UT Pregame Showcase Examines Link Between Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence

KNOXVILLE — Gregory Stuart, associate professor of psychology, will lead a discussion on the link between substance abuse and partner violence at the College of Arts and Sciences Pregame Faculty Showcase at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.

This week’s presentation takes place Saturday, Oct. 3, before the UT home game against Auburn University. It begins at 5:45 p.m. in the University Center Ballroom.

Stuart’s presentation, titled “The Intersection of Substance Abuse and Intimate Partner Violence,” will review evidence of the strong association between substance use, particularly alcohol, and intimate partner violence. He will discuss his research about the impact of substance abuse treatment on partner violence in alcoholics and individuals arrested for domestic violence. Stuart hopes to improve the understanding and treatment of family violence across the lifespan.

Stuart’s research has helped increase awareness of the potential role of both partners’ substance use in partner violence perpetration and victimization. His work also has encouraged the development and testing of models to examine these relationships. His research also has prompted alcohol treatment to be integrated into standard care for batterers and promoted interventions that address both substance use and relationship aggression.

Stuart has served as director of the adult psychopathology track of the Brown University Clinical Psychology Training Consortium, and served a two-year term as co-president of the Couples Research and Therapy Special Interest Group at the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies. He is an ad hoc member of the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism (NIAAA) Clinical and Treatment Grant Review Committee. He has reviewed research grants for the Centers for Disease Control, the Center for Scientific Review at the National Institutes of Health, the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation and the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada. Stuart is a fellow in the American Psychological Association.

For 20 years, the Pregame Faculty Showcase has introduced football fans to some of UT Knoxville’s most exceptional faculty members.

Each showcase is a 30-minute presentation, followed by a 15-minute question-and-answer session. Free and open to the public, the presentations are held two hours before kickoff in the University Center Ballroom.

The rest of the showcase schedule is:

Oct. 10 — Cynthia Peterson, professor of biochemistry and cellular and molecular biology, will talk about her work to visualize human proteins too small to view even with the most powerful microscopes.

Oct. 31 — Jed Diamond, UT’s head of acting in the theater department, will relate tales of UT alumni who are working actors.

Nov. 7 (Homecoming) — Larry McKay, professor and head of the earth and planetary sciences department, will explain how geology and hydrology affect viruses and bacteria in groundwater and streams.

Nov. 21 — Michael Lofaro, English professor, will look at “James Agee at 100: A Centennial Celebration.”

The showcases will be recorded and the webcast archive will be posted online at http://www.artsci.utk.edu/outreach/Pre_Game.asp.

The showcases are sponsored by the College of Arts and Sciences, WUOT 91.9 FM, the UT Alumni Association, the UT Office of Alumni Affairs and the UT Athletics Program.

C O N T A C T :

Beth Gladden, (865-974-9008, bgladden@utk.edu)

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