Antonia Abbey

Professor Psychology
Phone: 313 577 6686

Areas of expertise

campus sexual assaults
alcohol-related sexual assault


Social Perceptions and Health Lab

My research applies social psychological theory and research to health issues.   I have a long-standing interest in understanding and preventing violence against women. 

Current Research Interests

Sexual assault perpetrators: What psychosocial factors increase men's likelihood of being sexually aggressive? What is alcohol's role in sexual aggression?
Sexual assault survivors: What psychosocial factors enhance and hinder women's recovery from sexual assault victimization? What is alcohol's role?   
Alcohol and sexual risk-taking: How does intoxication influence adolescents' and young adults' sexual risk taking?  
Sexual perception and misperception: How do people decide if someone else is sexually attracted to them?  What factors affect the accuracy of these judgments?
Women's health and health-related behavior.
Substance abuse prevention for adolescents and young adults.  

To address these questions, I integrate a variety of different theoretical models from social psychology, alcohol studies, developmental psychology, stress and coping research, and criminal justice.

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