Chistine N. Massey
Christina is a doctoral student in the Clinical Forensic Psychology program at John Jay College of Criminal Justice/City University of New York Graduate Center. She received a BA in Psychology and English from Columbia University in 2006 and a MA in Forensic Psychology from John Jay College of Criminal Justice in 2009. Before entering the doctoral program, Christina began working as a member of a research team at John Jay College investigating the causes and contexts of sexual abuse in the Catholic Church. Her main role was to analyze a variety of psychological testing data to identify potential differences in cognitive, personality, and emotional functioning
between sex-offending clergy and non-offending clergy. Currently, Christina has continued her interest in sex offender research and has expanded her work to include both characteristics of the offenders as well as the long-term impact on the victims. Using data from an on-going longitudinal study lead by Dr. Cathy Spatz Widom, she is writing her dissertation on the potential effect of memory on the long-term consequences of childhood maltreatment, hoping to identify potential resiliency factors that help to protect maltreated individuals from developing chronic mental health problems in adulthood. Christina also has an interest in statistical analysis and is
currently an adjunct professor of statistics in the Mathematics and Computer Science department at John Jay College. She is looking forward to learning more about multi-level modeling during Summer Session Week 3 and is confident that this analytic technique will help her in her dissertation analyses as well as her future work with prevention and treatment of sex offenses.
Pepper, K., & Massey, C. (in press). Sexual preference or opportunity: An examination of situational factors by gender of victims of clergy abuse.Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment.
Terry, K., Smith, M. L., Schuth, K., Kelly, J. R., Vollman, B., & Massey, C. (2011). The causes and context of sexual abuse of minors by Catholic priests in the United States, 1950-2010. Washington, D.C.: United States Conference of Catholic Bishops. (READ)