Kathleen A. Parks


Kathleen Parks.

Kathleen A. Parks


Kathleen A. Parks


Research Interests

Women’s substance use and misuse; victimization; drinking contexts

Contact Information

1021 Main Street

Buffalo NY, 14203-1016

Phone: (716) 887-3301



  • PhD, University of Massachusetts

Current Research

I currently have two primary areas of focus in my research. The first involves the ongoing focus on young women’s alcohol use/abuse and risks for sexual assault. This area of research has evolved through survey and daily process studies, as well as the development of a video vignette risk perception measure designed to assess women’s perception of ambiguous and clear risk cues for alcohol-related sexual assault. A future study will develop a preventive intervention to reduce college women’s risk for sexual revictimization through reduction of hazardous drinking, improvement in risk perception, and protective behavioral skills (dating and drinking) training using the video vignettes.

The second primary area of focus of my research involves the assessment of negative consequences associated with college students’ nonmedical use of prescription drugs (NMUPD). Preliminary research in this area was funded through a SUNY/RF Collaborative Award. UB and University at Albany undergraduates were surveyed to assess the rates of NMUPD (i.e., stimulants, benzodiazepines/sedatives, opioid analgesics) and associated negative consequences. Future studies are planned to look at negative sexual events and NMUPD and assess the simultaneous and concurrent polydrug use among nonmedical prescription drug users.

Selected Publications

  • Parks, K.A., Frone, M.R., Muraven, M., & Boyd, C. (2017). Nonmedical use of prescription drugs and related negative sexual events: Prevalence estimates and correlates in college students. Addictive Behaviors, 65,258-263.
    PMID: 27567398 | DOI: 10.1016/j.addbeh.2016.08.018
  • Ellis, E.M., Collins, R.L., Hommish, G.G., Parks, K.A., & Kiviniemi, M.T. (2016). Perceived controllability of condom use shifts reliance on implicit versus explicit affect. Health Psychology, 35, 842-846.
    PMID: 27505204 | DOI: 10.1037/hea0000336
  • Parks, K.A., Levonyan-Radloff, K., Dearing, R.L., Hequembourg, A., & Testa, M. (2016). Development and Validation of a Video Measure for Assessing Women’s Risk Perception for Alcohol-Related Sexual Assault.  Psychology of Violence, 6, 573-585.
    PMID: 27747131 | PMCID: PMC5061459  | DOI: 10.1037/a0039846
  • Ellis, E.M., Homish, G.G., Parks, K.A., Collins, R.L., & Kiviniemi, M.T. (2015).  Increasing condom use by changing people’s feelings about them: An experimental study.  Health Psychology, 34, 941-950.
    PMID: 25581703 | DOI: 10.1037/hea0000205
  • Testa, M., Parks, K.A., Hoffman, J.H., Crane, C.A., & Leonard, K.E., & Shyhalla, K.  (2015). Do Drinking Episodes Contribute to Sexual Aggression Perpetration in College Men? Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 76, 507-515. 
    PMID: 26098025 | PMCID: PMC4495069
  • Hequembourg, A., Parks, K.A., Collins, R.L., Hughes, T. (2015). Sexual assault risks among gay and bisexual men. he Journal of Sex Research, 52, 282-295.
    PMID: 24483778 | PMCID: PMC4117833 | DOI: 10.1080/00224499.2013.856836
  • Parks, K. A., Hsieh, Y., Taggart, C., & Bradizza, C. M. (2014). A longitudinal analysis of drinking and victimization in college women: Is there a reciprocal relationship? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors.28,943-951.           
    PMID: 25134028 | PMCID: PMC4274186  | DOI: 10.1037/a0036283
  • Hequembourg, A., Livingston, J., & Parks, K.A. (2013). Sexual victimization and associated risks  among lesbian and bisexual women. Violence Against Women, 19, 634-657.
    PMID: 23759663 | PMCID: PMC3706505 | DOI: 10.1177/1077801213490557
  • Parks, K. A., Collins, R. L., & Derrick, J. (2012). The Influence of Marijuana and Alcohol Use on Condom Use Behavior: Findings from a Sample of Young Adult Female Bar Drinkers. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 26, 888-894.
    DOI: 10.1037/a0028166
  • Levonyan-Radloff, K., Parks, K. A., & Collins, R. L. (2012). Women bar drinkers’ discussions about birth control and risky sexual behavior. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 41, 987-93.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10508-011-9834-1
  • Parks, K. A., Hsieh, Y., Collins, R. L., & Levonyan-Radloff, K. (2011). Daily assessment of alcohol consumption and condom use with known and casual partners among young female bar drinkers. AIDS and Behavior, 15,1332-1341.
    DOI: 10.1007/s10461-010-9829-2
  • Parks, K. A., Hsieh, Y., Collins, R. L., Levonyan-Radloff, K., & King, L. P. (2009). Predictors of risky sexual behavior with new and regular partners in a sample of women bar drinkers. Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs, 70, 197-205.
  • Hequembourg, A., Parks, K. A., & Vetter, C. (2008) Sexual identity and gender differences in substance use and violence: An exploratory study. Journal of LGBT Issues in Counseling, 2, 174-198.
  • Parks, K. A., Hequembourg, A. L., & Dearing, R. L. (2008). Women's social behavior when meeting new men: The influence of alcohol and childhood sexual abuse. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32, 145-158.
  • Parks, K. A., Hsieh, Y., Bradizza, C. M., & Romosz, A. M. (2008). Factors influencing the temporal relationship between alcohol consumption and experiences with aggression among college women. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 22, 210-218. DOI: 10.1037/0893-164X.22.2.210