Sexual violence is a pervasive problem for young people and our understanding of factors that increase the risk for sexual violence to occur or impede our efforts to prevent sexual violence is not well-understood. Within our lab, projects focus on three main areas: 1) understanding how alcohol use impacts people's ability to communicate about the sex they do or do not want, 2) how alcohol use impacts people's ability to intervene when they witness risky sexual experiences, and 3) how alcohol use increases the risk for sexual violence to occur. Across these studies, we also examine how these factors may look similar and different among cisgender women and men, and sexual and gender minority persons. If these topics interest you, students...
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Preferred MajorsClinical Psychology | Criminology & Criminal Justice | Psychology | Public Health | Social Work | Sociology
Keywordssexual assault | sexual miniority persons | LGBTQIA+ | alcohol use | sexual consent | sexual refusals | bystander intervention | sexuality
Dr. Biefeld’s BODY LAB is looking for undergraduate research assistants (RAs). We study how experiences of harassment and discrimination (at an individual and systematic level) impact the mental and physical health of children and adolescents. We also investigate the ways that body justice, intersecting identities, and community membership foster well-being and healthy development. Importantly, work in the lab utilizes both quantitative and qualitative approaches. You can see more about our work here: https://bodylab.ua.edu/ We study topics such as: (1) perceptions of discrimination across intersecting identities (e.g., gender identity, body-size, sexual orientation, and race/ethnicity) (2) peer-to-peer gender-based and sexual haras...