Maria Testa

PhD

Maria Testa.

Maria Testa

PhD

Maria Testa

PhD

Research Interests

Sexual assault; partner violence; women’s sexual behavior; college drinking

Contact Information

1021 Main Street

Buffalo NY, 14203-1016

Phone: (716) 887-2560

mltesta@buffalo.edu

Education

  • PhD, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Current Research

My research examines the short-term effects of partner substance use on relationship functioning and intimate partner violence among community couples. These studies show that episodes of drinking and marijuana use increase the likelihood of an aggressive episode within the next few hours (e.g., Testa & Derrick, 2014).  However, shared substance use can also have a positive impact on the relationship, increasing experiences of intimacy (Testa et al., 2019).  I have also researched the role of alcohol use in college sexual assault, with survey and daily process studies among college women and men (Testa et al., 2015; Testa & Cleveland, 2017). Recently I conducted a personalized normative feedback intervention around drinking and hookups as a way of reducing sexual victimization among college freshman women.

Selected Publications

  • Testa, M., Livingston, J. L., Wang, W., & Lewis, M. A. (2020). Preventing college sexual victimization by reducing hookups: A randomized controlled trial of a personalized normative feedback intervention. Prevention Science, 21(3), 388-397.
  • Testa, M., Wang, W., Derrick, J. L., & Leonard, K. E. (2019). Does drinking together promote relationship intimacy? Temporal effects of daily drinking events in intimate couples. Journal of studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 80(5), 537-545.
  • Testa, M., Livingston J. A., & Wang, W. (2019). Dangerous liasons: The role of hookups and heavy episodic drinking in college sexual victimization. Violence and Victims, 34(3), 492-507.
  • Testa, M., Wang, W., Derrick, J. L., & Leonard, K. E. (2018). Marijuana use by intimate partners: Does discrepant use impair relationship functioning? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 32(4), 475-484.
  • Testa, M., Derrick, J. L., Wang, W., Kubiak, A., Brown, W. C., Collins, R. L., & Leonard, K. E. (2018). Temporal effects of marijuana and alcohol use on relationship conflict and aggression in marijuana-using community couples. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 79(3). 432-440. 
  • Testa, M., & Cleveland, M. J. (2017). Does alcohol contribute to college men’s sexual assault perpetration? Between- and within-person effects over five semesters. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78(1), 5-13. PMID: 27936357
  • Derrick, J. L. & Testa, M. (2017). Temporal effects of perpetrating or receiving intimate partner aggression on alcohol consumption: A daily diary study of community couples. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 78, 213-221. PMID: 28317501
  • Fairbairn, C. E. & Testa, M. (2017). Relationship quality and alcohol-related social reinforcement during couples Interaction. Clinical Psychological Science, 5(1), 74-84. DOI: 10.1177/2167702616649365
  • 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 and Drugs, 76,507-515PMID: 26098025
  • Testa, M., Crane, C.A., Quigley, B.M., Levitt, A., & Leonard, K.E. (2014). Effects of administered alcohol on intimate partner interactions in a conflict resolution paradigm. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 249-258. PMID: 24650819
  • Testa, M. & Derrick, J.L. (2014). A daily process examination of the temporal association between alcohol use and subsequent verbal and physical aggression in community couples. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 28, 127-138. PMID: 24341618