Faculty Profile: Theresa Senn, Ph.D.

Theresa Senn, Ph.D.
Associate Professor of Psych & Hb (Research)
Bio Med Psychiatry & Human Behavior


Theresa E. Senn is an Associate Professor (Research) in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior at Brown University and a Senior Research Scientist in the Centers for Behavioral and Preventive Medicine at The Miriam Hospital. Her primary research focus is on sexual health. She is interested in (a) investigating individual-level and community-level determinants of sexual risk behavior, (b) the development and evaluation of sexual risk reduction interventions,(c) understanding the intersection of violence/stress and sexual health, and (d) helping individuals infected with HIV to receive medical care.

Funded Research

R01 MH068171 09/01/09—06/30/14
HIV Prevention for STD Clinic Patients
The goal of this research is to develop and evaluate a video-based sexual risk reduction intervention for patients attending an STD clinic.
Role: Co-Investigator

R34 MH095362
Development of a Novel HIV Risk Reduction Intervention for Abused Women
The goal of this research is to develop and pilot test a novel sexual risk reduction intervention for women with a history of childhood sexual abuse.
Role: Principal Investigator

R21 MH083502
HIV Risk among Women with a History of Childhood Sexual Abuse
The goal of this research was to investigate the psychological processes that mediate the relationship between childhood sexual abuse and adult sexual risk behavior in women receiving care at an STD clinic.
Role: Principal Investigator