Psychology

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What does a Research Professor of Psychology do?

March 25, 2013

If she is Sherry L. Hamby . . . 

Make an impact on Children’s Exposure to Violence.  Profiled by the Safe Start National Resource Center for her work in developing the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NatSCEV).

Receive an invitation from the U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius to serve on the Board of Scientific Counselors at the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, part of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.  The CDC’s Injury Center uses science to create the best real-world solutions to keep people safe, healthy, and productive.

Publish a book, with John H. Grych, The Web of Violence:  Exploring connections among different forms of interpersonal violence and abuse.  (2013).  New York: SpringerBriefs in Sociology.  It focuses on the interconnections among all forms of abuse, maltreatment, and trauma (polyvictimization), including emerging initiatives designed to address these interconnections.

Develop a new course for spring 2013 . . . Psyc 218. Psychology of Violence.  Teach Psyc 412 Psychology of Gender since she arrived in Sewanee in August 2008.  Supervise student research projects, either as Independent Study or in the Advanced Research Seminar . . . many projects leading to conference papers and journal articles.

Receive, in November 2012, the unanimous support of the faculty in the Department for promotion to Research Professor of Psychology, which was soon granted by the University.

Direct the Life Paths Research Program . . . as Principal Investigator of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation, gather a staff to study the impact of the 25-year-old Laws of Life Essay Contest.  With co-investigators Victoria Banyard, University of New Hampshire, and John Grych, Marquette University.

Implement, as founding Editor, a new journal for the American Psychological Association, the Psychology of Violence . . . a multidisciplinary research journal incorporating research from psychology, public health, neuroscience, sociology, and medicine.

Discuss with an American Psychological Association interviewer . . . in February when romance is usually associated with Valentine’s Day . . . how a dating partner can prove to be abusive in exerting power and control.

Be surprised at a Washington, DC conference of representatives of eight Defending Childhood Initiative demonstration sites, Justice Department leaders, and researchers to hear U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder describe her research project with UNH colleagues as “a wake-up call, and warning bell, for all of us.”

Manage to have an active family life with husband and two children.

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