Research of Michael Miner

headshot of Michael MinerMichael Miner, PhD, is involved in the application of psychological theory and methods to a wide range of health and social issues, in particular the areas of sexual offending and the factors that lead to the perpetration of child sexual abuse.

Dr. Miner’s studies on the topic of sexual offending focus primarily on sexual aggression perpetration in adolescents and on the relationship between affect and sexual behavior. He proposes a model that combines an insecure attachment style, social isolation, and hypersexuality as the key factors that contribute to the perpetration of child sexual abuse.

Dr. Miner’s work also spans policy development and the evaluation of risk-assessment tools. He was a lead author on a federally-funded evaluation of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale (SOTIPS), a 5-year study that was designed to assess recidivism and the predictive accuracy of SOTIPS. The paper’s findings were reported to the National Institute of Justice and provide a foundation for a more empirical basis for decision-making.

He also co-authored a chapter in Sexual Offending: A Criminological Perspective that explores how the assumptions underpinning the 1993 National Adolescent Perpetrator Network task force have shaped research, treatment, and civil sanctions of offenders. Dr. Miner is a Past President of the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers (ATSA). He remains deeply involved in policy and has either been a signatory or designer of a number of amicus briefs for the Supreme Court.

With his colleagues at the Program in Human Sexuality (PHS), where he serves as Research DIrector, Dr. Miner has also been involved in research related to compulsive sexual behavior (CSB). He has co-authored numerous studies on the topic of CSB, examining the impact of negative emotionality and constraint on the phenomenon, as well as CSB’s relation to anxiety and inhibition. Dr. Miner’s research has also supported the development of the Compulsive Sexual Behavior Inventory (CSBI) and the definition of clinical cut-points for screening, a feature other instruments lack.

A self-described “stats nerd,” Dr. Miner is part of the DFMCH’s evaluation and statistics hub, and collaborates with his colleagues on quantitative study designs both within the areas of sexual health and childhood obesity. He also sees clients at the Center for Sexual Health, where he works with couples and conducts psychosexual assessments involving the criminal justice system. He has previously been a provider at Smiley’s Family Medicine Clinic as well as the coordinator for the sexual offender program within the Program for Human Sexuality.

At the University of Minnesota, Dr. Miner supervises postdoctoral fellows in the Program in Human Sexuality and serves as a mentor in research and professional development. He holds an adjunct appointment in Psychology.

Research Funding Grants:

2013-17, National Institute of Justice, PI, "Evaluation of the Implementation of the Sex Offender Treatment Intervention and Progress Scale"

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