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Elise Lopez MPH

Elise  Lopez MPH

Assistant Director, Relationship Violence Program and Assistant Professor of Practice

Health Promotion Sciences Department

1145 N. Campbell Ave.
Drachman Hall A202
PO Box: 245209
Tucson AZ 85724
(520) 621-4916


Elise Lopez, DrPH, MPH, is the Assistant Director of the Relationship Violence Program in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She has worked in health promotion since 2004 in community and research settings. Elise has worked primarily on programs that focus on the design, implementation, and evaluation of interventions related to sexual violence, sexual health, adolescent substance abuse, and trauma-informed care. Current projects include developing and implementing interventions for students found responsible of sexual misconduct, and evaluation of a bar staff bystander intervention training program. She was the recipient of the inaugural Youth, Family and Community Evidence-Based Practice Award from the Center for Substance Abuse Treatment of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services in 2007. In 2016, she received the Abstract of the Year Award from the Law Section of the American Public Health Association for a co-authored paper on restorative justice innovations for sexual misconduct on college campuses. In 2015, she served as an invited U.S. Delegate to the Ontario Government Women’s Directorate’s Summit on Sexual Violence and Harassment, and in 2017 served as a Liaison to the American Bar Association’s Criminal Justice Section Task Force on College Student Due Process Rights and Victim Protections. She serves as the site preceptor for graduate and undergraduate interns, providing training in sexual violence research methods. She is the chair of the response workgroup of a national collaborative group that develops innovation in college prevention and response to sexual violence. Her work has been published in outlets such as the American Psychologist, City University of New York Law Review, and Alcoholism- Clinical and Experimental Research.

Educational Background

BS Public Administration
Criminal Justice Administration and Public Policy and Management
University of Arizona, Eller College of Management

Master of Public Health
Maternal and Child Health
University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Doctor of Public Health
Maternal and Child Health; Epidemiology (minor)
University of Arizona, Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health

Selected Publications

Lopez, E.C., & Koss, M.P. (2017). The RESTORE program of restorative justice for sex crimes: A case study in restorative justice with therapeutic components. In E. Zinsstag & M. Keenan (eds.), Sexual Violence and Restorative Justice: Legal, Social and Therapeutic Dimensions. New York, NY: Taylor & Francis.

Koss, M. P., White, J. W., & Lopez, E. C. (2017). Victim voice in re-envisioning responses to sexual and physical violence nationally and internationally. American Psychologist, 72(9), 1019.

Lopez, E.C., & Koss, M.P. (2017). Why No Men Are Saying #ISpokeUp. Fortune Magazine Online. Published online 10/20/17.

Lamade, R.V., Lopez, E.C., Koss, M.P., Prentky, R.A., & Brereton, A. (2017). Developing and implementing a treatment intervention for college students found responsible for sexual misconduct. Journal of Aggression, Conflict, and Peace Research.

Lopez, E.C., Koss, M. P., & Hensell, C. (2015). Safe Bars: preliminary data from a bystander-based training program for liquor serving staff to identify and respond to signs of sexual predation. Alcoholism-Clinical and Experimental Research (vol. 39, pp. 279a-279a).

Koss, M.P., & Lopez, E.C. (2015). Restorative justice innovations in response to campus sexual misconduct. Sexual Assault Report. Civic Research Institute. Kingston, N.J.

Koss, M.P., & Lopez, E.C. (2014). VAWA after the party: Implementing proposed guidelines on campus sexual assault resolution. City University of New York Law Review. Published online 12/ 2014.

Research Synopsis

Sexual assault prevention, campus sexual misconduct response, restorative justice, therapeutic jurisprudence, adolescent sexual health, trauma-informed behavioral health treatment for adolescent girls, intersections of juvenile justice and behavioral health, study design for violence research, and public policy on sexual assault and harassment

Curriculum Vitae: 

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