Dominic M. Denning

Dominic M. Denning
University of California, San Diego | UCSD · Department of Psychiatry

Bachelor of Arts
Incoming clinical psychology graduate student at University of Massachusetts Amherst.

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Introduction
Dominic Denning earned his B.A. in Psychology-Research and Anthropology at University of Nevada-Reno in 2018. He is an incoming graduate student in the Clinical Psychology program at UMass Amherst. His research interest broadly include factors underlying the development of borderline personality disorder and self-damaging behaviors in underrepresented populations (e.g., men and SGM folks); and extend on existing theory and evidence-based treatments to be more inclusive of these populations.
Additional affiliations
September 2022 - present
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Position
  • Graduate Assistant
September 2017 - May 2021
University of Nevada, Reno
Position
  • Research Assistant
Description
  • DICE Center
Education
September 2022 - August 2024
University of Massachusetts Amherst
Field of study
  • Clinical Psychology
July 2016 - December 2018
University of Nevada, Reno
Field of study
  • Psychology-Research and Anthropology
August 2014 - May 2016
San Francisco State University
Field of study
  • Pre-Biology

Publications

Publications (10)
Article
Focus groups were conducted to examine college women’s perceptions of the risks of dating app dating, how risks are mitigated, and if risk identification and mitigation strategies differ by sexual victimization status. Over 60% of the sample reported a history of sexual victimization. The risk associated with dating app use fell into three themes:...
Poster
There is a paucity of research investigating the intersects of minority identity and Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD). The minority stress mediational framework posits that exposure to stressors associated with minority identity influences general psychiatric processes that potentiate the development of disordered cognitive and behavioral patt...
Poster
Borderline Personality Disorder (BPD) is a psychiatric condition characterized by severe dysfunction across four psychiatric phenotypes: affect regulation, interpersonal difficulties, cognitive symptoms (e.g. perceptual disturbances) and behavioral difficulties (e.g. self-harm & impulsivity). Lifetime prevalence of BPD is low (approximately 5.9% in...
Chapter
This chapter is intended to provide an overview of sexual dysfunction, treatment of sexual dysfunction, and the importance of attending to culture variables when treating sexual dysfunction. Culture and sexuality are heavily intertwined, and cultural background has been shown to impact treatment seeking and treatment completion; thus it is crucial...
Poster
Dating application (app) users have been shown to endorse a variety of traits, attitudes, and experiences that may place them at a greater risk of sexual victimization. Given these findings the purpose of the current study was examine women’s experiences with dating apps. Specifically, to investigate the prevalence of sexual victimization since the...
Poster
Borderline personality disorder (BPD) is characterized as a severe psychiatric condition marked by turbulent interpersonal relationships, deficits in self-image and fluctuating affect. Though research in the disorder has gained interest over the past two decades, there is a dearth of information pertaining to BPD in the LGBT community. Prior studie...
Poster
Dating apps have recently become increasingly popular with young adults (Anzani et al., 2018), especially college students (Smith & Aaron, 2016). These new mediums for meeting potential partners, though exciting also pose adverse health threats for users. Extant literature has found dating app users hold high-risk attitudes compared to non-users an...
Poster
Sex education in the United States has long been criticized by scientists as being ineffective. Details surrounding sexual assault, rape, intimate partner violence, pornography and healthy dating are often not conveyed in these courses. Experts have shown that providing general information pertaining to sexual assault and rape is ineffective at alt...
Presentation
Rape and sexual assault are prevalent issues in university settings across the United States. Unfortunately, legal definitions of rape and sexual assault are highly variable based on jurisdiction and differ from university definitions put forth through Title IX. This obfuscates the definition for both victims and researchers due to difficulty in op...
Poster
Intimate partner violence (IPV) is a common occurrence in the U.S. Victims of IPV are at an elevated risk of experiencing a variety of physical and mental health consequences, which frequently co-occur and act synergistically, placing victims at a higher risk for revictimization. Experts recommend that interventions for victims of IPV focus on help...

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Projects (3)
Project
While eating disorders in males are often overlooked, up to 7 million men in the United States will experience an Eating Disorder in their lifetime. Critically, men are less likely to seek treatment for an Eating Disorder compared to females. Therefore, prevention programs that target male-specific Eating Disorder risk factors prior to the development of an eating or appearance-related disorder are crucial in reducing eating disorders in this population. Preliminary work by our group established the initial efficacy of a novel program, the Body Project: More than Muscles (MTM) compared to assessment-only control. This study will replicate and extend this research by comparing MTM to a time and attention-matched control used in previous eating disorder prevention work, media advocacy (MA). ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier: NCT05258409
Archived project
The purpose of this investigation is to assess protective behavior strategies (PBS) and risk identification in technology facilitated dating. Another focus of this project is directed towards understanding issues associated with the operationalization of rape and sexual assault and the issues this presents in research and law. Specifically, conflicts between jurisdictional conceptualization of these concepts and federal legislation (Title IX).
Archived project
This study will help identify community-based prevalence rates of borderline personality disorder (BPD) in sexual minority groups (e.g. lesbian, gay, bisexual, etc.). Specifically, this study's aim is to understand how minority stress facilitates the development of traits associated with BPD. Between two-hundred and fifty and four-hundred participants will be recruited from the University of Nevada-Reno, community resources and online platforms such as Prolific and MTurk. Participants will complete surveys relevant to: trauma, emotion and a personality pathology. These results will elucidate true prevalence rates of BPD among LGBT members in the community. Additionally, results will provide preliminary etiological correlates and guide future research regarding PDs in sexual minorities.