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In-Depth Interviews

This research was led by two Student Research Interns at UCSD, Brittnie Bloom (a PhD student in public health) and Christine Wenzel (an Eleanor Roosevelt College undergraduate scholar studying global health) and their advisor, Jennifer Wagman, MHS, PhD. With help from undergraduates Atreyi Mitra (UCLA) and Vidhisha Mahesh (UCSB), we worked to better understand how pre-college sex education might impact health outcomes while in college. Our work was supported by the UC Global Health Institute’s Women’s Health, Gender and Empowerment Center of Expertise and the Western Region Public Health Training Center Internship Fund.

We are a small group with a lot of passion! Our team cares deeply about exploring protective factors against sexual assault, which includes sex education.

We conducted 59 in-depth interviews. For more information, please feel free to reach out to us at

Focus Group Discussions

We conducted Focus Group Discussions (FGDs) to assess the knowledge, attitudes, and factors surrounding promotion of sexual health and the prevention of sexual assault, sexual harassment and dating violence on three University of California campuses: UC Los Angeles; UC San Diego; and UC Santa Barbara. Each FGD was completed in a central location on campus and lasted 1-2 hours. All FGD participants were compensated $25 and snacks were provided for their time.

  • Jennifer Wagman, PhD, MHS Principal Investigator
    Assistant Professor, Fielding School of Public Health in the Department of Community Health Sciences, UC Los Angeles
  • Laury Oaks, PhD, MA UCSB Principal Investigator
    Chair of and Professor in the Department of Feminist Studies, UC Santa Barbara
  • Dallas Swendeman, PhD, MPH UCLA Principal Investigator
    Associate Professor In-Residence, Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences, David Geffen School of Medicine, UC Los Angeles
  • Claire Amabile, BA UCSB and UCSD Research Lead
    Research Project Coordinator at Center on Gender Equity and Health and at the Fielding School of Public Health
  • Stephanie Sumstine, MPH UCLA Research Lead
    Center Coordinator at UC Global Health Institute Women’s Health, Gender, and Empowerment

Online Survey

We assessed cultures of consents at the UC using on Online Survey. We recruited students at UCLA, UCSB and UCSD, to learn about their opinions regarding relationships, sex, and consent. They responded to a 15 minute, confidential survey, and told us what they thought. All participants received a $5 Amazon gift card.

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