Fall 2015: Fulbright Scholar, Ulster University, Northern Ireland

(on leave fall 2015)

Educational Background

  • B.A., psychology, University of Maine, Orono ME, 1982
  • M.A., psychology,  Wesleyan University, Middletown CT, 1987
  • Ph.D., psychology (Clinical Training Program), Clark University, Worcester MA, 1993
  • Postdoctoral Fellowship in Clinical Research, Behavioral Science Division, National Center for PTSD, Boston Department of Veterans Affairs Medical Center, 1997

Scholarly Interests

I'm a critical clinical psychologist. My teaching and research are focused on helping students to understand the shortcomings of current psychological knowledge in order to improve it toward more socially just ends. 

Theoretically, my work is grounded in:

  • Critical psychologies (e.g., Martín-Baró, 1994; Smail, 1996)
  • Feminism (e.g., Herman, 1992; Magnusson & Marecek, 2012)
  • Pragmatism (e.g., Dewey, 1916; Rorty, 1989)

Courses Taught

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

  • PSYC 213 Abnormal and Clinical Psychology (W2)**
  • PSYC 295 Applied Research Methods in Emotion
  • PSYC 303 Critical Psychologies*
  • PSYC 212 Emotion (W2)*
  • PSYC 100 General Psychology (W2)
  • PSYC 301 History of Psychology
  • GEOG/PSYC/UNIV 238 Paths to Peace (Bucknell in Northern Ireland; Study-Abroad, Integrated-Perspectives course taught with Professor Adrian Mulligan, Department of Geography)**
  • RESC 098 Questioning for the Common Good (W1)* (Foundation Seminar, Social Justice Residential College)
  • PSYC 306 Trauma Psychology*

Research

I used to do basic laboratory research on emotional expression and experience, some of which I applied to psychiatric disorders. More recently, I have done applied research on violence against women, focusing on sexual assault among university students.

Students work with me as research trainees and collaborators on the Bucknell Sexual Assault Research Team. We conduct annual web-based surveys on sexual assault among Bucknell students, focusing primarily on social factors related to assault victimization and perpetration. Team members get experience doing research on an important public health issue, and some write honors theses based on this work during their senior year. Our results are often presented at annual meetings of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies (ISTSS) and occasionally published in peer-reviewed journals. Some of our findings have also been used in the University's prevention education programming, in a report from the President's Task Force on Campus Climate (2011), and in an application to the Violence Against Women Campus Grant Program, US Department of Justice (2012).

More recently, I have been a member of the Administrator-Researcher Campus Climate Collaborative (ARC3) which is developing a survey on sexual assault and related factors for general use by U.S. colleges and universities (2014-). I will be collaborating with colleagues at Ulster University (Northern Ireland) in research on dating violence as a Fulbright Scholar in the fall of 2015.

Application

One way of doing critical psychology is to engage in activism informed by research toward social justice. Among such activities, I have arranged screenings and panel discussions of films such as Doctors of the Dark Side (Davis, 2011) and The Hunting Ground (Dick, 2014) and co-organized the conference Sexual Assault in Higher Education: The Role of Faculty as Researchers, Teachers, Policymakers and Advocates at Cornell University (2015). I also co-founded and currently serve on the leadership team of Faculty Against Rape (FAR), a new (2014) national organization designed to help support survivors and faculty who experience negative consequences for doing research on campus sexual assault and/or supporting survivors.

Selected Publications

(since 2005; * published with student co-author(s))

*Flack, W.F., Jr., Kimble, M., Campbell, B.E., Hopper, A.B., Peterca, O., & Heller, E.J. (in press). Sexual assault among female undergraduates during study abroad: A single campus study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. doi: 10.1177/0886260514563833

*Kimble, M., Flack, W.F., Jr., & Burbridge, E. (2013). 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., 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

Conference Presentations

Bucknell in Northern Ireland


This film was produced by the Holywell Consultancy a peace-oriented organization.

 

Fulbright Scholar

Bill Flack

Professor Bill Flack will be a Fulbright Scholar in Northern Ireland during the fall 2015 semester. He will be doing research on violence in dating relationships among university students and teaching about psychological trauma.

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