Michele Parkhill Purdie

Michele Parkhill Purdie, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Office: 209 Pryale Hall
Phone: (248) 370-2307
Fax: (248) 370-4612

Postdoctoral Training- University of Washington (2008); Seattle, Washington
PhD- Wayne State University (2006); Detroit, Michigan
MA- Wayne State University (2004); Detroit, Michigan
BA- Alma College (2001); Alma, Michigan

Undergraduate and Graduate Courses
PSY 2350 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY 2500 Introduction to Research Methods
PSY 3450 Health Psychology
PSY 4350 Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology
PSY 5401 Introduction to Behavioral Health
PSY 5993 Violence Against Women

Research Interests
My primary research interests concern the predictors and consequences of sexual assault perpetration and victimization, with a particular emphasis on childhood trauma, substance use, and emotion regulation. I have established a strong program of research that utilizes on both survey and experimental methodologies in examining predictors of past sexual aggression and the likelihood of engaging in sexual assault perpetration in the future.

Violence and Abuse Resource Consortium
Founded in 2014 by Drs. Michele Parkhill Purdie, Amanda Burgess-Proctor, and Scott M. Pickett, the VARC at Oakland University serves as a clearinghouse for university, local, state, and national anti-violence information. The VARC is a dynamic, collaborative resource connecting students, faculty, practitioners, and community members conducting anti-violence work. Thus, the VARC positions Oakland University as the heart of an important scholarly and community endeavor for compiling and sharing anti-violence information.



­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­Kirwan, M., Parkhill, M.R., Schuetz, B.A., & Cox, A. (in press). A within-subjects analysis of alcohol-involved and nonalcohol involved sexual assaults. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Barbaro, N., Parkhill, M.R., & Nguyen, D. (in press). Anxious and hostile: Consequences of anxious adult attachment in predicting male perpetrated sexual assault. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Pickett, S.M., Parkhill, M.R., Kirwan, M. Aho, K.M., & Nguyen, D. (2017). The impact of individual difference factors on men’s competitive intent against a female confederate following social stress: A proxy for aggression. Journal of Men’s Studies, 25, 25-43.

Burgess-Proctor, A., Pickett, S.M., Parkhill, M.R., Hamill, T.S., Kirwan, M., & Kozak, A.T. (2016). College women’s perceptions of and inclinations to use campus sexual assault resources: Comparing the views of students with and without sexual victimization histories. Criminal Justice Review, Special Issue, 41, 204-218.

Pickett, S.M., Parkhill, M.R., & Kirwan, M. (2016). The influence of sexual aggression perpetration history and emotion regulation on men’s aggressive responding following social stress. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 17, 363-372.

Parkhill, M.R. & Pickett, S.M. (2016). Difficulties in emotion regulation as a mediator of the relationship between childhood sexual abuse victimization and adult sexual aggression perpetration in men. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 25, 674-685.

Parkhill, M.R., Norris, J., Gilmore, A.K., Hessler, D.M., George, W.H., Davis, K.C., & Zawacki, T. (2016). The effects of acute alcohol intoxication on the relationship between sexual victimization history and responses to sexual assault in a hypothetical scenario. Violence and Victims, 31, 938-956.

Barbaro, N., Pickett, S.M., & Parkhill, M.R. (2015). Environmental attitudes mediate the link between need for cognition and pro-environmental goal choice. Personality and Individual Differences, 75, 220-223.

Nguyen, D. & Parkhill, M.R. (2014). Integrating attachment and depression into the Confluence Model of sexual assault perpetration. Violence Against Women, 20, 994-1011.

Parkhill, M.R., Norris, J., & Davis, K.C. (2014). The role of alcohol use during sexual situations in the relationship between sexual revictimization and women’s intentions to engage in unprotected sex. Violence and Victims, 29(3), 492-505.

Pickett, S.M., Lodis, C.S., Parkhill, M.R., & Orcutt, H. (2012). Personality and experiential avoidance: A model of anxiety sensitivity. Personality and Individual Differences, 53, 246-250.                      

Purdie, M.P., Norris, J., Davis, K.C., Zawacki, T., Morrison, D.M., George, W.H., & Kiekel, P.A. (2011). The effects of acute alcohol intoxication, partner risk level, and general intention to have unprotected sex on women’s sexual decision making with a new partner. Experimental and Clinical Psychopharmacology, 19, 378-388.

Purdie, M.P., Abbey, A., & Jacques-Tiura, A.J. (2010). Perpetrators of intimate partner sexual violence: Are there unique predictors associated with making partners to have sex without a condom? Violence Against Women, 16, 1086-1097.

Hove, M.C.B., Parkhill, M.R., Neighbors, C., McConchie, J.M., & Fossos, N. (2010). Alcohol consumption and intimate partner violence perpetration among college students: The role of self-determination. Journal of Studies on Alcohol and Drugs, 71, 78-85.

