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 235 Introduction to Social Psychology
PSY 250 Introduction to Research Methods
PSY 338 Health Psychology
PSY 435 Advanced Seminar in Social Psychology
PSY 651 Introduction to Behavioral Health

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.


Parkhill, M.R. & Pickett, S.M. (in press). 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.

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.

Burgess-Proctor, A., Pickett, S.M., Parkhill, M.R., Hamill, T.S., Kirwan, M., & Kozak, A.T. (in press). 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.

Pickett, S.M., Parkhill, M.R., Kirwan, M. Aho, K.M., & Nguyen, D. (in press). 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.

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

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.

Parkhill, M.R., Norris, J., Gilmore, A.K., Hessler, D.M., George, W.H., Davis, K.C., & Zawacki, T. (in press). 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.

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.

Weisfeld, G.E., Nowak, N.T., Lucas, T.W., Weisfeld, C.C., Imamoglu, E.O., Butovskaya, M., Shen, J., & Parkhill, M.R. (2011). Do women seek humorousness in men because it signals intelligence? A cross-cultural test. Humor, 24, 435-462.

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, 10, 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., Jacques-Tiura, A.J., & Parkhill, M.R. (2010). Sexual assault among diverse populations of women. In H. Landrine & N. Russo (Eds.), Handbook of Diversity in Feminist Psychology (pp. 391-425). New York: Springer Publishing Co.

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. Reprinted in: Moore, N.B., Davidson, J.K., & Fisher, T.D. (Eds.) (2010). Speaking of sexuality: Interdisciplinary readings (3rd Ed., pp. 468-477). New York: Oxford University Press.

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.

Lucas, T. & Parkhill, M.R. (2009). Strategic impression management: Audience sex and response anonymity affect sex differences in perceived prevalence of extra-pair paternity. Journal of Evolutionary Psychology, 7, 49-63.

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). The addition of alcohol to the confluence model of sexual assault perpetration. Journal of Social and Clinical Psychology, 27, 529-554.

Lucas, T., Parkhill, M.R., Wendorf, C.A., Imamo?lu, E.O., Weisfeld, C.C., Weisfeld, G.E., & Shen, J. (2008). Cultural and evolutionary components of marital satisfaction: A multidimensional assessment of measurement invariance. Journal of Cross-Cultural Psychology, 39, 109-123.

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 single men. Aggressive Behavior, 32, 54-67.

Testa, M., Fillmore, M.T., Norris, J., Abbey, A., Curtin, J.J., Leonard, K.E., Mariano, K.A., Thomas, M.C., Nomensen, K.J., George, W.H., VanZile-Tamsen, C., Livingston, J.A., Saenz, C., Buck, P.O., Zawacki, T., Parkhill, M.R., Jacques, A.J., Hayman, L.W., Jr. & Rothwell, P. (2006). Understanding alcohol expectancy effects: Revisiting the placebo condition. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 30(2), 339-348.

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

Zawacki, T., Norris, J., George, W.H., Abbey, A., Martell, J., Stoner, S.A., Davis, K.C., Buck, P.O., Masters, N.T., McAuslan, P., Beshears, R., Parkhill, M.R., & Clinton-Sherrod, A.M. (2005). Explicating alcohol’s role in acquaintance sexual assault: Complementary perspectives and convergent findings. Alcoholism: Clinical and Experimental Research, 29(2), 263-269.

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

Lucas, T.W., Wendorf, C.A., Imamo?lu, E.O., Shen, J., Parkhill, M.R., Weisfeld, C.C., & Weisfeld, G.E. (2004). Marital satisfaction in four cultures as a function of homogamy, male dominance, and female attractiveness. Sexualities, Evolution, and Gender, 6(2-3), 97-130.

Abbey, A., Saenz, C., Parkhill, M.R., & Hayman, L.W., Jr. (2004). Gender. In S. Loue & M. Sajatovic, The encyclopedia of women's health (pp. 274-275). New York: Kluwer Academic/Plenum Publishing Co. 

Recent Professional Presentations

Kirwan, M., Parkhill, M.R, & Pickett, S.M. (2015, November). The effect of impulse control and sexual assault perpetration on aggression towards women following social stress. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive therapies, Chicago, Illinois.

Lanni, D.J., Kirwan, M., Parkhill, M.R., & Pickett, S.M. (2015, November). Alcohol use during sexual situations as a moderator between impulse control difficulties and sexual assault perpetration in male college students. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive therapies, Chicago, Illinois.

Schuetz, B.A., Parkhill, M.R., Pickett, S.M., Hamill, T.S., & Kozak, A.K. (2015, November). The relationship between depression, emotion regulation strategies, and enhancement motivations for drinking and sexual behavior. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Association for Behavioral and Cognitive therapies, Chicago, Illinois.

Parkhill, M.R., Kirwan, M., & Nguyen, D. (2015, June). The effects of acute alcohol intoxication and perception of sex-related risks on responses to a hypothetical sexual assault scenario: A test of the Cognitive Mediation Model in men. Paper to be presented at the annual meeting of the Research Society on Alcoholism, San Antonio, Texas.