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Heather Hensman Kettrey

Research Associate, Peabody Research Institute

Heather Hensman Kettrey is a Research Associate at the Peabody Research Institute. Kettrey received her PhD in Sociology from Vanderbilt University. Her research focuses on power, violence, and inequality specifically as they apply to gender, sexuality, and race. Her dissertation research explored relationships between gender norms and college students’ participation in undesired sexual activity during hookups.

Kettrey’s recent research focuses on programs designed to prevent or alleviate violence and inequality. Recent projects include a meta-analysis of the association between gay-straight alliances (GSAs) and school-based victimization of LGBTQ+ youth and a meta-analysis of the effects of specialized treatment programs on recidivism among juvenile sex offenders.

At the Peabody Research Institute, Kettrey is Principal Investigator of a meta-analysis funded by the Campbell Collaboration to examine the effects of bystander programs on the prevention of sexual assault among adolescents and college students. She is also Co-Investigator (with Emily Tanner-Smith, Principal Investigator) on a quasi-experimental trial funded by the March of Dimes to evaluate the effects of their Supportive Pregnancy Care program on the prevention of pre-term birth and low birth weight across multiple pilot sites in Tennessee. Her research has appeared in Journal of Family Violence, The Journal of Sex Research, Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Social Currents, Social Science Quarterly, Sociology of Race and Ethnicity, and Violence Against Women.