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Laura Widman

Assoc Professor

Department of Psychology

Poe Hall 714B

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Dr. Widman is a clinical psychologist who works at the intersection of psychology and public health. Her research interests are in the areas of adolescent sexual decision-making and sexual communication, as well as the development and evaluation of technology-based interventions that improve sexual health outcomes among youth. Her recent research focuses on understanding how adolescents communicate about sexual topics with their parents, friends, and romantic partners, and investigating the links between sexual communication and safer sex practices.


Research Publications

Below is a sample of Dr. Widman’s research publications. For a full list, please see CV.

Widman, L., Evans, R., Javidi, H., & Choukas-Bradley, S. (2019). Parent-based interventions to improve adolescent sexual health: A meta-analysis. JAMA Pediatrics. In press.

Widman, L., Kamke, K., Evans, R., Stewart, J. L., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Golin, C. E. (2019). Feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary efficacy of an online sexual health program for adolescents. Journal of Sex Research. In Press.

Kamke, K., Widman, L., & Haskett, M. (2019). Safer Sex Communication and Sexual Health Behaviors Among a Representative Statewide Sample of Homeless Adolescents. Journal of Adolescent Health. In Press.

Widman, L., Golin, C. E., Kamke, K., Burnette, J. L., & Prinstein, M. J. (2018). Sexual assertiveness skills and sexual decision-making in adolescent girls: Randomized controlled trial of an online program. American Journal of Public Health, 108, 96-102.

Widman, L., Nesi, J., Kamke, K., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Stewart, J. L. (2018). Technology-Based Interventions to Reduce HIV/STIs and Unintended Pregnancy Among Youth: A Meta-Analysis. Journal of Adolescent Health, 62, 651-660.

Burnette, J., Russel, V. M., Hoyt, C. L., Ordivas, K., & Widman, L. (2018). An online growth mindset intervention in a sample of rural adolescent girls. British Journal of Educational Psychology, in press.

Widman, L., Golin, C. E., Kamke, K., Massey, J., & Prinstein, M. J. (2017). Feasibility and acceptability of a web-based HIV/STD prevention program for adolescent girls targeting sexual communication skills. Health Education Research, 32, 343-352.

Nesi, J., Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (2017). Technology-based communication and the development of interpersonal competencies within adolescent romantic relationships. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, 471-477.

Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., Noar, S. M., Nesi, J., & Garrett, K. P. (2016). Meta-analysis of parent-adolescent sexual communication and adolescent safer sex behavior. JAMA Pediatrics, 170, 52-61.

Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., Helms, S. W., & Prinstein, M. J. (2016). Adolescent susceptibility to peer influence in sexual situations.  Journal of Adolescent Health, 58, 323-329.

Choukas-Bradley, S., Goldberg, S. K., Widman, L., Reese, B. M., & Halpern, C. T. (2015). Demographic and developmental differences in the content and sequence of adolescents’ ideal romantic relationship behaviors. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 45, 112-126.

Widman, L., Noar, S. M., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Francis, D. (2014). Adolescent sexual health communication and condom use: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology, 33, 1113-1124.

Widman, L., Nesi, J., Choukas-Bradley, S., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Safe Sext: Adolescents’ use of technology to communicate about sexual health with dating partners. Journal of Adolescent Health, 54, 612-614.

Widman, L., Choukas-Bradley, S., Helms, S. W., Golin, C. E., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Sexual communication between early adolescents and their dating partners, parents, and best friends. Journal of Sex Research, 51, 731-741.

Przybyla, S. M., Golin, C. E., Widman, L., Grodensky, C. A., Earp, J. A., & Suchindran, C. (2014). Serostatus disclosure and unprotected sex among HIV-positive MSM, heterosexual men, and heterosexual women.  AIDS Patient Care and STDS, 28, 677-684.

Widman, L., Noar, S. M., Golin, C. E., Fitts Willoughby, J., & Crosby, R. (2014). Incarceration and unstable housing interact to predict sexual risk behaviors among African American STD clinic patients. International Journal of STD and AIDS, 25, 348-354.

Choukas-Bradley, S., Giletta, M., Widman, L., Cohen, G. L., & Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Experimentally-measured susceptibility to peer influence and adolescent sexual behavior trajectories: A preliminary study. Developmental Psychology, 50, 2221-2227.

Helms, S. W., Choukas-Bradley, S., Widman, L., Cohen, G. L., Prinstein, M. J. (2014). Adolescents’ misperceive and are influenced by high status peers’ deviant, health risk, and adaptive behavior. Developmental Psychology, 50, 2697-2714.

Widman, L., Golin, C. E., & Noar, S. M. (2013). When do condom use intentions lead to actions? Examining the role of sexual communication on safer sexual behavior among people living with HIV. Journal of Health Psychology, 18, 507-517.

Widman, L., Golin, C. E., Grodensky, C. A., & Suchindran, C. (2013). Do safer sex self-efficacy, attitudes toward condoms, and HIV transmission risk beliefs differ among men who have sex with men, heterosexual men, and women living with HIV? AIDS and Behavior, 17, 1873-1882.

Przybyla, S. M., Golin, C. E., Widman, L., Grodensky, C. A., Earp, J. A., & Suchindran, C. (2013). Serostatus disclosure to sexual partners among people living with HIV: Examining the roles of partner characteristics and stigma. AIDS Care25, 566-572.

McNulty, J. K., & Widman, L. (2013). The implications of sexual narcissism for sexual and marital satisfaction. Archives of Sexual Behavior42, 1021-1032.

Widman, L., Olson, M. A., & Bolen, R. (2013). Self-reported sexual assault in convicted sex offenders and community men. Journal of Interpersonal Violence28, 1519-1536.

Widman, L., & Olson, M. A. (2013). On the relationship between automatic attitudes and self-reported sexual assault in men. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 42, 813-823.

Widman, L., & McNulty, J. K. (2010). Sexual narcissism and the perpetration of sexual aggression. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 39, 926-939.

Widman, L., Welsh, D. P., McNulty, J. K., & Little, K. C. (2006). Sexual communication and contraceptive use in adolescent dating couples. Journal of Adolescent Health, 39, 893-899.

Welsh, D. P., Haugen, P. T., Widman, L., Darling, N., & Grello, C. M. (2005). Kissing is good: A developmental investigation of sexuality in adolescent romantic couples. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 2, 32-41.


B.A. Psychology Seattle Pacific University 2003

Ph.D. Clinical Psychology University of Tennessee 2010

Clinical Internship Clinical Psychology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2010

Postdoctoral Fellowship Public Health and Psychology University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 2010-2015