Paula Barata

Applied Social Psychology
519-824-4120 x56562
Mackinnon Extension, Rm 3017
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Fall 2019: Mondays 3-5


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My research deals with the psychosocial determinants that influence women’s health and wellbeing. In particular, I am interested in how women are broadly impacted by sexual and physical violence, and what we can do to ameliorate that violence.  Currently, I am working on projects dealing with the evaluation and implementation of a sexual assault prevention program, housing discrimination against battered women, and the evaluation of a program for children who have witnessed intimate partner violence.  I have also done work on the incorporation of HPV technologies into cervical cancer prevention.


PhD Applied Social Psychology, University of Windsor, 2004

MA Applied Social Psychology, University of Windsor, 1999

BA (Honours) Psychology, University of British Columbia, 1994

Selected Publications

Barata, P.C. & Senn, C.Y. (2019). Interventions to Reduce Violence Against Women: The Contribution of Applied Social Psychology. In K. O’Doherty & D. Hodgetts (Eds.). The SAGE Handbook of Applied Social Psychology. SAGE Publishing.

Jeffrey, N. K., & Barata, P. C. (2019). “She didn’t want to…and I’d obviously insist”: Men’s normalization of their sexual violence against intimate partners. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 28(1), 85-105.

Crann, S. & Barata, P.C.  (2019). “We can be oppressed but that does not mean we cannot fight oppression”: Narratives of resilience and advocacy from survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication

Furman, E. Barata, P. Wilson, C., and Fante-Coleman, T. (2017). “It’s a gap in awareness”: Service provision for LGBTQ2S survivors of intimate partner violence. Journal of Gay and Lesbian Social Services, 29(4), 362-377. 

Jeffrey, N. & Barata, P.C. (2017). When social assistance reproduces social inequality: intimate partner violence survivors’ adverse experiences with subsidized housing. Housing Studies, 32(7), 912-930.

Senn, C.Y., Eliasziw, M. Hobden, K.L., Newby-Clark, I.R., Barata, P.C., Radtke, H. L., Thurston, W. (2017). Secondary and 2-year outcomes of a sexual assault resistance program for university women. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 41(2), 147-162. 

Jeffrey, N. & Barata, P.C. (2017). “He didn’t necessarily force himself upon me, but…”: Women’s lived experiences of sexual coercion in intimate relationships with men. Violence Against Women, 23(8), 911-933. 

Crann, S., Barata, P., Mitchell, R., Mawhinney, L., Thistle, P, Chirenje, Z. M., & Stewart, D. E. (2016).  Healthcare providers’ perspectives on the acceptability and uptake of HPV vaccines in Zimbabwe.  Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 37(4), 147-155. 

Barata, P.C., Holtzman, S., *Cunningham, S., O’Connor, B., Stewart, D. E. (2016). Building a definition of irritability from academic definitions and lay descriptions.  Emotion Review, 8(2), 164-172. 

Senn, C.Y., Eliasziw, M., Barata, P.C., Thurston, W.E., Newby-Clark, I.R., Radtke, H.L., Hobden, K.L. (2015). Efficacy of a sexual assault resistance program for university women. New England Journal of Medicine, 372 (24), 2326-2335.

Senn, C.Y., Eliasziw, M., Barata, P.C., Thurston, W.E., Newby-Clark, I.R., Radtke, H.L., Hobden, K.L., SARE Study Team (2014). Sexual violence in the lives of first-year university women in Canada: no improvements in the 21st century.

Baxter, C. E. & Barata P.C. (2011). The paradox of HPV vaccines. How to reach sexually inexperienced women for protection against a Sexually transmitted infection. Women's Health Issues, 21(3), 239-245.

Barata, P.C., & Stewart, D.E. (2010).  Searching for Housing as a Battered Woman: Does Discrimination Affect Reported Availability of a Rental Unit? Psychology of Women Quarterly, 34, 43-55.

Barata, P.C. (2009). The Dawning of a New Age in Cervical Cancer Prevention:  The Psychosocial Issues Involved in Implementing HPV Technologies.  In J. Gallivan & S. Cooper (Eds.) Pathways, Bridges and Havens: The Psychosocial Determinants of Women's Health (pp. 9-37). Sydney, N. S: Cape Breton University Press.

Barata, P.C., Stewart, D.E., Howlett, R., Gagliardi, A., & Mai, V.  (2008).  Discussions about self-obtained samples for HPV testing as an alternative for cervical cancer prevention. Journal of Psychosomatic Obstetrics and Gynecology, 29(4), 251-257.

Barata, P.C. (2007). Abused women's perspectives on the criminal justice system's response to domestic violence. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 31(2), 202-215.

Barata, P.C., Gucciardi, E., Ahmad, F. & Stewart, D. E. (2006). Cross-cultural perspectives on research protocol and signed consent. Social Science and Medicine, 62(2), 479-490.

Barata, P.C., McNally, M.J., Sales, I., & Stewart, D. E. (2005). Portuguese-immigrant women's perspectives on wife abuse: A cross-generational comparison. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 20(9), 1132-1150.

Barata, P.C. & Senn C. (2003). When two fields collide: An examination of the assumptions of social science research and law within the domain of domestic violence. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse: A Review Journal, 4, 3-21.