Personnel

 

Kristen Jozkowski

Kristen N. Jozkowski, Ph.D.Assistant Professor of Community Health Promotion
Affiliate faculty in Gender Studies
308-V HPER Building
University of Arkansas
kjozkows@uark.edu
479-575-4111

Dr. Kristen Jozkowski is an assistant professor of Public Health, affiliate faculty in Gender Studies and director of the Sexual Health Research Lab at the University of Arkansas. She is also a Research Fellow with the Kinsey Institute for Research in Sex, Gender and Reproduction at Indiana University. Dr. Jozkowski studies sexual consent negotiation and sexual violence prevention among college students. Her work also focuses on sexual enhancement and sexual function, particularly in adult women. Dr. Jozkowski is the co-Chair for the Sexuality Task Force for the American Public Health Association and a member of the Board of Directors for the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Dr. Jozkowski earned her Ph.D. in Health Behavior from Indiana University, School of Public Health with minors in Mixed Research Methodology and Human Sexuality.

Heather BluntHeather Blunt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Community Health Promotion

308-T HPER Building

University of Arkansas

blunt@uark.edu

479-575-4110

 

Dr. Heather Blunt is an assistant professor in the Community Health Promotion program and co-director of the Sexual Health Research Lab at the University of Arkansas. She earned her M.P.H. and Ph.D. from the University of South Florida’s College of Public Health after earning an Honors B.A. in psychology from the University of Waterloo’s co-op program. Dr. Blunt’s research focuses on the influence of communication on development of sexual feelings about oneself, sexual agency, and sexual health outcomes including pleasure, and sexual and relationship satisfaction. Her research is inclusive of all gender identities, sexual orientations, and sexual partnership types. Dr. Blunt currently serves as a governing councilor for the Population, Reproductive, and Sexual Health section for the American Public Health Association.

 

Wen Jo LoDr. Wen-Juo Lo is an Associate Professor and program co-coordinator in the Educational Statistics and Research Methodology (ESRM) program in the Department of Rehabilitation, Human Resources and Communication Disorders at the University of Arkansas. He received his Ph.D (2008) from Arizona State University in the Division of Psychology in Education with a concentration in Measurement, Statistics, and Methodological Studies His research interests involve methodological issues related to analyses with a focus on psychometric methods. The recent research agenda concentrates statistical methods for the detection of bias in psychological measurement, especially measurement invariance on latent factor models. He has taught several graduate level statistics courses including Introduction Statistics in Education, Experimental Design, Multiple Regression, Hierarchical Linear Modeling and Structural Equation Modeling. He also is an active member in the American Educational Research Association and has served as the proposal reviewer and section chair.

Brandon Crawford
Brandon Crawford
Brandon Crawford is an instructor in the Sociology and Criminal Justice Department in the J. William Fulbright College of Arts and Sciences at the University of Arkansas. He will complete his PhD in Sociology with a concentration in Quantitative Methods and Criminology from the University of Oklahoma this spring. His primary research agenda focuses on outcomes on youth with histories of exposure to child maltreatment and child welfare services. He also studies gender discrimination in child protective cases, attitudes towards abortion access, and sexual and reproductive health. 

Sasha CananSasha Canan is a Ph.D. candidate in Community Health Promotion and Project Coordinator with the Sex Education & Consent Studies lab at the University of Arkansas. Sasha has a graduate certificate in educational statistics and a cognate in mixed-methods research.  She has taught Personal Health & Safety, Public Health Program Planning & Evaluation, Intro to Human Sexuality, and Sexual Minorities at both the University of Arkansas and West Virginia University. Regarding service, Sasha is active with the local LGBT community which includes working on projects like "TRANSform Health Arkansas" as well as working with anti-discrimination ordinances. Additionally, she is the Student and Young Professional Co-Chair of the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality. Currently, Sasha is completing her dissertation which looks at the context of sexual assault in the lesbian, gay, and bisexual communities.
Mary Hunt Mary Hunt is a doctoral student in Community Health Promotion and a Project Coordinator with the Sexual Education and Consent Studies (SECS) Lab under Dr. Kristen Jozkowski at the University of Arkansas. She received her M.S. in Community Health Promotion from the University of Arkansas, and her B.S. in Family Studies and Human Services from Kansas State University. She has worked on several qualitative, quantitative, and mixed methods studies regarding sexual consent, sexual function, hooking up, sexual decision-making, abortion attitudes, and consent in the media. She has extensive experience in multiple forms of data collection techniques data analysis, and supervision and training of undergraduate research assistants.
Malachi Willis

