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Presentations from the Women’s Health Study (2014-Present)

Since the inception of the Women’s Health Study in 2014, members of the Better Tomorrow Network have analyzed and presented data collected from this groundbreaking study at conferences as close to home as New York City and as far abroad as Lisbon, Portugal. Most recently, research team members from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill presented interim analyses at the Society for Biological Psychiatry’s 2022 Annual Meeting.

Please note: Results that are presented in the following posters are drawn from ongoing data collection and analyses and might not represent the final results of the project.

ūüĒä Rabadey J, Ji Y, An X, Walsh K, He K, Lechner M, Bell K, Black J, Liberzon I, Rauch S, Riviello A, Kessler R, Rossi C, McLean SA. Development of a Brief Risk Assessment Tool to Predict Posttraumatic Stress Six Months After Sexual Assault.¬†Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry 2022, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

ūüĒä Swain HAV, Rowe E, Zhao Y, Ji Y, An X, Lechner M, Bell K, Black J, Buchanan J, Reese R, Platt M, Riviello R, Rossi C, Short NA, McLean SA. Risk for and predictors of somatic symptoms among sexual assault survivors: Results from an observational cohort study. Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry 2022, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Thomas R, Ma JJ, Short NA, Lechner M, Bell K, Black J, Buchanan JA, Ho JD, Riviello RJ, Liberzon I, Rauch SAM, Kessler RC, McLean SA. Substance use to cope with posttraumatic stress disorder in the aftermath of sexual assault: Results from a multi-site prospective study of women sexual assault survivors. Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry 2022, New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Swain HAV, Short NA, An X, D’Anza T, Lechner M, Bell K, Black J, Buchanan J, Reese R, Ho JD, Reed GD, Platt MA, Riviello RJ, Rossi CH, McLean SA. “Post-concussive” somatic symptoms in trauma ‚Äď head injury or more complex picture? Presented at: Annual John B. Graham Student Research Day 2021, Chapel Hill, North Carolina, United States.

Novak C, Witkemper KD, Swain HAV, McLean BS, Tran C, Vitale A, D’Anza T, Bell K, Lechner M, Buchanan J, Black J, Reese R, Ho J, Reed G, Riviello R, Datner EM, Platt M, Rossi C, Nouhan P, Liberzon I, McLean SA. Increased adverse childhood experiences predict worse acute pain and psychological symptoms after sexual assault.¬†Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry; Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Swain HAV, McLean BS, Tran C, Vitale A, Novak C, D’Anza T, Bell K, Lechner M, Buchanan J, Black J, Reese R, Ho J, Reed G, Riviello R, Datner EM, Platt M, Rossi C, Nouhan P, Kessler R, Liberson I, McLean SA. Sexual assault characteristics predict peritraumatic pain and posttraumatic stress response.¬†Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry; Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Short NA, Tungate A, Novak C, Tran C, D’Anza T, Lechner M, Bell K, Black J, Buchanan J, Reese R, Ho J, Reed G, Riviello R, Platt M, Rossi C, Nouhan P, McLean SA. Clinically signicant¬† new or worsening pain is common six weeks after sexual assault: Results of a large-scale cohort study. Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society; Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States.

Sullivan J, Witkemper KD, Markiewitz ND, Swain HAV, Cook J, D’Anza T, Bell K, Lechner M, Buchanan J, Black J, Reese R, Ho J, Reed G, Riviello R, Datner EM, Platt M, Rossi C, Nouhan P, Soward A, McLean SA.¬†Most sexual assault survivors with significant posttraumatic stress do not receive mental health care in the initial weeks after assault.¬†Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry; May 12, 2018; New York City, New York, United States.

Witkemper KD, Sullivan J, Markiewitz ND, Swain HAV, D’Anza T, Bell K, Lechner M, Bucossi MM, Morrison I, Reese R, Ho J, Reed G, Riviello R, Corzine A, Rossi C, Liberzon I, Kessler R, McLean SA. Psychological resilience following sexual assault predicts improved mental health outcomes.¬†Poster presented at:¬†the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry; May 12, 2018; New York City, New York, United States.

Singla AK, Sullivan J, Witkemper KD, Markiewitz ND, Swain HAV, D’Anza T, Bell K, Lechner M, Buchanan J, Morrison I, Reese R, Ho J, Reed G, Riviello R, Datner EM, Platt M, Rossi C, Nouhan P, Soward A, McLean SA.¬†Use of HIV post-exposure prophylaxis among women sexual assault survivors is not associated with increased posttraumatic stress symptoms. Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry; May 11, 2018; New York City, New York, United States.

Buchanan J, Bucossi M, Metz M, Maclen S, Sullivan J, Maltez B, Bhatt K, Soward A, D’Anza T, Bell K, Lechner M, Reese R, Ho J, Rossi C, Black J, Reed G, Platt M, Riviello R, Nouhan P, Phillips C, McLean SA. Self-reporting of medications in sexual assault patients across time. Poster presented at:¬†the North American Congress of Clinical Toxicology; October 2017; Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.

