ResilienceCon 2019 Program Committee
Director of Life Paths Appalachian Research Center & Co-Chair of ResilienceCon: Sherry Hamby, Ph.D. is Director of the Life Paths Appalachian Research Center (LPARC) and Co-Chair of ResilienceCon. She is also Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South and founding editor of the APA journal Psychology of Violence. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hamby has worked for more than 20 years on the problem of violence, including front-line crisis intervention and treatment, involvement in grassroots organizations, and research leading to the publication of more than 150 articles and books. 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 and is principal investigator of the largest psychological study ever conducted in rural Appalachia. Her safety plan for victims of domestic violence, the VIGOR, has been endorsed by numerous national, state, and local agencies.
Her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, the John Templeton Foundation, and numerous other agencies. Dr. Hamby is the author of Battered Women’s Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know(Oxford, 2014) and The Web of Violence (with John Grych; Springer, 2013), both of which have been influential works in the field. She has served on several national research advisory boards, including the Board of Scientific Counselors for the National Center for Injury Prevention and Control at the CDC, the National Latino Network, the National Indigenous Women’s Resource Center, and the National Children’s Alliance. Her work has been recognized with awards from the National Register of Health Service Psychologists, the American Professional Society on Abuse of Children, and other organizations. She completed her Ph.D. in clinical psychology at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, Los Angeles Times, the Atlantic, Time, Forbes, Slate, The Guardian, CTV News, Wisconsin Public Radio, and hundreds of other media outlets. Dr. Hamby’s most recent work focuses on the “ordinary magic” of resilience that is attainable even after significant adversity. To contact her via e-mail: email@example.com.
Co-Chair of ResilienceCon & Co-investigator: Victoria Banyard, Ph.D. is Co-Chair of ResilienceCon and co-investigator on the first Resilience Portfolios project. She is also a Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Banyard is best known for her work on bystander approaches to violence prevention, including developing the Bringing in the Bystander program. Her research also focuses on understanding the strengths and challenges of women facing stresses such as poverty and family violence and has a longstanding interest in resilience among trauma survivors and others experiencing overwhelming stressors.
She has served as an advisor to the Office for Violence Against Women at the U.S. Department of Justice and the National Sexual Violence Resource Center, among other agencies. She has received grant funding from the Centers for Disease Control, the National Institute of Justice, and other organizations. She is author or co-author of more than 100 scholarly publications, including Toward the Next Generation of Bystander Prevention of Sexual and Relationship Violence: Action Coils to Engage Communities(Springer, 2015). She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan with a certificate in Women’s Studies and lives in New Hampshire with her husband and three children. Her work is regularly featured in many media outlets. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Co-Chair of ResilienceCon & Program Committee Member: Nicole Yuan, Ph.D, MPH, is an Associate Professor in the Mel and Enid Zuckerman College of Public Health at the University of Arizona. She received a doctoral degree in clinical psychology from Bowling Green State University. In 2011, she received a Master degree in public health from the University of Washington. Nicole is Principal Investigator of a Sexual Violence Prevention and Education Program supported by the Arizona Department of Health Services with pass through funds from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. She is also the Clinical Director for the Arizona Smokers’ Helpine. Nicole’s research interests include risk and protective factors of alcohol misuse and interpersonal violence among American Indian and other at-risk populations, violence against women across the lifespan, and research ethics and community-based participatory research methods. Nicole teaches for the MPH degree program and serves as the Chair of MPH student internship committees and mentors students at all levels. Nicole maintains an active psychology license in Arizona.
Program Committee Member: Anjali Forber-Pratt, Ph.D,is Assistant Professor at the Department of Human & Organizational Development at Vanderbilt University. She is also a member of Vanderbilt’s Kennedy Center for Research on Human Development. Her research agenda adopts a social- ecological framework and looks at issues surrounding identity, equity and empowerment for individuals who are different in some way, with a large focus on disability. Dr. Forber-Pratt has a strong background in qualitative methodology. Her work cuts across education (elementary, secondary, postsecondary), sports, work, and community contexts. Dr. Forber-Pratt presents regularly at state, national, and international conferences. The American Association of People with Disabilities (AAPD) has recognized her leadership abilities by awarding her the prestigious 2013 Paul G. Hearne Leadership Award, given to emerging leaders within the national disability community. Dr.Forber-Pratt has appeared on several television programs and radio shows, including: NPR; The Stream; and Sesame Street; and has been quoted in the national print press, including The Boston Globe, The New York Times, Huffington Post, USA Today, and Runner’s World. She was honored by The White House as a Champion of Change in 2013 and had an opportunity to participate in a roundtable discussion with President Obama about disability policy issues.
Program Committee Member: Jonathan Davis, Ph.D., LMFT, CFLE, is a native of Huntsville, Alabama. He graduated from the Georgia Institute of Technology in 1992. After two and a half years working as a missionary in Russia, he pursued graduate education at Abilene Christian University and earned a Ph.D. from Purdue University, where he concentrated in marriage and family therapy. In his doctoral program, Jonathan received specialized training in Medical Family Therapy in Rochester, New York before coming to teach at Samford University in 2002. Jonathan and his colleagues have presented at many national and regional conferences, and local workshops. He has published articles in the Journal of Systemic Therapies, Journal of Applied Gerontology, Family Relations, and the Journal of Psychology and Christianity. From 2012-2016, he directed a Department of Justice consortium grant for five institutions in the Birmingham area aimed at addressing the problem of campus violence, and he is excited about developing scholarship in this area. Jonathan has counseled with individuals of many different races, and couples and families of many types. He especially enjoys working with children and their parents, and he has led support groups for families with gifted children. In counseling sessions, Jonathan helps families build on their strengths and use their resources to grow in challenging times.
Kathryn H. Howell, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis. She received her PhD from the University of Michigan Clinical Psychology program and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the clinical child and adolescent track of the University of Michigan Department of Psychiatry postdoctoral training program. Dr. Howell’s research centers on young children exposed to potentially traumatic events, such as family violence and parental loss. She examines pathways to risk and resilience in these children. She is also a licensed psychologist with health service provider designation in the state of Tennessee.
Susan Yoon, MSW, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University. Dr. Yoon’s research seeks to promote resilience and well-being in children who have experienced childhood trauma, including child maltreatment. Her research focuses on investigating pathways to positive and healthy development among maltreated children, with a particular interest in identifying risk and protective factors that may promote or hinder resilience. She was a recipient of a Fellowship for University-Based Doctoral Candidates and Faculty for Research in Child Maltreatment from the Children’s Bureau, ACYF, HHS, and her federally funded dissertation research received an honorable mention for The Outstanding Social Work Doctoral Dissertation Award at the 2017 Society for Social Work and Research (SSWR) annual conference. She received her BA and MSW from Ewha Womans University in South Korea and earned her Ph.D. in social welfare from Case Western Reserve University.
Esther N.K. Malm, Ph.D., LMFT, is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, at Murray State University. She earned her master’s degree in Clinical Psychology at the University of Ghana, and her doctoral degree in Developmental Psychology from Georgia State University. Dr. Malm’s research centers around adolescent development, family and parent influences on children’s overall well-being and problem behaviors including bullying/peer victimization. Her second line of research focuses on cross-cultural/international psychology generally, but specifically its influences on parent and family dynamics.