For many years, Malachi meandered across various fields—German, forensics, clinical psychology—uncertain his path to success. Research was never in the forefront of his studies. Little did he know, he had been Miyagi’d. Divergent academic experiences had been discreetly, yet skillfully, shaping his interests. Upon newfound clarity, Malachi arose a sex researcher. He now trains as a Ph.D. student in the Community Health Promotion program. A graduate researcher in the Sexuality Education and Consent Studies lab, Malachi develops under the guidance of Dr. Kristen Jozkowski. A more focused training at the University of Arkansas exposes him to myriad opportunities to pursue research projects in the sexual domain. Consent communication. Linguistic sexism. Sexual ambivalence. Campus climate. Sexuality education. Sexual pleasure. In only his first year, Malachi anticipates ever-blossoming research prospects during his time as an Arkansan. But he’ll remember the adage: “Trust the quality of what you know, not quantity.”

Tiffany Marcantonio Tiffany Marcantonio is a PhD Student in the Community Health Promotion program at the University or Arkansas. She works in the SECS Lab that is co-lead by Dr. Heather Blunt and Dr. Kristen Jozkowski. Tiffany's current research interest include sexual assault, high risk drinking, risky sexual activity and risk recognition. In addition to her own research interest, Tiffany currently manages the undergraduate students enrolled in lab and host a weekly team meeting with them (it is one of her favorite parts of the job!) Before attending UofA, Tiffany completed a Master in Clinical and Mental Health Counseling from Rowan University and is a Licensed Associate Counselor. She has practiced therapy with children and adolescents between the ages of 8-17. Outside of schooling, Tiffany is the current Senior Co-Chair for the Society of the Scientific Study of Sexuality. 

James DiLoretoJD earned his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Massachusetts Boston (having also spent a semester at the University of Texas at El Paso). During his time as an undergraduate, JD was an intern within Massachusetts State Senator Jarrett Barrios’s office. Senator Barrios was one of the nation’s first openly gay Latinos serving in any legislature nationwide. That work inspired JD to dive into politics and throughout the rest of his undergraduate years and in the years thereafter, he worked as a political consultant and field organizer on several local political races in Cambridge and Boston, Massachusetts and subsequently became a labor organizer in western Massachusetts. In 2012, while working for the reelection of President Barack Obama in the swing-state of Virginia, JD met his current partner, an administrator in the College of Engineering. After a bit of convincing, he moved to Arkansas and began his work on a Masters of Public Administration and Non-Profit Studies which he completed in December 2016. His research focused heavily on administration within post-secondary institutions of education and their response to the epidemic of campus sexual assaults and Title IX Education Amendments Act of 1972. Within the Public Policy PhD program, JD plans to continue to analyze IHED policy as it relates to sexual assaults and the role that sex education during the years of secondary education plays a role in that crisis as well as how it relates to more positive attitudes towards the LGBT community.

Brooke Boozua Brooke completed her B.S. at Michigan State University in exercise science and health promotion. She then went on to complete her M.S. at Texas Christian University in kinesiology with an emphasis in nutrition, physical activity, and chronic disease. Brooke began her studies of sexuality at the University of Arkansas where she is a first year PhD student working in the SECS lab. Her advisor is Dr. Heather Blunt. Her research interests include how physiology and psychosocial factors interact to impact sexual function and behaviors. Additionally, she is interested women's contraception choices. She is also interested in development and dynamics of sexual behaviors and attitudes from adolescents and across adulthood. 

Hannah Coffman Hannah Coffman is a Ph.D. student in Community Health Promotion. A Fayetteville native, she received her Bachelor of Arts in Psychology and her Master of Science in Community Health Promotion from the University of Arkansas. Hannah teaches the Resilience and Thriving and Sleep for Lifetime Wellness courses in the Public Health Program in addition to coordinating the Razorbacks Offering Accountability Resources (ROAR) Peer Education group for The Substance Education and Alcohol Resources department in The Wellness Center.  Her research interests include sexual experiences, psychosocial sexual expectancies and alcohol expectancies in the college student population.