News

December 6, 2018
An opinion piece published in The Hill by SHIFT co-PI Jennifer S. Hirsch and team member Stephanie Grilo discusses why better sex education is needed to help prevent sexual assault: The next step for #MeToo is better sex education.

November 28, 2018
Manuscript published in the Journal of Women's Health, Situational Contexts and Risk Factors Associated with Incapacitated and Nonincapacitated Sexual Assaults Among College Women. New research from SHIFT examines the different situational contexts associated with incapacitated and nonincapacitated sexual assaults, and discusses the implications for the design of prevention strategies that will effectively target the diverse risk environments in which campus sexual assault occurs.

November 14, 2018
A press release from the Mailman School of Public Health highlights findings from SHIFT's recent paper Does sex education before college protect students from sexual assault in college? Read more about SHIFT and the paper's results: High School Sex Ed May Prevent Sexual Assault in College.

November 14, 2018
Manuscript published in PLOS ONE, Does sex education before college protect students from sexual assault in college? This paper examines historical risk factors (experiences and exposures that occurred prior to college) for penetrative sexual assault victimization since entering college, drawing on SHIFT's ethnographic and survey data. Of particular note, the study found that refusal skills training before age 18 may reduce the risk of sexual assault in college.

September 20, 2018
Jennifer S. Hirsch and Claude A. Mellins talk to Teen Vogue about consent practices, consent education, and SHIFT's new paper on the Social Dimensions of Consent in A Lack of Sex Ed May Impact How Some College Students Practice Consent, Research Says, by Brittney McNamara. 

September 20, 2018
Manuscript published in the Journal of Adolescent HealthSocial Dimensions of Sexual Consent Among Cisgender Heterosexual College Students: Insights From Ethnographic Research.
Using ethnographic data, this paper explores how students actually "do" consent and points to seven social dimensions that shape students’ practices of eliciting and giving sexual consent. 

July 12, 2018
Manuscript published in Sociological Science, "I Didn't Want To Be 'That Girl'": The Social Risks of Labeling, Telling, and Reporting Sexual Assault
This article deploys ethnographic data to explain why some students do not label experiences as sexual assault or report those experiences.

May 7, 2018
Manuscript published in Global Public HealthFriends, Strangers, and Bystanders: Informal Practices of Sexual Assault Intervention
Drawing on SHIFT's ethnographic data, this research examines how undergraduate men understand bystander interventions and how those understandings shape their actual practices.

May 2, 2018
Manuscript published in Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, Comprehensive Sexuality Education as a Primary Prevention Strategy for Sexual Violence Perpetration.
Related to SHIFT's work, Madeline Schneider & Jennifer Hirsch examine the potential of K–12 comprehensive sexuality education to be an effective strategy for preventing sexual violence perpetration.  

April 6, 2018
Manuscript published in the journal Voices, Transforming the Campus Climate: Advancing Mixed‐Methods Research on the Social and Cultural Roots of Sexual Assault on a College Campus.
This paper outlines how SHIFT came to fruition, provides more detail about our mixed-methods approach, and includes preliminary recommendations based on initial findings and some lessons learned. 

February 12, 2018
Article profiling SHIFT in The New Yorker, "Is There a Smarter Way to Think About Sexual Assault on Campus?" by Jia Tolentino.

February 9, 2018
Article reporting on SHIFT in The Chronicle of Higher Education, "The Sex Study That Could Alter Our Understanding of Campus Assault" by Marc Parry.

February 6, 2018
WNYC's Brian Lehrer interviews Jia Tolentino, author of The New Yorker article about SHIFT. 

November 9, 2017
Manuscript published in the journal PLOS ONE, Sexual Assault Incidents Among College Undergraduates: Prevalence and Factors Associated with Risk.
This paper presents the first findings from SHIFT's survey, focusing on student experiences of different types of sexual assault victimization, as well as sociodemographic, social, and risk environment correlates. 

June 9, 2017
Article on the Mailman School of Public Health website, "Columbia Researchers Present Findings from Landmark Sexual Assault Study During Mailman School Symposium".

May 2, 2017
From SHIFT, to Columbia and Barnard Undergrads: Thank You!

April 20, 2017
Research update as of April 20, 2017