(on leave fall 2015)

Educational Background

  • B.A., University of Maine-Orono
  • M.A., Wesleyan University (CT)
  • Ph.D., Clark University
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research, Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, Boston Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center

Scholarly Interests

I'm a critical clinical psychologist specializing in traumatology, and my research is focused on the causes, characteristics, contexts, and consequences of campus sexual assault.

Theoretically, my work is grounded in:

  • Critical theory and critical psychologies (especially critical community psychology)
  • Feminism
  • Pragmatism

Courses Taught

(*course with service-learning; ** course with community-based learning; W1/2 writing intensive course)

  • Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (W2)**
  • Advanced Abnormal Psychology (Psychological Trauma)*
  • Applied Research Methods in Emotion
  • Conflict and Peace in Northern Ireland (Bucknell in Northern Ireland)**
  • Critical Psychologies*
  • Emotion (W2)*
  • General Psychology (W2)
  • History of Psychology
  • Questioning for the Common Good (W1)* (Foundation Seminar, Social Justice Residential College)


I have worked with undergraduate and graduate students as research trainees and collaborators on the Bucknell Sexual Assault Research Team since 2001. We have conducted annual web-based surveys on campus sexual assault at Bucknell, including factors related to assault such as alcohol consumption, hooking up, and posttraumatic stress responses. We have also conducted some surveys on sexual assault during study abroad.

I am also interested in psychological trauma more broadly, as well as in disabilities studies approaches to a range of issues often viewed as problems within individuals, including psychiatric disorders among adults.

Selected Publications

(since 2004; * published with student co-author(s))

*Kimble, M., Flack, W.F., Jr., & Burbridge, E. (2012). Study abroad increases risk for sexual assault in female undergraduates: A preliminary report. PsychologicalTrauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy. doi: 10.1037/a0029608

*Kimble, M., Neacsiu, D., Flack, W.F., Jr., & Horner, J. (2008). Risk of unwanted sex for college women: Evidence for a "red zone." Journal of American College Health, 57, 331-337. doi: 10.3200/JACH.57.3.331-338

*Flack, W.F., Jr., Caron, M.L., Leinen, S.J., Breitenbach, K.G., Barber, A.M., Brown, E.N., Gilbert, C.T., Harchak, T.F.,Hendricks, M.M., Rector, C.E., Schatten, H.T., & Stein, H.C. (2008). The red zone: Temporal risk for unwanted sex among college students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23, 1177-1196. doi: 10.1177/0886260508314308

*Flack, W.F., Jr., Daubman, K.A., Caron, M.L., Asadorian, J., D'Aureli, N., Kiser, S., Hall, A., Gigliotti, S., & Stine, E.. (2007). Risk factors and consequences of unwanted sex among university students: Hooking up, alcohol, and stress response. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22, 139-157. doi:10.1177/0886260506295354

Flack, W.F., Jr. (2006). Peripheral feedback effects of facial expressions, bodily postures, and vocal expressions on emotional feelings. Cognition and Emotion, 20, 177-195. doi: 10.1080/02699930500359617

*Flack, W.F., Jr., Milanak, M.E., & Kimble, M.O. (2005). Emotional numbing in relation to stressful civilian experiences among college students. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 18, 569-573. doi: 10.1002/jts.20066

*Deichert, N.T., Flack, W.F., Jr., & Craig, F.W., Jr. (2005). Patterns of cardiovascular responses during angry, sad, and happy emotional recall tasks. Cognition and Emotion, 19, 941-951. doi: 10.1080/02699930541000075


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