Riviello R, Sullivan J, Bhatt K, Maltez B, D’Anza T, Bell K, Lechner M, Reese R, Buchanan J, Ho J, Rossi C, Nouhan P, McLean B, Platt M, Phillips C, Black J, Reed G, McLean SA.¬†Persistent adverse mental and physical health outcomes are common among women after sexual assault. Presented at: the 9th Mediterranean Emergency Medicine Congress; September 2017; Lisbon, Estremadura, Portugal.

Sullivan J, Maltez B, Bhatt K, Soward A, D’Anza T, Bell K, Lechner M, Gieger-Sedgwick A, Metz M, Ho J, Rossi C, Riviello R, Nouhan P, Phillips C, Platt M, McLean SA. Strangulation during sexual assault predicts increased posttraumatic stress symptoms six weeks after assault.¬†Poster presented at:¬†the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry; May 26, 2017; San Diego, California, United States.

Maltez B, Sullivan J, Soward A, D’Anza T, Bell K, Galloway L, Lechner M, Gieger-Sedgewick A, Buchanan J, Ho J, Rossi C, Hurst K, Riviello R, Corzine A, Moriarty T, McLean SA. Somatic symptoms historically termed “post-concussive” are common in the weeks after sexual assault but unrelated to head injury. Presented at:¬†the Annual Meeting of the Society for Biological Psychiatry; May 26, 2017; San Diego, California, United States.

Lechner M, Ramirez S, Bhatt K, Sullivan J, Soward A, D’Anza T, Bell K, Gieger-Sedgwich A, Buchanan J, Ho J, Riviello R, Nouhan P, DeVore H, Rossi C, Platt M, McLean SA. Linking leading sexual assault centers into learning networks to improve sexual assualt survivor care and outcomes. Poster presented at: the 29th Annual Rocky Mountain Inter-Professional Research and Evidence-Based Practice Symposium; April 2017; Denver, Colorado, United States.

Keku A, Battles S, Liu AY, Soward A, D’Anza T, Bell K, Galloway L,¬†Nouham¬†P, Groat J, Giefer-Sedgewick A, Jarvis K, McLean SA.¬†Design, Implementation, and Initial Results from the Women’s Health Study. Poster presented¬†at:¬†The Annual Scientific Meeting of the American Pain Society; May 2016; Austin, TX.

Presentations from the pilot/preliminary study for the Women’s Health Study (2008-2011)

In order to assess the feasibility and challenges of building a multi-site network dedicated to improving the care provided to sexual assault survivors,¬†a pilot study for the Women’s Health Study was undertaken from 2008 to 2011. Results from the pilot informed and supported the development of the Women’s Health Study in 2014.

Murray CT, Ulirsch JC, Soward AC, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Wheeler R, Foley KA, Batts J, Collette R, Holbrook D, Goodman E, Csontos E, McLean SA. Most sexual assault survivors with new moderate or severe pain do not receive medical care in the initial six weeks after sexual assault. Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society; 2013; New Orleans, Louisiana, United States.

Soward A, Ulirsch J, Liberzon I, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Wheeler R, Batts J, Casto T, Collette R, Holbrook D Goodman E,  Csontos E, Rausch SAM,  Diatchenko L, McLean SA. Catechol O-Methyltransferase Haplotype Predicts Posttraumatic Stress Disorder Symptom Severity Six Weeks after Sexual Assault. Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry, Philadelphia, PA, May 2012 and at the Annual Meeting of the Society of Academic Emergency Medicine; May 2012; Chicago, Illinois, United States.

Soward AC, Whittington K, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Wheeler R, Foley K, Batts J, Casto T, Collette R, Holbrook D, Goodman E, Harney K, Csontos E, Rauch SAM, Liberzon I, McLean SA. Moderate or severe pain is common six weeks after sexual assault. Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society, Austin, TX, 2011 and the Annual Meeting of the SAEM; 2011; Boston, Massachusettes, United States.

McLean SA, Soward AC, Rotolo S, Rossi C, Whittington K, Rauch SAM, Jackson C, Zelman S, Foley K, Batts J, Liberzon I. New moderate or severe pain is common after sexual assault. Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the Society of Biological Psychiatry; 2011; San Francisco, California, United States.

Westphal W, Soward AC, Rossi C, Rotolo S, Heafner T, Foley K, Batts J, Casto T, Collette R, Holbrook D, Goodman E, Harney K, Csontos E, Rauch SAM, Liberzon I, McLean SA. Severe pain is common but rarely treated in the immediate aftermath of sexual assault. Poster presented at: the Annual Meeting of the American Pain Society; 2011; Austin, Texas, United States.

Orrey D, Soward A, Rotolo S, Rossi C, Roane BM, Csontos E, Casto T, Rauch SAM, Liberzon I, McLean SA. Psychological characteristics associated with pain severity in the early aftermath of sexual assault. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society; 2010; Baltimore, Maryland, United States.

Soward AC, Orrey DC, Rotolo S, Rossi C, Roane BM, Csontos E, Casto T, Wheeler B, Rauch S, Slade G, McLean SA. Incidence and distribution of pain symptoms after sexual assault. Presented at the annual meeting of the American Pain Society; 2010; Baltimore, Maryland, United States.