Kaitlin M. Boyle


Kaitlin M. Boyle

Assistant Professor


674 McBryde Hall 
225 Stanger Street
Blacksburg, VA 24061


(540) 231-6074


Department Membership



  • Violence against women
  • Sexual violence
  • Social psychology
  • Mental health
  • Identity and emotion

Professional Activities

  • Brown Bag Committee, Department of Sociology
  • American Sociological Association
  • American Society of Criminology
  • Southern Sociological Society


  • B.A. The College of New Jersey
  • M.A. UNC Charlotte
  • Ph.D. University of Georgia

Research Interests

    Awards and Honors

    American Sociological Association Graduate Student Investigator Award, Social Psychology Section, 2014

    American Society of Criminology, Division of Victimology, Graduate Student Paper Award, 2013

    Summer Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship, The Graduate School, The University of Georgia, 2013

    Selected Publications


    Boyle, Kaitlin M. and Lisa Slattery Walker. 2016. “The Neutralization and Denial of Sexual Violence in College Party Subcultures.” Deviant Behavior 37(12):1392-1410. Deviant Behavior

    Boyle, Kaitlin M. and Ashleigh E. McKinzie. 2015. “Resolving Negative Affect and Restoring Meaning: Responses to Deflection Produced by Unwanted Sexual Experiences.” Social Psychology Quarterly 78(2):151-172.  Sage Journals

    Boyle, Kaitlin M. 2015. “Social Psychological Processes that Facilitate Sexual Assault within the Fraternity Party Subculture.” Sociology Compass 9(5):386-399.  Sociology Compass

    Boyle, Kaitlin M. 2017. “Sexual Assault and Identity Disruption: A Sociological Approach to Post-Traumatic Stress.” Society and Mental Health

    Sponsored Research

    “The Graduate Student Study.” The College of Liberal Arts and Human Science, Virginia Tech. Faculty Research Grants, Niles Research Grant, $4,000, 2017.

    “Identity Coherence, Social Stress, and Health Outcomes” (co-PI) with Kimberly Rogers. Dartmouth College Seed Grant, $3.250, 2016.

     “Identity, Behavior, and the Psychological Well-Being of “Victims” and “Survivors” of Sexual Assault.” The Graduate School, The University of Georgia. Innovative and Interdisciplinary Research Grant, $1,500, 2015.

    “Self-Sentiments and Identity-Related Post-Assault Outcomes of “Victims” and “Survivors” of Sexual Assault.” Emory University, The Injury Prevention Research Center. Summer Scholarship, $1,000, 2013. 

    Additional Information

    Kait Boyle examines how identity and culture shape the affective, cognitive, and behavioral effects of violence. She has primarily explored how engagement in gender stereotypic, sexually aggressive subcultures; sexual scripts and definitions of “rape,” “victims,” and “survivors;” and power dynamics in relational contexts shape responses to and the psychological effects of sexual violence. Her research—which is located at the intersection of criminology, gender, and social psychology—aims to understand barriers to labeling and reporting crime and trauma recovery at the institutional, community, and individual levels.