About Sherry Hamby

Image of Sherry Hamby, Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the SouthSherry Hamby is Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South and founding editor of the APA journal Psychology of Violence.  She is also founder and Director of the Life Paths Appalachian Research Center.

A licensed clinical psychologist, she has worked for more than 20 years on the problem of violence, including front line work doing crisis intervention for domestic and other violence, involvement in grassroots domestic violence organizations, therapy with trauma survivors, and research on many forms of violence.  She is author or co-author of more than 150 publications.

She is best known for her work on poly-victimization and developing measures of violence. Dr. Hamby is part of the team that conducts the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which is the U.S.’s primary surveillance mechanism for youth victimization and the source of the most up-to-date and comprehensive statistics on the co-occurrence among different forms of youth violence.

She conducted the first reservation-based study of domestic violence among American Indians and collaborated on Sortir Ensemble et Se Respecter, the first Swiss dating violence prevention program.

Her current work focuses on resilience, especially the under-appreciated strengths of rural Appalachians, where she has multi-generational roots, and other disadvantaged communities. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, the John Templeton Foundation, and numerous other agencies.

She has served on numerous advisory boards, including the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control. .  Her awards include the 2017 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the Trauma Psychology Division of the American Psychological Association, as well as being selected in 2013 as a “Woman Making an Impact on Children’s Exposure to Violence” by the Safe Start National Resource Center, among other recognitions. Dr. Hamby’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, and hundreds of other media outlets. Her most recent book, Battered Women’s Protective Strategies:  Stronger than You Know, is available from Oxford University Press. Email: sherry.hamby@sewanee.edu.

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