This presentation will focus on the methodology of conducting a 5-year comprehensive and scientific effort to study and reduce intimate and interpersonal violence at all 14 University of Texas (UT) System Institutions of Higher Education (IHEs). It will also present findings specifically related to economic and personal impacts from sexual assaults identified by study participants. As a research action project, the study is unprecedented in its scope, duration, and depth of understanding on the issues of sexual assault, sexual harassment, dating violence/domestic violence, and stalking that college students may face.
Dr. Matt Kammer-Kerwick is Research Scientist at the Bureau of Business Research, The University of Texas at Austin. His research interests focus on decision-making under uncertainty, mathematical optimization, quantitative analysis, and applications in information, logistics, and manufacturing systems. He is currently using mixed-methods research for problems in the domains of sexual assault prevalence and the economic impact of human trafficking. He is the co-principal investigator for the UT System “Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments” study. His work in human trafficking has been funded by the National Science Foundation.
Bruce Kellison, PhD, is Director of the Bureau of Business Research, and co-director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault, at The University of Texas at Austin. Kellison was principal investigator of a multi-year grant from the Texas Office of the Governor to study the prevalence and impact of human trafficking in Texas, and he was co-investigator on the UT System “Cultivating Learning and Safe Environments” study. He served as president of the Association for University Business and Economic Research in 2017, a leading professional organization devoted to improving the quality and application of researchin public policy and business economics.