She is a recent recipient of a MERIT award from the National Institutes of Health.

Robert C. Freeman, PhD is a Sociologist and Health Scientist Administrator in the Division of Epidemiology and Prevention Research at the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA), U.S. National Institutes of Health. He oversees the violence prevention research program at NIAAA as well as the HIV/AIDS prevention and suicide prevention research programs.

Dean Kilpatrick, PhD is a senior investigator with over 40 years of extramural research funding including continuous funding from NIH since 1985. His primary research interest is to understand the scope, nature, and mental health impact of exposure to potentially traumatic events among probability samples of U.S. adults and adolescents. He has conducted groundbreaking national research on the prevalence of sexual assault and PTSD, and he has served as a member of two Institute of Medicine Committees and of a Standing Committee of the National Academy of Sciences. Kilpatrick is a Past President of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies and Past Editor-in-Chief of the Journal of Traumatic Stress. He has received honors for his professional contributions from several organizations and individuals including President George H.W. Bush, the U.S. Congressional Victim’s Rights Caucus, the American Psychological Association Trauma Psychology Division, the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapy, and The International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies.

 Lindsay Orchowski, Ph.D. is a Staff Psychologist in the Adult Outpatient Division in the Department of Psychiatry within Lifespan Physicians Group and Associate Professor (Research) at the Alpert Medical School of Brown University. She is also the Deputy Title IX Coordinator for the Medical School. Dr. Orchowski completed her PhD in Clinical Psychology at Ohio University in the Laboratory for the Study and Prevention of Sexual Assault, completed her Psychology Residency at Brown University, and completed a NIAAA T32 fellowship at the Center for Alcohol and Addiction Studies at Brown University. Her research program focuses on advancing the development and evaluation of sexual assault prevention programs for middle school, high school, college, and military populations.  Her work is supported by the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Department of Defense and the Department of Education. She is Associate Editor for Psychology of Women Quarterly and Consulting Editor for Psychology of Violence.  In 2018, she published the Co-Edited book "Sexual Assault Risk Reduction and Resistance: Theory Research and Practice", and is the Co-Editor of a forthcoming volume addressing men's role in sexual assault prevention. 

Dominic Parrott, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology (Clinical) and Director of the Center for Research on Interpersonal Violence at Georgia State University.  His research program aims to reduce interpersonal violence by (1) identifying risk and protective factors for perpetrating aggressive behavior and (2) informing intervention programming. This work uses different methodologies (e.g., laboratory, survey) to study different forms of aggression (e.g., physical, sexual) toward various targets (e.g., sexual minorities, women) – with a particular focus on the effects of alcohol.  He is a nationally recognized expert on the intersection between alcohol and violence as well as the use of laboratory-based methods to study aggressive behavior.  Dr. Parrott’s research has resulted in over 100 scientific articles and been funded continuously by the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism since 2006. 

Maria Testa, Ph.D. is a Senior Research Scientist and Research Professor in the Department of Psychology and at the Clinical and Research Institute on Addictions at the University at Buffalo. She has considered the role of alcohol in understanding sexual assault victimization and perpetration in both college and community samples using survey, experimental and daily report methods. In addition, she studies the role of substances in intimate partner functioning and aggression among community couples. Her work has been funded continuously by the National Institutes of Health since 1992. ​