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Martie Thompson, Ph.D. Research Professor, IFNL. Family history. Educational history. Georgia State University: B.A. (1989) in Psychology Georgia State University: Ph.D. (1995) in Community Psychology Emory University School of Medicine: Postdoctoral fellowship (1995-1997)

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Martie Thompson, Ph.D.

Research Professor, IFNL


Family history


Educational history

Georgia State University: B.A. (1989) in Psychology

Georgia State University: Ph.D. (1995) in Community Psychology

Emory University School of Medicine: Postdoctoral fellowship (1995-1997)

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: Epidemic Intelligence Service (1997-1999)


Work roles

Research Professor, IFNL, Clemson

Director, Center for Research and Collaborative Activities, College of HEHD, Clemson University

Associate Editor, Journal of Family Psychology

Adjunct Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Emory University School of Medicine


Sexual Violence Research


Sexual Violence Research: Female study

  • Surveyed 720 first-year females about experiences with sexual violence and its risk factors and consequences

  • Variables included sexual victimization, alcohol use, post-traumatic cognitions, PTSD, depression, childhood trauma ….


Structural Equation Model Depicting Mediating Role of Posttraumatic Cognitions in Associations Between Sexual Victimization with Depression and Alcohol-related Negative Consequences


Sexual Violence Research: Male study

  • Recruited 800 first-year males

  • Surveyed at end of their four years in college in 2008-2011

  • Theory of Triadic Influence:

    Individual-level variables: Superficial charm, hostility towards women, rape supportive beliefs, more sexual partners, alcohol misuse

    Peer/Social-level: Peer approval of forced sex, peer pressure for sex, perceived sanctions

    Cultural/Environmental-level: Fraternity, pornography, religiosity


Plot of sexual aggression trajectories

Low/None:70.9%; Increasing: 8.1%; Decreasing: 12.4%; High: 8.6%


Suicide Research


National Longitudinal Study of Adolescent Health

  • Add health largest, most comprehensive longitudinal survey of adolescents

  • Nationally representative sample of youth in grades 7-12 and re-surveyed ~ 1, 7, and 13 years later


Rationale for AFSP project

  • Suicide 2nd leading cause of death in older youth

  • Little is known about how suicide risk changes over the course of emerging adulthood and what factors predict these changes

  • Objectives of AFSP project are to identify suicide risk trajectories among youth transitioning into adulthood and determine main and interactive effects of intrapersonal, social, and cultural risk and protective factors in predicting these trajectories


Scope of Data

  • Health: chronic conditions, injury, mental health (depression, suicide)

  • Personality

  • Religiosity and spirituality

  • Behavioral data: sleep, physical activity, diet, substance use, violence, sexual behavior (STDs, contraception, pregnancy)

  • Education history and high school transcripts

  • Work and military experiences

  • Relationships- parents, teachers, friends, partners

  • Children and parenting

  • Neighborhood, school, household characteristics


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