Dr. Newins received her B.A. in Psychology from Mercer University and her M.S. and Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology from Virginia Tech. She completed her pre-doctoral clinical internship at the Durham VA Medical Center. She then worked as a post-doctoral fellow in the Mental Illness Research and Treatment fellowship program at the VISN 6 Mental Illness Research, Education, and Clinical Center and the Durham VA Medical Center. Following her fellowship, she worked as a Staff Psychologist in the Substance Use Disorders Clinics of the Durham VA Medical Center before joining the faculty at UCF in 2016.

Dr. Newins focuses her research on trauma, anxiety, and health risk. In particular, she is interested in improving treatments for trauma-related disorders. She also conducts research on the identification of risk factors for sexual assault victimization as well as outcomes of sexual assault. She also studies the relationship between anxiety and substance use.

Recent Publications

Newins, A. R., & Wilson, L. C. (2023). Sexual assault characteristics and posttraumatic stress symptoms among collegiate women: The role of posttraumatic cognitions. Journal of Traumatic Stress Studies, 36(5), 993-1000.


Wilson, L. C., & Newins, A. R. (2023). The role of gender, sexual assault history, and sexism in endorsement of rape myths among college students. Violence Against Women. Advance online publication.


Zamboanga, B. L., Merrill, J. E., Newins, A. R., Olthuis, J. V., Van Hedger, K., Blumenthal, H., Kim, S. Y., Grigsby, T. J., Perrotte, J. K., Lui, P. P., & McChargue, D. (2023). A national study on pregaming motives, frequency, consumption, and negative drinking consequences among university students in the United States. Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 250(1), 110839.


Berg, S., Newins, A. R., & Wilson, L. C. (2022). The effect of social anxiety on the risk of sexual victimization via assertiveness in an ethnically diverse sample. Violence Against Women, 28(9), 1947-1964.


*Bernstein, E., *Kanefsky, R. Z., *Cook, M. A., & Newins, A. R. (2022). Acceptance of rape myths and psychological symptoms: The indirect effect of self-blame. Journal of American College Health. Advance online publication.

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