June 2, 2022
Scaglione has more than 10 years of experience leading federally-funded (DoD, CDC, NIH) projects aimed at reducing substance abuse and sexual violence in adolescents and young adults. Her research combines health behavior theory and mobile technologies to examine decision-making processes associated with drinking, drug use, and sexual risk, both globally and at the event level (during specific drinking/substance use occasions). She uses findings from her work to develop and test interventions to reduce individual and community risk for sexual violence.
Prior to joining UF, Scaglione was a public health scientist at RTI International where she played a major role in the development and feasibility testing of a tailored, tablet-based sexual assault prevention program in Basic Military Training for the U.S. Air Force. Her current work includes a recently funded grant to expand and adapt this training for the U.S. Air Force Academy.
Other ongoing projects include a community-based evaluation of a bystander and violence prevention training for staff at alcohol-serving establishments (CDC U01), a rigorous evaluation of a sexual violence prevention program for high school boys (CDC R01), and secondary data analysis of event-level alcohol use and contextual risk factors associated with sexual risk in college.
Scaglione is one of 10 assistant professors from across campus to receive the award which comes with a $5,000 stipend to support research-related expenses.
Previous award winners from the college include four assistant professors in applied physiology and kinesiology: Ashley Smuder, Ph.D. (2021), Terence Ryan, Ph.D. (2020), Stephen Coombes, Ph.D. (2014) and Leonardo Ferreria, Ph.D. (2012).