Jennifer Livingston, PhD

Associate Professor

portrait of Jennifer Livingston.

ADDRESS:
School of Nursing
University at Buffalo
301 A Wende Hall
Buffalo, NY 14214-8013

PHONE: 716-829-2486

My research is focused on understanding the pathways through which early adverse experiences with victimization can contribute to substance use, sexual risk behavior and poor mental health.

Jennifer Livingston is an associate professor committed to the research of violence and substance use among adolescents and to the promotion of sexual health education among children and adolescents. She is particularly interested in understanding the mechanisms through which peer victimization (i.e. bullying and sexual harassment) come to impact adolescent health outcomes, including substance use, sexual risk behavior, mental health, and vulnerability to other types of victimization (i.e. dating violence, sexual assault).

Another key area of Livingston's interest is the prevention of sexual assault and sexual abuse across the lifespan – children, adolescents, sexual minority youth and emerging adults. She believes that understanding the pathways through which early adverse experiences with victimization contribute to negative outcomes, and the protective mechanisms that can improve these effects and outcomes, can be used to inform intervention and prevention efforts.