Our Team

Director of Life Paths Research Center & Co-Chair of ResilienceCon: Sherry Hamby, Ph.D is Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South. A licensed clinical psychologist, she has worked for more than 20 years to make families stronger. Dr. Hamby is best known for her work on poly-victimization and improving measures of violence.

Co-Chair of ResilienceCon & Co-investigator: Victoria Banyard, Ph.D is also a Professor in the School of Social Work at Rutgers University. Dr. Banyard is best known for her work on bystander approaches to violence prevention, including developing the Bringing in the Bystander Program.

Co-Chair of ResilienceCon: Nicole Yuan, Ph.D 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.

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Project Manager & Conference Administrator: Elizabeth Taylor, M.S. is a PhD Candidate at Oakland University working with Dr. Michele Parkhill Purdie. She has also worked with Life Paths Research Center for over 4 years and spear-heads the majority of the organizational tasks associated with ResilienceCon.

ResilienceCon Program Committee Members

Sherry Hamby, Co-Chair
Victoria Banyard, Co-Chair
Nicole Yuan, Co-Chair
Anjali Forber-Pratt, Senior Advisor
Kathryn Howell, Senior Advisor
Esther N.K. Malm, Senior Advisor
Susan Yoon, Senior Advisor
Tom Bissonette, Program Committee Member
Rufaro Chitiyo, Program Committee Member
Jonathan Davis, Program Committee Member
Jessica Elm, Program Committee Fellow
Amanda J. Hasselle, Program Committee Student Representative
James Jurgensen, Program Committee Fellow
Nidal A-Z Kram, Program Committee Student Representative
Kathryn Maguire-Jack, Program Committee Member
Hasina Mohyuddin, Program Committee Fellow
Danielle Rousseau, Program Committee Member
Katie Schultz, Program Committee Member
Elizabeth Taylor, Conference Administrator
Rachel Wamser-Nanney, Program Committee Member

Research Scientists, Fellows, and Affiliated Scholars

Research Scientist

Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D. is the Executive Director of The Melissa Institute for Violence Prevention and Treatment and President of the Behavioral Sciences & Wellness Networks.

Research Fellow

Ayesha Aziz, M.S. is a Ph.D. Scholar at the Centre for Clinical Psychology, University of the Punjab, Lahore.

Research Fellow

Shih-Ying Cheng, MSW is a doctoral candidate in the School of Social Work at Washington University in St. Louis. Her research interests include services and policies that address intimate partner violence (IPV), health and social service utilization among recent immigrants, and the implementation of evidence-based practice.

Research Scientist

Lois Engelbrecht, Ph.D. is the founder of the Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Sexual Abuse in Quezon City.

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Research Scientist

Rosaura Gonzalez-Mendez, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor at the Universidad de La Laguna, Spain.

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Research Scientist

Kathryn Howell, Ph.D. is an Associate Professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Memphis.

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Research Scientist

Esther N.K. Malm, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology, at Murray State University.

Affiliated Researcher

Gitika Talwar, Ph.D. is a community-clinical psychologist and advocate for bipartisan immigration reform.

Research Scientist

Michelle Wright, Ph.D. is an international expert on offline and online risks among children and adolescents. She is employed as an online adjunct instructor at Penn State University and DePaul University.

Image of Susan Yoon, an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University.

Research Scientist

Susan Yoon, Ph.D. is an Assistant Professor in the College of Social Work at The Ohio State University.

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