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 improving measures of violence and poly-victimization. She is currently Principal Investigator on grants focusing on poly-victimization, resilience, and the shift in victimization from the “real” to the online world. Her work on the National Survey for Children’s Exposure to Violence—the largest study of youth victimization ever conducted in the U.S.—is the empirical foundation of the U.S. Department of Justice’s Defending Childhood Initiative. 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.