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Kilimnik, Chelsea Dawn

Assistant Professor


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research overview

  • Dr. Kilimnik’s research focuses on fostering sexual and psychological wellbeing for individuals who have experienced (or are at risk for experiencing) sexualized and gender-based violence. She is the director of the Growth, Identity, and Sexual Trauma (GIST) Lab where they study sexualized and gender based violence experiences and the intersections of identities and social processes in risk (e.g., alcohol and substance use) and protective (e.g., belonging) factors, and growth and healing. The GIST lab works closely with community organizations, campus leaders, and students in developing and examining programs for prevention and intervention that are accessible and inclusive with an overarching goal of reducing disparities in violence.


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courses taught

  • PSYC 4011 - Senior Thesis
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Critically reviews some aspect of psychological literature, scholarly analysis of a major psychological issue, and/or empirical research project. See the psychology honors director for further information.
  • PSYC 4553 - Women's Mental Health: A Biopsychosocial Approach
    Primary Instructor - Spring 2024
    Provides a broad overview of current research and theory related to women's mental health, emphasizing topics and problems that are prevalent among or particularly relevant to women. Teaches students to develop a critical and integrative understanding women's mental health, including historical, social, cultural, biolotgical, behavioral, cognitive and emotional factors.
  • PSYC 7673 - Adult Psychotherapy
    Primary Instructor - Fall 2023
    Provides an intensive introduction to the science and practice of psychological treatments for adult psychopathology. Will focus on selected treatments and address the relevant theoretical and empirical base for each approach and the specific principles and procedures utilized. Aim of course is for students to acquire both a scientific and applied knowledge of evidence-based practice in clinical psychology, with a focus on intervention for adult mental disorders. Instructor consent required.


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