Broadly speaking, my research focuses on intimate partner violence, intimate partner rape, femicide, and gender rights. Trained as a clinical and community psychologist, the broader cultural context of gender and power always informs my research. As such, my research and teaching engage not only with the more traditional psychological factors believed to trigger domestic abuse, (e.g., jealousy) but also consider the larger political, economic, and socio-cultural factors that maintain or exacerbate the violence (e.g., social permission to be jealous). Much of my work is interdisciplinary and international/cross-cultural and I partner with organizations that include lawyers, psychologists, sociologists, social workers, and health care professionals.
Currently, I am working on two projects. In one, I investigate how abusers use different tactics including coercive control and sexual violence to achieve control over their intimate partners. In the second, I examine how coercive control (and partner violence) is enacted in gay couples and how these dynamics may vary across gender and sexual orientation. Students are an integral part of my research agenda and I enjoy mentoring, writing, and conducting research with my students who care about the same issues.