Dr. Rebecca L. Bosetti


Rebecca L. Bosetti, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at the University of Kentucky. Bosetti completed her PhD in Social Work at The Ohio State University in 2020 after defending her dissertation entitled Maltreatment, Emotional Responses to Abuse, and Trauma Among Adolescents Engaging in Sexual or Non-Sexual Delinquency. Dr. Bosetti’s dissertation received funding through the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers Pre-doctoral Research Grant. Dr. Bosetti’s research explores developmental antecedents to juvenile delinquency behaviors, the role of childhood maltreatment victimization and trauma in the etiology of adolescent offending, and emotional processing risk factors that differentiate youth who commit general delinquent offenses from youth who engage in sexually abusive behaviors. Moreover, she is actively engaged in providing sex-positive education to students across social science disciplines to highlight the role of socially just and inclusive sex education as a tool of primary sexual violence prevention. Dr. Bosetti serves on the editorial board of Sexual Abuse: A Journal of Research and Treatment, and will continue researching the safety and victimization experiences of juvenile justice involved youth in the hopes of informing the implementation of developmentally responsive juvenile justice practices.