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Dr. Elizabeth Neilson

Assistant Professor
Program/Department: Psychology
Degrees, Licensures, and Certifications: Ph.D., University of Washington Seattle, MPH, University of Michigan, MSW, University of Michigan


Dr. Elizabeth Neilson received a joint MSW and MPH from the University of Michigan in 2008 after which she worked as a clinical social worker in Chicago, Illinois. She then received a Ph.D. in clinical psychology from University of Washington in Seattle, Washington, and completed her clinical residency at the Michael E. DeBakey VA Medical Center in Houston, Texas. She teaches addiction therapies and psychology of gender at the undergraduate level and assessment of intelligence and marital and family therapy at the graduate level.

Research Interests

Neilson’s program of research examines the intersection of gender-based violence, substance use, and sexual health. Dr. Neilson’s main focus is the emotional and cognitive mechanisms by which alcohol intoxication is associated with the perpetration of sexual violence. Dr. Neilson uses a multi-method approach to identify mechanisms for intervention development. In addition, Dr. Neilson examines the downstream effects of gender-based violence victimization on substance use and sexual health decision-making.

Research Topics:

  • State emotional arousal and emotion regulation as mechanisms of alcohol-involved sexual aggression
  • Emotion and acute intoxication on men’s condom use resistance tactics
  • Context-dependent condom use self-efficacy as a protective factor in women’s condom use decision-making following intimate partner violence


Contact Info

441 Reed Hall