I double-majored in Psychology and French Language and Literature at Smith College. I received my Ph.D. in Community and Clinical Psychology at the University of Illinois in Urbana Champaign and completed a post-doctoral fellowship at the Yale School of Medicine. Prior to joining John Jay College, I worked as a research scientist at CASA, Columbia University.
I conduct research on intimate partner abuse with a focus on sexual coercion and coercive control. Trained as a clinical and community psychologist, the broader context of culture, gender and power always informs my research. For example, I study whether these forms of abuse manifest differently across heterosexual and same sex couples and when/what culture matters. Recently, I’ve begun studying these power dynamics in domestically trafficked sex workers and the relationship of coercive control to traumatic attachment. Much of my work is interdisciplinary and I partner with lawyers, anthropologists, sociologists, and social workers. Internationally, I’ve collaborated with scholars from India, Brazil, Malaysia, Morocco, and Spain.
Clinically, I am most interested in translating research into appropriate techniques for assessing partner violence and associated trauma. Finally, to broaden student exposure to different ways of thinking about mental health and gender, I lead two study abroad programs, one to Bali Indonesia, and the other to Morocco. Students are an integral part of my research agenda and I enjoy mentoring, writing, and conducting research with an active group of undergraduate and graduate students.