Prevention Research Center, Division of Prevention & Population Sciences, UNM Department of Pediatrics

MSC11 6145
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

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Research Incubator Building (RIB) Suite 120

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MPH Student with the UNM PRC Wins Student Poster Competition

May 18, 2018

Mary Carmody wins the Delta Omega Gamma Epsilon poster competition The UNM Prevention Research Center congratulates Mary Carmody on winning the Delta Omega Gamma Epsilon poster competition for her research project, “The Impact of Violence on Sexual and Gender Minority College Students”!

Mary is a student in the Master of Public Health program at UNM College of Population Health, and she will be graduating this summer. Mary previously worked with AmeriCorps, where she taught safe sex practices for high-risk populations, and volunteered at the Rape Crisis Center of Central New Mexico and Planned Parenthood. These experiences contributed to her areas of research interest, including sexual and reproductive health and the reduction of violence victimization and intimate partner violence.

Mary’s project looked at sexual and partner violence using a Campus Climate Survey of UNM undergraduates in 2017. The survey was the first of three annual surveys to be conducted as part of a national study led by the University of Kentucky. Dr. Theresa Cruz with the UNM PRC is the UNM faculty liaison for the study at UNM and serves on Mary’s thesis committee along with Dr. Alexis Handal (Chair) and Dr. Francisco Soto Mas.

Mary’s research compared the rates of sexual harassment, sexual assault, stalking, and intimate partner violence between sexual and gender minority (SGM) students and non-SGM students. It also compared how experiences of violence affected academic performance in the two groups, and if racial/ethnic minority SGM students experienced worse violence victimization and subsequent academic interference. Her results found that SGM students are at an increased risk of violence and interference with their academic performance compared to non-SGM students.

The award includes a trip to the American Public Health Association Annual Conference in San Diego, CA this fall. Additionally, her abstract was submitted to the Delta Omega Student Poster Competition at the conference, and will be considered for presentation there as well. She also plans to work towards publishing her research, as there is currently limited literature looking at the effects of violence on SGM students, particularly racial/ethnic minority SGM students, and the findings of this research could contribute to improvements in best practice strategies and interventions.