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Sarah E. Ullman, PhD

CLJ Faculty

Criminology, Law and Justice

Contact

Building & Room:

4050B BSB

Address:

1007 W Harrison St.

Office Phone:

(312) 996-6679

CV Download:

CV Ullman SEPT 2019

About

Professor

Dr. Sarah Ullman is Professor of Criminology, Law, & Justice and Affiliate Professor of Psychology at the University of Illinois at Chicago. She is a social psychologist whose research concerns the impact of sexual assault and traumatic life events on women’s health and substance abuse outcomes and rape avoidance/prevention. She has received funding from the NIMH, NIAAA, and foundations for her research. She has conducted NIH-funded longitudinal studies of risk and protective factors for PTSD and substance abuse and other health-related outcomes in rape victims and is currently Co-investigator on an NIH grant to evaluate a social support network intervention for rape victims and their informal support networks. Dr. Ullman has published extensively about sexual assault, including a book entitled Talking About Sexual Assault: Society’s Response to Survivors by the American Psychological Association.

Selected Publications

Ullman, S.E., & Lorenz, K. (in press). African American sexual assault survivors and mental health seeking: A mixed methods study. Violence Against Women.

Dworkin, E., Brill, C., & Ullman, S.E. (in press). Social reactions to disclosure of interpersonal violence and psychopathology: A systematic review and meta-analysis. Clinical Psychology Review. Online first.

Ullman, S.E., O’Callaghan, E.O., & Lorenz, K. (in press). Women’s experiences of impairment and incapacitation during alcohol/drug-related sexual assaults: Toward a survivor-informed approach to measurement. Archives of Sexual Behavior. Online first.

Kirkner, A., Relyea, M., & Ullman, S.E. (in press). PTSD and problem drinking in relation to seeking mental health and substance use treatment among sexual assault survivors. Traumatology. Online first.

Kirkner, A., Relyea, M., & Ullman, S.E. (2019). Predicting the effects of sexual assault research participation: Reactions, perceived insight, and help-seeking. Psychological Trauma, 34, 3592- 3613.

Lorenz, K., Kirkner, A., & Ullman, S.E. (2019). A qualitative study of sexual assault survivors’ post-assault legal system experiences. Journal of Trauma and Dissociation, 20, 263-287.

Lorenz, K., Ullman, S.E., Kirkner, A., Mandala, R., Vasquez, A., & Sigurvinsdottir, R. (2018). Social reactions to sexual assault disclosure: A qualitative study of informal support dyads. Violence Against Women, 24, 1497-1520.

Kirkner, A., Lorenz, K., Ullman, S.E., & Mandala, R. (2018). A qualitative study of sexual assault disclosure impact and help seeking on support providers. Violence and Victims, 33, 721- 738.

Ullman, S.E., Lorenz, K., & O’Callaghan, E. (2018). Risk avoidance strategies after sexual assault: A dyadic study of survivors and informal support providers. Victims and Offenders, 13, 814-833.

Ullman, S.E, Lorenz, K., Kirkner, A., & O’Callaghan, E. (2018). Post-assault substance use and coping: A qualitative study of sexual assault survivors and informal support providers. Alcoholism Treatment Quarterly, 36, 330-353.

Hakimi, D., Bryant-Davis, T., Ullman, S.E., & Gobyn, R. (2018). Relationship between negative social reactions to sexual assault disclosure and mental health outcomes of Black and White female survivors. Psychological Trauma, 10,270-275.

Edwards, K., & Ullman, S.E. (2018, January/February). Preliminary data on a social support intervention to reduce disclosure recipients’ negative social reactions to victims’ disclosures. Journal of College Student Development, 59, 105-110.

Peter-Hagene, L.P., & Ullman, S.E. (2018). Longitudinal effects of sexual assault victims’ drinking and self-blame on PTSD. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33, 83-93.

Dworkin, E., Ullman, S.E., Stappenbeck, C., Brill, C., & Kaysen, D. (2017). Proximal relationships between social support and PTSD symptom severity: A daily diary study of sexual assault survivors. Depression and Anxiety, 35, 43-49.

Notable Honors

2017-2018, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy Faculty Fellowship, Institute for Research on Race and Public Policy

Education

PhD Brandeis University, New York

Selected Presentations

  • Waterman, E., Edwards, K., Baker, M., & Ullman, S.E. (2019, August). Process evaluation of an intervention to reduce disclosure recipients’ negative social reactions. Paper presented as part of symposium at the American Psychological Association, Chicago, IL.
  • Ullman, S.E. (2019, June). Invited discussant. An examination of campus alcohol use and
    interpersonal violence disclosures, drinking to cope, and perspectives on prevention. Symposium presented at Research Society on Alcoholism, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Waterman, E., Edwards, K., & Ullman, S.E. (2019, June). The correlation of alcohol use with social reactions to disclosure of sexual assault and intimate partner violence. Paper presented in
    symposium, Research Society on Alcoholism, Minneapolis, MN.
  • Ullman, S.E. (2019, March). African American sexual assault survivors and mental health seeking: Qualitative interview findings. Symposium discussant presented at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference. Newport, RI.
  • Ullman, S.E. (2019, March). Understanding men’s Shifting roles in sexual violence victimization, intervention, and perpetration. Symposium discussant presented at the Association for Women in Psychology Conference. Newport, RI.
  • O’Callaghan, E., & Ullman, S.E. (2019, February). Sexual assault disclosure and social reactions: Comparisons between Latina survivors and White, non-Hispanic survivors. SPSP PreConference on Sexual Assault. Portland, OR.
  • Kirkner, A., Lorenz, K., & Ullman, S.E. (2018, November). Sexual Assault Survivors’ Post
    Traumatic Growth: Differences across the Social Ecology. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Ullman, S.E., Lorenz, K., & O’Callaghan, E. (2018, November). Risk Avoidance Strategies after Sexual Assault: A Dyadic Study of Survivors and Informal Support Providers. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Lorenz, K., Kirkner, A., & Ullman, S.E. (November, 2018). A Qualitative Study of Sexual
    Assault Survivors’ Post-Assault Legal System Experiences. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Shepp, V., O’Callaghan, E.O., Kirkner, A., Lorenz, K., & Ullman, S.E. (2018, November). A Qualitative Study of Sexual Assault Survivors and Their Experiences with Sex Work. Paper presented at American Society of Criminology, Atlanta, GA.
  • Dworkin, E., Brill, C., & Ullman, S.E. (2018, November). Associations between social reactions to interpersonal victimization and psychopathology: A meta-analysis. Poster presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. Washington, DC.
  • Haney, L., Littleton, H., & Ullman, S.E. (2018, November). Reactions to a sexual assault disclosure: Evaluation of an alternative scoring method for the Social Reactions Questionnaire. Poster presented at the International Society of Traumatic Stress Studies. Washington, DC.
  • Ullman, S.E. (August, 2017). Sexual assault and helpseeking. Presentation and webinar at the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority. Chicago, IL.