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Victoria Banyard

Professor and Associate Director, Center on Violence Against Women and Children

Ph.D., Clinical Psychology, University of Michigan, MA, Psychology, University of Michigan, BA, Brown University

(848) 932-8430

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Victoria Banyard has dedicated her academic career to finding better ways to help communities prevent and respond to interpersonal violence. Banyard – who received her Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology (and a Certificate in Women's Studies) from the University of Michigan – has worked with colleagues across the U.S. and abroad to help shape policy at the national, state and local level through a rigorous examination of violence-prevention programs centered on a critical question: Do they work? Banyard uses multiple methods, both quantitative and qualitative, to understand how, where and why prevention strategies and programs succeed or not. Her research, begun more than 25 years ago, underscores the importance of listening well to survivors and empowering those in a position to help them – be they policy makers, social workers, or bystanders – with the best practices available. Originally from New Jersey, Vicki is excited to return to the Garden State and join the School of Social Work faculty. She is eager to meet new colleagues and students at Rutgers – to learn from them, and join in their important work. 

Selected Recent Publications: 

Selected Publications

Banyard, V., Hamby, S., & Grych, J. (2017). Health effects of adverse childhood events: Identifying promising protective factors at the intersection of mental and physical wellbeing. Child Abuse & Neglect, 65, 88-98.

Banyard, V., Demers, J., Edwards, K., Cohn, E., Walsh, W. & Ward, S. (2017). Academic Correlates of Unwanted Sexual Contact, Intercourse, Stalking and Intimate Partner Violence: An Understudied but Important Consequence for College Students. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Banyard, V., Weber, M., Grych, J., & Hamby, S. (2016). Where are the helpful bystanders? Ecological Niche and Victims’ Perceptions of Bystander Intervention. Journal of Community Psychology, 44(2).  

Banyard, V. L. (2014). Improving College Campus Based Prevention of Violence Against Women: A Strategic Plan for Research Built on Multi-pronged Practices and Policies. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 15, 339-351.

Banyard, V. L., Moynihan, M. M., Cares, A. C., & Warner, R. (2014). How do we know if it works? Measuring outcomes in bystander-focused abuse prevention on campuses. Psychology of Violence, 4, 101-115.

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