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

testa@ria.buffalo.edu

Education

  • PhD, University at Buffalo, SUNY

Current Research

My current research focuses on intimate partner aggression (IPA), examining what role either alcohol or marijuana play as proximal or distal predictors, in addition to how fluctuations in self-control strength affect couple functioning, conflict, and IPA perpetration of intimate partner aggression. Another area of study is on the role of alcohol in men’s perpetuation of sexual aggression and women’s experiences of sexual victimization. Currently, I am developing a personalized normative feedback intervention around drinking and hookups, to be delivered to college freshman women, to help reduce college sexual victimization.

Selected Publications

  • 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. http://dx.doi.org/10.1037/adb0000357 
  • 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. 
  • Quigley, B. M., Levitt, A., Derrick, J. L., Testa, M., Houston, R. J., & Leonard, K. E. (2018). Alcohol, self-regulation, and partner physical aggression: Actor-partner effects over a three year time frame. Frontiers in Behavioral Neuroscience, 12, 130. 
  • Brown, W. C., Wang, W., & Testa, M. (2018). Alcohol and marijuana use in undergraduate males: Between- and within-person associations with interpersonal conflict. Cannabis, 2(1), 48-59. 
  • 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
  • Crane, C. A., Licata, M. L., Schlauch, R. C., Testa, M., Easton, C. J. (2017). The proximal effects of acute alcohol use on female aggression: A meta-analytic review of the experimental literature. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 31(1), 21-26.
  • Crane, C. A., Testa, M., Schlauch, R. C., & Leonard, K. E. (2016). The couple that smokes together: Dyadic marijuana use and relationship functioning during conflict. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 30(6), 686-693.
    PMID: 27454369
  • Testa, M., & Brown, W.C. (2015).  Does marijuana use contribute to intimate partner aggression? A brief review and directions for future research. Current Opinion in Psychology, 5, 6-12.
    PMID: 25839050
  • 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, 76,507-515.
    PMID: 26098025
  • Levitt, A., Derrick, J. L., & Testa, M. (2014). Relationship-specific alcohol expectancies and gender moderate the effects of relationship-drinking contexts on daily relationship functioning. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 75, 269-278.
    PMID: 24650821
  • 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
  • Derrick, J.L., Testa, M., & Leonard, K.E. (2014). Daily reports of intimate partner aggression by self and partner: Short-term consequences and implications for measurement. Psychology of Violence, 4, 416-431.PMC4206949
    PMID: 25346861 PMCID: PMC4206949 DOI: 10.1037/a0037481