Peterson receives distinguished service award

Professor Zoë Peterson has been awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality.

“I am deeply honored to receive this award,” Peterson said. “SSSS has been an important part of my professional life since I was a graduate student. I met many of my current collaborators and friends at SSSS conferences, so it feels especially meaningful to be honored by an organization that has been so important to me.”

Peterson has been a member of the organization since I was a graduate student, so for about 20 years, and has held a variety of roles within the organization, but most substantially served as President of the organization from 2019-2021. Peterson currently remains actively involved in the organization as Past-President and Chair of the Nominations and Elections Committee.

“Broadly, my research addresses sexual assault and sexual consent. Much of current research is focused on how we can best measure sexual assault victimization and perpetration through self-report questionnaires. Accurate measurement of sexual assault experiences is important for researchers, clinicians, and university Title IX offices among other groups,” Peterson added.

Peterson will receive her award at the Society for the Scientific Study of Sexuality conference in November.