Current Scholars

Integrated early intervention for substance use and Posttraumatic Stress Disorder among women following sexual assault

Christine Hahn, Ph.D. (Sudie Back, Ph.D., Primary Mentor)

Despite substantial empirical support that sexual assault is common and increases risk for substance use disorders (SUDs) and co-occurring posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), there is a lack of efficacious early interventions to reduce these co-occurring conditions following assault. The proposed study directly addresses this gap by developing and evaluating a theory-driven, integrated early intervention for recent sexual assault victims to reduce SUD and PTSD symptoms. The development of an effective early intervention for SUD and PTSD following sexual assault would represent a significant advance in the literature and could yield tremendous public health impact.