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Jenae Bluhm

PhD Student

Biography

Jenae is from Olathe, KS (Greater Kansas City area). She received her B.S. in Family Life from Brigham Young University in 2019 and her M.S. from UTK in 2021. Jenae’s major advisor is Dr. Spencer Olmstead and her research focuses on sexual assault and sexual consent. In particular, Jenae studies first-year college sexual assault (i.e., the “red-zone”) experiences, rape myth endorsement, and justifications for sexual violence within White Christian communities.


Research

Selected Experience

2021–present Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Spencer Olmstead

  • Department of Child and Family Studies, The University of Tennessee

2020–present Co-chair of Rape Myth Endorsement Undergraduate Research Team (Social Perception and Cognition Lab)

  • Department of Psychology, The University of Tennessee 

2019–2021 Graduate Research Assistant, Professor Heidi Stolz

  • Department of Child and Family Studies, The University of Tennessee

2019–2020 Graduate Research Assistant, Dr. Spencer Olmstead

  • Department of Child and Family Studies, The University of Tennessee

Education

M.S. 2021 - Child and Family Studies - University of Tennessee, Knoxville
B.S. 2019 - Family Life - Brigham Young University

Curriculum Vitae


Professional Service

Departmental Service

2021–present  First Year Peer Mentor, Child and Family Studies Graduate School Organization

2020–2021 Secretary, Child and Family Studies Graduate School Organization             

2019–present Member, Child and Family Studies Graduate School Organization

Professional Service

The National Conference on Family Relations:

  • 2020–present  Abstract reviewer, NCFR annual conferences

Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood:

  • 2020–present   Member, SSEA social media subcommittee

Membership in Professional Societies

2021–present  International Association for Relationship Research (IARR)

2020–present  Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality (SSSS)

2019–present  National Council on Family Relations (NCFR)

2019–present  Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood (SSEA)


Awards and Recognitions

2021–2022: Graduate Scholarship Fellowship, The University of Tennessee

  • $2,000 awarded to Child and Family Studies students beginning doctoral work 

2021–2022: Eloise and George Eckler Fellowship, University of Tennessee

  • $2,500 awarded for recognition of graduate research

2021: Honors Graduate, National Council on Family Relations

2019–2023: Tennessee Fellowship for Graduate Excellence, The University of Tennessee

  • $8,000 awarded to top newly admitted doctoral students for 4 consecutive years of Graduate school

2019–2020: Seaton Graduate Fellowship, The University of Tennessee

  • $5,000 awarded to promising incoming graduate students

Publications

Articles in Peer-Reviewed Journals

Busby, D., Bluhm, J., & Leonhardt, N. (2020). Body-Esteem, religiosity, and sexual experience: associations with well-being and relationship satisfaction. The American Journal of Family Therapy, 48(5), 462–467. https://doi.org/10.1080/01926187.2020.1745719

McMahan, K. D., Olmstead, S. B. Conrad, K. A. & Bluhm, J. (Under review). Effectiveness of a brief sexual health seminar at improving contraception and sexually transmitted infection knowledge among first-semester college students. Sexuality Research and Social Policy.

Manuscripts in Preparation

Stolz, H. E., Kilpatrick, T., Bluhm, J., & Clothier, S. T. Predictors of maternal gatekeeping: A multiple-informant investigation. (Drafting manuscript)

Bluhm, J., Olmstead, S. B. & Stewart, M. Sexual consent and assault research: A critical response. (Editing manuscript)

Bluhm, J., Olmstead, S. B. & Stewart, M. Is the “red-zone” White?: Associations between racialized identity, sex assigned at birth, and college sexual assault experiences. (Editing manuscript)

Lamer, S. & Bluhm, J. Rape culture transmission and the media. (Collecting and analyzing data)

Bluhm, J., Olmstead, S. B. & Leavitt, C. And they were not ashamed: Can women enjoy religion and sex? (Drafting manuscript)


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