Rutgers School of Social Work is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Victoria Banyard as a full-time professor. Banyard, who currently works as a full professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire, has spent her academic life focused on issues related to the prevention of and responses to interpersonal violence.
She is currently the principal investigator on two grants, one from the Department of Justice and the other with the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). She is also a co-principal investigator on a second CDC grant, "Preventing sexual violence through a comprehensive peer led initiative: a process and outcome evaluation."
Banyard brings with her decades of experience in working with these issues, having served as a research and evaluation specialist in the Office on Violence Against Women in the U.S. Department of Justice. Even as a Ph.D. student earning her degree in clinical psychology and certificate in Women's Studies at the University of Michigan, her interest in finding ways to prevent and respond to interpersonal violence was clear.
She has published and presented often and widely on topics ranging from intimate partner violence in rural communities, to dating abuse, to bystander intervention. To date, she has published Toward the Next Generation of Bystander Prevention of Sexual and Relationship Violence: Actions Coils to Engage Communities and served as editor and writer for Trauma and Memory with Linda Williams. She 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.
Banyard, who will arrive on campus this summer, is a New Jersey native. She says that returning to the Garden State feels right. "I'm eager to meet new colleagues and students at Rutgers – to learn from them, and join in their important work."