One in five U.S. women experience sexual assault during their lifetime, yet the experiences and health outcomes of sexual assault survivors remain very poorly understood. A multidisciplinary team of UNC investigators has received NIH R01 funding from five different institutes to perform the first ever large scale prospective study of sexual assault survivors. The five year study will enroll 900 women who present for emergency care after sexual assault and will follow them prospectively for one year. This study will yield important new insights into survivor experiences. In addition, the study will evaluate genetic, psychosocial, and environmental factors influencing adverse outcomes after sexual assault including chronic pain and posttraumatic stress disorder.
The principal investigator of the grant is Dr. Samuel McLean, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology and Emergency Medicine and Research Vice Chair in the Department of Anesthesiology. Co-investigators on the grant include Dr. Kenneth Bollen, Henry Rudolph Immerwahr Distinguished Professor in the Department of Sociology, and Dr. Sandra Martin, Professor of Maternal and Child Health and Associate Dean for Research at Gillings School of Global Public Health.
Graduate students, fellows, or faculty from underrepresented racial and ethnic groups who are interested in potentially developing an NIH Diversity Supplement application related to the study are invited to send a cover letter and CV to April Soward, Research Program Manager, UNC Department of Anesthesiology, at firstname.lastname@example.org. The NIH offers diversity supplement funding mechanisms for (1) individuals who have completed undergraduate training, (2) post-master's degree students, (3) graduate research assistants, (4) individuals in postdoctoral training, and (5) junior faculty investigators developing independent research careers.