Kate Walsh

Position title: Associate Professor of Gender & Women's Studies, and Psychology

Email: klwalsh2@wisc.edu

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Pronouns: she/her/hers
Curriculum Vitae
Joint Appointment:  Psychology

My interdisciplinary research program focuses on risk factors and outcomes of sexual violence. One line of research has examined population prevalence and correlates of sexual violence perpetration and victimization rates in adolescent, adult, college, military, and treatment-seeking samples. A second area of research has explicated biopsychosocial pathways from sexual violence to associated mental health and behavioral sequelae [e.g., posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD), substance use, risk behaviors]. A third line of research has addressed the intergenerational transmission of trauma exposure and associated sequelae, including stress responsivity. A fourth area of research has focused on translating findings from epidemiological, clinical, and lab-based findings into primary and secondary prevention programs for sexual violence.

Course (Spring 2021):
Gen&WS/PSY 522:  Psychology of Women

Select Publications:

Walsh, K., Choo, T-H., Wall, M., Hirsch, J.S., Ford, J., Santelli, J., Gilbert, L., Thompson, M., Reardon, L., & Mellins, C.A. (in press). Repeat sexual victimization during college: Prevalence and psychosocial correlates. Psychology of Violence.

Walsh, K., McCormack, C.A., Webster, R., Pinto, A., Lee, S., Feng, T., Liu, G., Krakovsky, H.S., O’Grady, S.M., Tycko, B., Champagne, F. Werner, E.A., Monk, C. (2019). Maternal prenatal stress phenotypes associate with fetal neurodevelopment and birth outcomes. Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, 116(48), 23996-24005.

Walsh, K., Sarvet, A.L., Wall, M., Gilbert, L., Santelli, J., Khan, S. Thompson, M.P., Reardon, L.., Hirsch, J.S., & Mellins, C.A. (2019). Prevalence and correlates of sexual assault perpetration and ambiguous consent in a representative sample of college students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Walsh, K., Gilmore, A.K., Frazier, P., Ledray, L., Acierno, R., Ruggiero, K.J., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Resnick, H.S. (2017). A randomized clinical trial examining the effect of video-based prevention of alcohol and marijuana use among recent sexual assault victims. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 41, 2163-2172.

Walsh, K., Zinzow, H., Badour, C., Ruggiero, K.J., Kilpatrick, D., & Resnick, H.S. (2016). Understanding disparities in service seeking following forcible versus drug or alcohol facilitated/incapacitated rape. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 31, 2475-2491.  

Walsh, K., Keyes, K.M., Koenen, K.C., & Hasin, D. (2015). Lifetime prevalence of gender-based violence in US women: Associations with mental and substance use disorders. Journal of Psychiatric Research, 62, 7-13. 

Walsh, K., Galea, S., Cerda, M., Richards, C., Liberzon, I., Tamburrino, M., Calabrese, J., & Koenen, K. (2014). Unit support protects against sexual harassment and assault among National Guard soldiers. Women’s Health Issues, 24, 600-604.  

Walsh, K., Nugent, N.R., Kotte, A., Amstadter, A.B., Wang, S., Guille, C., Acierno, R., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Resnick, H.S. (2013). Cortisol at the emergency room rape visit as a predictor of PTSD and depression symptoms over time. Psychoneuroendocrinology, 38, 2520-8.

Walsh, K., Koenen, K., Aiello, A.E., Uddin, M., & Galea, S. (2013). Prevalence of sexual violence and posttraumatic stress disorder in an urban African-American population. Journal of Immigrant and Minority Health, 1-4.

Walsh, K., Danielson, C.K., McCauley, J., Saunders, B.E., Kilpatrick, D.G., & Resnick, H.S. (2012). National prevalence of PTSD among sexually revictimized adolescent, college, and adult women. Archives of General Psychiatry, 69, 935-942.