Dr. Jacquelyn White

Email: jwwhite@uncg.edu

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Major Area: Social Psychology

Jacquelyn W. White, PhD is Professor Emerita of Psychology at the University of North
Carolina at Greensboro.  She 
retired from UNCG in August, 2012, at which time she was a Professor of Psychology and the Associate Dean for Research in the College of Arts and Sciences.  
Dr. White is currently serving as the 2012-2013 AAAS/American Psychological Association Catherine Acuff Congressional Fellow in Washington, DC.

Current focus:  Project PREVENT: Preventing Violence against Women and Children by Engaging Information Technology  Dr. White is collaborating with faculty from Information Systems, Counseling, Library and Information Studies, and the local community to form a partnership to reduce and prevent interpersonal violence among women and children. The team is designing, building, and evaluating an accessible, user-friendly, interactive state-of-the-art web-based virtual community, to be enhanced with various applications and social media. This environment will provide a safe and secure environment where victims, service providers, law enforcement personnel, policy makers, educators, and researchers can come together to openly share and exchange experiences, teach, learn or engage in self-help efforts, and provide or receive emotional, medical, psychological, and legal support. 

Dr. White’s research has focused on gender issues, aggression, and intimate partner violence. Dr. White has conducted research in the area of aggression and violence for over 35 years, publishing numerous articles and chapters. Recent publications reflect an ecological developmental perspective to aggression and violence. She has conducted one of the few longitudinal studies of sexual and physical dating violence among adolescents and college students, a five-year projected funded by NIMH and NIJ was co-investigator on a NIDA-funded project on substance abuse and trauma.  She is particularly interested in sorting out predictors and consequences of sexual and physical assault, examining in particular various mental health problems and substance use. Her developmental approach suggests that adolescent dating violence should be considered within a social ecological model that embeds the individual within the context of adolescent friendships and romantic relationships, as well as family and other social institutions that shape a young person’s sense of self.


She was co-editor of the two volume series being published by the American Psychological Association: Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities. Volume 1:  Mapping the Terrain and Volume I1:  Navigating Solutions. She has been a consultant on a project with the US Navy examining the impact of pre-military experiences with physical and sexual abuse on military experiences. She is a past editor of Psychology of Women Quarterly and on the Board of Editors for Aggressive Behavior. She is a former director of Women’s Studies at UNCG, is a past president of the Southeastern Psychological Association, past president of the Society for the Psychology of Women, and the 2008 recipient of the Carolyn Wood Sherif Award and 2010 American Psychological Associations’ Committee on Women’s Leadership Award. She also received the 2011 Sue Rosenberg Zalk Award for Distinguished leadership from the Society for the Psychology of Women.  She was the co-founder of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence, and served as its co-director 2008-2012.

In December of 2010 she was one of four academic researchers invited to participate in a White House roundtable of teen dating violence and sexual assault, hosted by Lynn Rosenthal, the White House advisor on violence against women and attended the 17th anniversary celebration of the Violence against Women Act, hosted by Vice-President Biden and Dr. Jill Biden at their home in Washington, DC.

Recent Publications

White, J.W., Koss, M. P. & Kazdin, A.E. Editors. (2011). Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities. Volume I:  Mapping the Terrain. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

Koss, M. P., White, J. W., & Kazdin, A.E. Editors. (2011). Violence against women and children: Consensus, critical analyses, and emergent priorities. Volume II:  Navigating Solutions. Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.

White, J. W. (2007, ed. 3; 2009, ed. 4; 2011; ed. 5, ed 6, 2013). Taking Sides: Clashing Views in Gender. New York: McGraw-Hill.


Murray, C., Nemati, H., & White, J. W. (under review). Domestic Violence Service Providers’ Needs and Perceptions of Technology.

White, J. W., Buehler, C., & Weymouth, B. (in press). Childhood ADHD Symptoms and Adolescent Female Sexual Victimization: Mediating and Moderating Effects of Risky Behaviors. Journal of Sexual Aggression.

White, J. W. & Buehler, C. (2012). Adolescent Sexual Victimization, ADHD Symptoms, and Risky Sexual Behavior. Journal of Family Violence.

Lyndon, A., Duffy, D., Smith, P. H., & White, J. W. (2011). The role of high school coaches in helping prevent adolescent sexual aggression: Part of the solution or part of the problem? Journal of Sport and Social Issues. http://jss.sagepub.com/content/early/2011/11/15/0193723511426292

Swartout, A. G., Swartout, K. M. & White, J. W. (2011).  What your data didn’t tell you the first time around: Advanced analytic approaches to longitudinal analyses. Violence Against Women, 17(3), 309-321.

Swartout, K. M. Swartout, A. G., & White, J. W. (2011). A person-centered, longitudinal approach to sexual victimization. Journal of the Psychology of Violence, 1 (1), 29-40.

Read, J. P., Ouimette, P., White, J. W., Colder, C. R., & Farrow, S. M. (2011). DSM IV-TR trauma exposure and posttraumatic stress disorder among newly matriculated college students.  Trauma: Theory, Research, and Practice, 3(2), 148-156

Swartout, K. & White, J. W. (2010). The relationship between drug use and sexual aggression in men across time. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 25(9), 1716-1735.

White, J. W. (2009). A gendered approach to adolescent dating violence: Conceptual and methodological issues. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33, 1-15.

Smith, P. H., White, J. W., & Moracco, K. E. (2009). Becoming who we are: A theoretical explanation of gendered social structures and social networks that shape adolescent interpersonal aggression. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 33,25-29.

White, J. W. & Smith, P. H. (2009). Co-variation in the use of physical and sexual intimate partner aggression among adolescent and college-age men: A longitudinal analysis. Violence Against Women, 15, 24-43.

Koss, M. P. & White, J. W. (2008). National and global agendas on violence against women: Historical perspective and consensus. Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 78, 386-393.

White, J. W., McMullin, D., Swartout, K., Sechrist, S. M., & Gollehon, A. (2008). Violence in intimate relationships: A conceptual and empirical examination of sexual and physical aggression. Children and Youth Services Review, 30, 338–351.

Koss, M. P., Abbey, A., Campbell, R., Cook, S., Norris, J., Testa, M., Ullman, S., West, C., & White, J. (2007). Revising the SES:  A collaborative process to improve assessment of sexual aggression and victimization.Psychology of Women Quarterly , 31,357-370.

McMullin, D. M., Wirth, R. J., & White. J. W. (2007).  The impact of sexual victimization on personality: A longitudinal study of gendered attributes. Sex Roles , 403-414. 






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