Emily Waterman

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Emily Waterman is an applied developmental scientist who aims to improve the lives of adolescents and young adults by preventing sexual and dating violence.


An applied developmental scientist, the aim of Waterman’s research program is to both prevent sexual and dating violence among adolescents and young adults and to improve outcomes for victims of sexual and dating violence. Waterman conducts research on risk and protective factors for sexual and dating violence as well as outcome evaluations of preventative interventions. Waterman’s work has been published in journals such as Journal of Youth and Adolescence, Emerging Adulthood, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence Against Women, Violence & Victims, and Psychology of Men & Masculinities. Waterman has evaluated a variety of preventative interventions for adolescents and young adults in the areas of violence, substance use, bullying, and leisure time. Her current work includes the evaluations of a sexual violence prevention initiative for middle and high school students in the Great Plains, and a program that aims to teach college students how to respond to survivors’ disclosures of sexual or intimate partner violence. Waterman has been supported by the National Institutes of Health and Centers for Disease Control. She has a PhD in Human Development and Family Studies from Penn State University and was a postdoctoral research associate in the Nebraska Center for Research on Children, Youth, Families and Schools at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. She has taught courses at Penn State University and University of New Hampshire. Waterman values researcher-practitioner partnerships and has, alongside undergraduate students, partnered with a number of practitioners and community leaders to improve the lives of youth. She joined the Bennington faculty in Fall 2020.