University of Arizona’s Regents Professor, Dr. Mary P. Koss, DrPH student Ms. Elise Lopez, and psychology department professor Dr. Judith Becker, in partnership with colleagues at Farleigh Dickinson University, have been awarded a three-year cooperative agreement from the U.S. Department of Justice’s Office of Sex Offender Sentencing, Monitoring, Apprehending, Registering, and Tracking to conduct a program development and evaluation project to address institutional response to campus sexual misconduct. The total award for this project is $1.3 million, with the UA receiving $505,174.
The project, Campus Sexual Misconduct: Using Perpetrator Risk Assessment and Tailored Treatment to Individualize Sanctioning, is funded as part of the federal call to action for institutions of higher education to hold perpetrators accountable for campus sexual misconduct. The aim of the project is to develop a sex offender risk profile for college perpetrators and test at institutions across the U.S. a modularized treatment approach to assign therapeutic interventions as part of the sanction process for those adjudicated responsible for sexual misconduct.
“To increase campus safety, those who sexually harm others must be accountable for their behavior. Being accountable means repairing the harm done to victims and committing to self-change. This project contributes an essential component to accountability through development of an empirically-supported therapeutic response to men who have sexually transgressed during college, and will provide institutions with solid tools to prevent further sexual victimization on college campuses,” said Dr. Mary Koss,Regents’ Professor in Health Promotion Sciences, and Co-PI of the project.
Ms. Elise Lopez is a DrPH student with a concentration in maternal and child health. She will serve as one of two program managers for the development and test sites for the project. Ms. Lopez is the coordinator of sexual assault prevention programs at MEZCOPH and also works with Dr. Koss on another sexual assault prevention program evaluation funded by the Arizona Department of Health Services.