Eva S. Lefkowitz

Professor & Department Head

Dr. Lefkowitz is accepting graduate students for Fall 2022.

To learn more about Dr. Lefkowitz’s research, please visit her website.

Curriculum Vitae

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Educational Background:

Ph.D., Developmental Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

M.A., Psychology, University of California, Los Angeles

B.A., Psychology, Brandeis University

Current projects: 

  • CREW 2: LGBTQ+ College-Related Experiences and Well-being (CREW 2) Study
  • LGBTQ+ CREW Study: LGBTQ+ COVID-related RElationships and Wellbeing
  • DASH: Developmental Aspects of Sexual Health
  • ULS: University Life Study

Professional Interests:

  • Sexual health across adolescence and the transition to adulthood
  • LGBTQ+ college students’ well being
  • Romantic relationship development
  • Communication about sexuality and other health topics
  • Sexual violence prevention
  • The role of gender in sexuality development, romantic relationships, and risky behaviors
  • Religiosity and wellbeing

Selected Publications (total = 90):

* indicates student co-author

  • Vasilenko, S. A., Lefkowitz, E. S., & Maggs, J. L. (in press). Changes in psychological distress after first intercourse in late adolescence. Journal of Adolescence.
  • *Waterman, E. A., *Wesche, R., *Leavitt, C. E., & Lefkowitz, E S. (2020). Fraternity membership, traditional masculinity ideologies, and impersonal sex: Selection and socialization effects. Psychology of Men and Masculinities, 21, 58-68.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., *Vasilenko, S. A., *Wesche, R., & Maggs, J. L. (2019). Changes in diverse sexual and contraceptive behaviors across college. Journal of Sex Research, 56, 965-976.
  • Leavitt, C. E., *Waterman, E. A., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2019). The role of sexual mindfulness in sexual wellbeing, relational wellbeing, and self-esteem. Journal of Sex & Marital Therapy, 45, 497-509.
  • *Wesche, R., Kreager, D. A., Feinberg, M. E., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2019). Peer acceptance and sexual behaviors from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Youth and Adolescence, 48, 996-1008.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., *Wesche, R., *Picci, G., & *Hochgraf, A. K. (2018). Daily associations between kissing and affect during the transition from adolescence to young adulthood. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 28, 779-785.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., *Wesche, R., & *Leavitt, C. E. (2018). Never been kissed: Correlates of lifetime kissing status in U. S. university students. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 47, 1283-1293.
  • *Vasilenko, S. A., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2018). Sexual behavior and daily affect in emerging adulthood. Emerging Adulthood, 6, 191-199.
  • *Waterman, E., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2017). Are mothers’ and fathers’ parenting characteristics associated with emerging adults’ academic engagement? Journal of Family Issues, 38, 1239-1261.
  • *Waterman, E. A., *Wesche, R., *Leavitt, C. E., Jones, D. E., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2017). Long-distance dating relationships, relationship dissolution, and college adjustment. Emerging Adulthood, 5, 268-279.
  • *Wesche, R., Kreager, D. A., Lefkowitz, E. S., & Siennick, S. E., (2017). Early sexual initiation and mental health: A fleeting association or enduring change? Journal of Research on Adolescence, 27, 611-627.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., *Vasilenko, S. A., & *Leavitt, C. E. (2016). Oral vs. vaginal sex experiences and consequences among first year college students. Archives of Sexual Behavior, 45, 329-337.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., *Waterman, E. A., *Morgan, N., & Maggs, J. L. (2016). College students’ perceptions of the links between alcohol use and sex. Emerging Adulthood, 4, 272-283.
  • *Vasilenko, S. A., Kreager, D. A., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2015). Gender, contraceptive attitudes, and condom use in adolescent romantic relationships: A dyadic approach. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 25, 51-65.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., *Kelly, K. M., *Vasilenko, S. A., & Maggs, J. L. (2014). Correlates of human papillomavirus vaccination among female university students. Women and Health, 54, 487-501.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., *Shearer, C. L., *Gillen, M. M., & *Espinosa-Hernandez, G. (2014). How gendered attitudes relate to women’s and men’s sexual behaviors and beliefs. Sexuality & Culture, 18, 833-846.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., & *Vasilenko, S. A. (2014). Healthy sex and sexual health: New directions for studying outcomes of sexual health. In E. S. Lefkowitz & S. A. Vasilenko (Eds), New Directions for Child and Adolescent Development: Positive and negative outcomes of sexual behavior, 144 (pp. 87-98). San Francisco: Jossey-Bass.
  • *Vasilenko, S. A. *Duntzee, C., *Zheng, Y., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2013). Testing two process models of religiosity and sexual behavior. Journal of Adolescence, 36, 667-673.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., *Gillen, M. M., & *Vasilenko, S. A. (2011). Putting the romance back into sex: Sexuality in romantic relationships. In F. D. Fincham & M. Cui (Eds.), Romantic relationships in emerging adulthood (pp. 213-233). New York: Cambridge University Press.
  • *Stoppa, T. M., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2010). Religiosity during the transition to college. Journal of Research on Adolescence, 20, 23-38.
  • *Espinosa-Hernandez, G., & Lefkowitz, E. S. (2009). Sexual behaviors and attitudes and ethnic identity during college. Journal of Sex Research, 46, 471-482.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., & *Espinosa-Hernandez, G. (2007). Sex-related communication with mothers and close friends during the transition to university. Journal of Sex Research, 44, 17-27.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S. (2005). “Things have gotten better”: Developmental changes among emerging adults after the transition to university. Journal of Adolescent Research, 20, 40-63.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., Romo. L. F., Corona, R., Au, T. K., & Sigman, M. (2000). How Latino American and European American adolescents discuss conflicts, sexuality, and AIDS with their mothers. Developmental Psychology, 36, 315-325.
  • Lefkowitz, E. S., Sigman, M. D. & Au, T. K. (2000). Helping mothers discuss sexuality and AIDS with adolescents. Child Development, 71, 1383-1394.
Eva S. Lefkowitz
Contact Information
Phone860 486 5420
Mailing Address348 Mansfield Rd U1058 Storrs, CT 06269