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Tara E. Sutton

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I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Georgia in the department of Sociology. My work focuses on social and family contexts of crime, violence, and deviance among adolescents and young adults. In my research, I examine predictors and outcomes of intimate partner violence, sexual assault, child abuse, and other criminal, violent, and deviant behavior (e.g. delinquency, risky sex, substance use) among youth. I am particularly interested in violence against women and children, the intergenerational transmission of violence, delinquency and deviance among youth, and criminological theory. As a whole, my work has important implications for working with perpetrators and victims of relational and family violence. I am also proficient in several advanced statistical techniques including structural equation modeling, dyadic data analysis, latent class and transition analysis, and growth curve modeling.

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  • B.S. in Psychology, University of Georgia 2010
  • M.S. in Human Development and Family Science, University of Georgia, 2012
  • Quantitative Methods in Family Science Certificate, University of Georgia, 2017
Selected Publications:
  • Sutton, Tara E., Leslie Gordon Simons, Ronald L. Simons, and Carolyn Cutrona. In press.“Psychological Distress, Couple Interactions, and Parenting: a Dyadic Analysis of African American Couples.” Journal of Marriage & Family.
  • Barr, Ashley B., Tara E. Sutton, Leslie Gordon Simons, K.A.S. Wickrama, and Frederick O.Lorenz. In Press. “Romantic Relationship Transitions and Changes in Health among Rural, White Young Adults.” Journal of Family Psychology.
  • Simons, Leslie Gordon, Tara E. Sutton, Ronald L. Simons, Frederick X. Gibbons, and Velma McBride Murry. 2016. “Mechanisms That Link Parenting Practices to Adolescents’ Risky Sexual Behavior:  A Test of Six Competing Theories.” Journal of Youth & Adolescence 45(2):255-270.
  • Oshri, Assaf, Itai Himelboim, Josephine A. Kwon, Tara E. Sutton, and James MacKillop.2015. “Child Physical and Sexual Abuse and Social Network Patterns on Social Media: Associations with Alcohol Use and Problems among Young Adult Women.” Journal of Studies on Alcohol & Drugs 76(6):845-851.
  • Sutton, Tara E. and Leslie Gordon Simons. 2015. “Sexual Assault among College Students:Family of Origin Hostility, Attachment, and the Hook-Up Culture as Risks.” Journal of Child & Family Studies 24(10): 2827-2840.
  • Oshri, Assaf, Tara E. Sutton, Joshua Miller, and Jody Clay-Warner. 2015. “Child Maltreatment Types and Risk Behaviors: Associations with Attachment Style and Emotion Regulation Dimensions.” Personality & Individual Differences 73: 127-133.
  • Oshri, Assaf, Elizabeth D. Handley, Tara E. Sutton, Sanne Wortel, and Mandi L. Burnette. 2014. “Developmental Trajectories of Substance Use among Sexual Minority Girls: Associations with Sexual Victimization and Sexual Health Risk.” Journal of Adolescent Health 55(1): 100-106.
  • Sutton, Tara E., Leslie Gordon Simons, K.A.S. Wickrama, and Ted G. Futris. 2014. “The Intergenerational Transmission of Violence: Examining the Mediating Roles of Insecure Attachment and Destructive Disagreement Beliefs.” Violence & Victims 29(4): 670-687.
  • Simons, Leslie Gordon, Ronald L. Simons, Man-Kit Lei, and Tara E. Sutton. 2012. “Exposure to Harsh Parenting and Pornography as Explanations for Males' Sexual Coercion and Females' Sexual Victimization.” Violence and Victims 27(3): 378-395.
Of Note:
  • 2017-2018 - Dissertation Completion Award ($15,000), The Graduate School, University of Georgia
  • 2017 - Certificate of Excellence (Research), Department of Sociology, University of Georgia
  • 2017 - Beck Graduate Student Teaching Award, Department of Sociology, University of Georgia
  • 2017 - Outstanding Teacher Award, Office of the Vice President for Instruction, University of Georgia
  • 2017 - Foreign Travel Assistance Award ($550), Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Georgia
  • 2016 - Summer Doctoral Research Fellowship ($3,500), The Graduate School, University of Georgia
  • 2015 - Foreign Travel Assistance Award ($450), Office of the Vice President for Research, University of Georgia
  • 2013 - Jim and Lynda Walters Support Fund

External Committee

Chalandra Bryant