Abbey, A., Parkhill, M.R., Jacques-Tiura, A.J., & Saenz, C. (2009). Alcohol's role in men's use of coercion to obtain unprotected sex. Substance Use and Misuse, 44, 1329-1348.

Norris, J., Stoner, S.A., Hessler, D.M., Zawacki, T., Davis, K.C., George, W.H., Morrison, D.M., Parkhill, M.R., & Abdallah, D.A. (2009). Influences of sexual sensation seeking, alcohol consumption, and sexual arousal on women’s behavioral intentions related to having unprotected sex. Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 23, 14-22.

Parkhill, M.R., Abbey, A., & Jacques-Tiura, A.J. (2009). How do sexual assault characteristics vary as a function of perpetrators’ level of intoxication? Addictive Behaviors, 34, 331-333. NIHMS91616.

Lindgren, K.P., Parkhill, M.R., George, W.H., & Hendershot, C.S. (2008). Gender differences in perceptions of sexual intent: A qualitative review and integration.  Psychology of Women Quarterly, 32, 423-439.

Parkhill, M.R. & Abbey, A. (2008). Does alcohol contribute to the confluence model of sexual assault perpetration? Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 27, 529-554.

Abbey, A., Parkhill, M.R, Clinton-Sherrod, A.M., & Zawacki, T. (2007). A comparison of men who committed different types of sexual assault in a community sample. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 22, 1567-1580.

Jacques-Tiura, A.J., Abbey, A., Parkhill, M.R., & Zawacki, T. (2007). Why do some men misperceive women's sexual intentions more frequently than others do? An application of the Confluence Model. Personality and Social Psychology Bulletin, 33, 1467-1480.

Abbey, A., Parkhill, M.R., Buck, P.O. & Saenz, C. (2007). Condom use with a casual partner: What distinguishes college students’ use when intoxicated? Psychology of Addictive Behaviors, 21, 76-83.

Abbey, A., Parkhill, M.R., BeShears, R., Clinton-Sherrod, A.M., & Zawacki, T. (2006). Cross-sectional predictors of sexual assault perpetration in a community sample of single African American and Caucasian men. Aggressive Behavior, 32, 54-67.   

Abbey, A., Saenz, C., Buck, P.O, Parkhill, M.R., & Hayman, L.W., Jr. (2006). The effects of acute alcohol consumption, cognitive reserve, partner risk, and gender on sexual decision making. Journal of Studies on Alcohol, 67(1), 113-121.

Abbey, A., Parkhill, M.R., & Koss, M.P. (2005). The effects of frame of reference on responses to questions about sexual assault victimization and perpetration. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 29, 364-373.


Recent Professional Presentations
Lanni, D.J., Parkhill, M.R., Schuetz, B.A.  (2017, September). The interaction of sexual precedence and consent ambiguity predict acceptability of a sexual assault. Poster to be presented at the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Chicago, IL

Ray, T.N., Parkhill, M.R., Duong, T., Pickett, S.M., & Burgess-Proctor, A.K. (2017, May). Violence and aggression toward sexual minorities: Who are the perpetrators? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, Massachusetts.

Lanni, D.J., Ray, T.N., Parkhill, M.R., Pickett, S.M., Burgess-Proctor, A.K. (2017, May). It’s not rape if it’s my partner: Differences in measurement of intimate partner sexual assault. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Psychological Science, Boston, Massachusetts.

Duong, T., Ray, T.N., Parkhill, M.R., Lanni, D.J., Pickett, S.M., & Burgess-Proctor, A.K. (2017, April). Dating violence and sexual assault experiences among LGBTQ undergraduates and their heterosexual counterparts. Poster presented at the National LGBTQ Health Conference, Chicago, Illinois.

Duong, T., Ray, T.N., Parkhill, M.R., Lanni, D.J., Pickett, S.M., & Burgess-Proctor, A.K. (2017, February). Dating violence knowledge and behaviors among LGBTQIA undergraduates and their heterosexual counterparts. Poster presented at the first annual Medical Equity's Urban Health Disparities Research Conference, Detroit, Michigan.

Kirwan, M.E., Cox, A.D., Parkhill, M.R., & Pickett, S.M. (2016, November). Extending the confluence model to include impulse control difficulties and domestic violence. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the International Society of Trauma and Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas.

Ray, T.N., Lanni, D.J., Nagy, S., Parkhill, M.R., Duong, T., Pickett, S.M., & Burgess-Proctor, A.K. (2016, November). Sexual Assault Victimization Rates on Campus: Do Campus Characteristics Matter? Poster presented at the Annual Meeting of the International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies, Dallas, Texas.

Kirwan, M., & Parkhill, M. R. (2016, October). Comparing sexual aggression rates: Do context and population matter? Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive Therapies, New York, New York.