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Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D.

Etiony Aldarondo is Associate Dean for Research and Director of the Dunspaugh-Dalton Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center in the School of Education at the University of Miami.  His professional career includes appointments at Boston College, Harvard Medical School’s Cambridge Hospital, and the Philadelphia Child Guidance Center. The recipient of various recognitions for educational excellence and community involvement, including the 2011 Social Justice Award from the American Psychological Association and the 2011 Elizabeth Beckman Award, his scholarship focuses on positive development of ethnic minority and immigrant youth, domestic violence, and social justice-oriented clinical practices. His publications include the books Advancing Social Justice through Clinical Practice (Routledge), Programs for men who batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diverse society (Civic Research Institute with Fernando Mederos, Ed.D.), and Neurosciences, Health and Community Well-Being (San Luís, Nueva Editorial Universitaria with Dr. Enrique Saforcada and Mauro Muñoz).

Walter DeKeseredy, Ph.D.

Walter S. DeKeseredy is Anna Deane Carlson Endowed Chair of Social Sciences and Professor of Sociology at West Virginia University. He has published 19 books and over 160 scientific journal articles and book chapters on violence against women and other social problems. In 2008, the Institute on Violence, Abuse and Trauma gave him the Linda Saltzman Memorial Intimate Partner Violence Researcher Award. He also jointly received the 2004 Distinguished Scholar Award from the American Society of Criminology's (ASC) Division on Women and Crime and the 2007 inaugural UOIT Research Excellence Award. In 1995, he received the Critical Criminologist of the Year Award from the ASC’s Division on Critical Criminology (DCC) and in 2008 the DCC gave him the Lifetime Achievement Award. In 2014, he received the Critical Criminal Justice Scholar Award from the Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences' Section on
Critical Criminal Justice.

Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD

Rosa M. Gonzalez-Guarda, PhD, MPH, RN, CPH, is an assistant professor at the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies. Dr. Gonzalez-Guard received a bachelor of science in nursing (BSN) from Georgetown University, a master of science in nursing (MSN) and public health (MPH) from Johns Hopkins University, and an interdisciplinary PhD from the University of Miami. She has worked on community-based prevention programs and research targeting Hispanics and other health disparity populations in the areas of intimate partner violence, HIV and other sexually transmitted infections (STIs) and co-occuring health conditions. Her research has developed a conceptual understanding of how intersecting health conditions (i.e., syndemics) contribute to health disparities and to the development of culturally tailored interventions that have an impact on multiple health outcomes. She is currently funded by the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Nurse Faculty Scholars Program to develop and pilot test a culturally tailored teen dating violence prevention program for Hispanic youth. She is also working on an Office of Violence Against Women Demonstration Initiative aimed at preventing domestic violence homicides and a study funded by the National Institute of Minority Health and Health Disparities that aims to identify disparities in HIV/STI acquisition and testing among victims of intimate partner violence.

Dr. Gonzalez-Guarda has also led efforts in diversifying the nursing workforce and building competency among nurses to address health disparities. She served on the Institute of Medicine Committee that produced the landmark Future of Nursing report (IOM, 2010), the best-selling report in the history of the IOM, and was appointed by the Secretary of Health and Human Services in 2012 to the National Advisory Council of Nursing Education and Practice (NACNEP). She is also the Co-Director of the Research and Training Core of the University of Miami School of Nursing and Health Studies Center of Excellence for Health Disparities Research: El Centro. Through this role she designs and oversees activities aimed at building and nurturing the next generation of health disparities researchers.

Lisa Goodman, Ph.D.

Lisa A. Goodman is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Developmental Psychology at Boston College.  She is the author of over 95 articles and chapters on the interaction between victims of intimate partner violence and the practices, systems and policies that aim to help them; the psychosocial effects of intimate partner violence; innovative mental health practices for low-income communities; and bringing social justice to counseling psychology.  She has also consulted extensively with national and community-based organizations that work with survivors, and is the co-founder of the Massachusetts Domestic Violence Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative.  Dr. Goodman has received several national awards for her teaching, mentoring, and research.  Her 2008 book, co-authored with Deborah Epstein and published by the American Psychological Association, is entitled Listening to Battered Women:  A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice.

Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.

Sherry Hamby is Research Professor of Psychology and Director of the Life Paths Research Program at the University of the South.  She is also founding editor of the American Psychological Association journal Psychology of Violence.  A licensed clinical psychologist, she has worked for more than 20 years on the problem of violence, including front-line crisis intervention for domestic and other violence, involvement in grassroots domestic violence organizations, therapy with trauma survivors, and research on many forms of violence.  She is co-investigator on the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which is the U.S.’s primary surveillance of youth victimization and the first national effort to measure crimes against children under 12 that are not reported to authorities.  She conducted the first reservation-based study of domestic violence among American Indians and collaborated on Sortir Ensemble et Se Respecter, the first Swiss dating violence prevention program.  She is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC's National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and was selected in 2013 as a "Woman Making an Impact on Children's Exposure to Violence" by the Safe Start National Resource Center, among other recognitions. Dr. Hamby completed her education at the College of William & Mary (B.S., M.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology). She is author or co-author of more than 100 works including The Web of Violence: Exploring Connections among Different Forms of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse and The Conflict Tactics Scales Handbook.  Her newest book is entitled Battered Women's Protective Strategies:  Stronger Than You Know.  She lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children.

Gabe Kuperminc, Ph.D.

Dr. Kuperminc is Professor of Psychology and directs the doctoral program in Community Psychology at Georgia State University.  He is also a member of the Development Psychology Program..  He received his PhD in 1994 from the University of Virginia, and completed a post doctoral fellowship at Yale University from 1994-1997.  He works in the areas of social ecology and adolescent development.

Dr. Kuperminc engages in two types of research focused on 1) understanding processes of resilience and positive youth development in adolescence and 2) evaluating the effectiveness of community-based prevention and health promotion programs. These types of research often intersect.

Ruben Parra Cardona, Ph.D.

Dr. Parra-Cardona is an Associate Professor in the program of couple and family therapy at Michigan State University (MSU). He is also Associate Director of the MSU Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence. His current research is focused on the prevention of child abuse and neglect through the cultural adaptation of evidence-based parenting interventions for Latino populations. He also conducts research on the cultural relevance of services for Latina survivors as well as Latino men who batter and abuse. He is currently the principal investigator of a parenting study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH).

Dr. Parra-Cardona’s clinical experience has included the provision of services to Latino street children engaged in drug trafficking and prostitution, child and adult victims of sexual abuse and violence, federal adult probationers convicted for drug trafficking, Latino parents, Latino youth involved in the justice system, and adult Latino abusers. 

Dr. Parra-Cardona is a member of the board of directors of a leading family therapy institute in Mexico and Latin America (Centro de Investigación Familiar A.C; CIFAC) and adjunct clinical faculty and researcher in a leading family therapy institute in northern Mexico (Instituto Regional de Estudios de la Familia, IREFAM). He supports the state of Chihuahua and Nuevo Leon in the implementation of parenting prevention programs as well as services for intimate partner violence (IPV).

Michael Rodriguez, Ph.D.

Dr. Rodriguez is currently an Associate Professor of Quantitative Methods in Education in the College of Education & Human Development at the University of Minnesota (since 1999). He received his PhD in Educational Measurement & Quantitative Methods from Michigan State University in 1999. He holds the endowed Campbell Leadership Chair in Education and Human Development with a focus on the achievement gap and is a member of the University’s Academy of Distinguished Teachers.  He is an active member of the National Council on Measurement in Education, the American Educational Research Association, and the editorial board of Applied Measurement in Education.  He currently serves on a number of technical advisory committees including with the US Department of Defense, the National Assessment of Educational Progress, and the National Board of Professional Teaching Standards.

Dr. Rodriguez is the recipient of the 2005 Albert J. Harris Award of the International Reading Association for the article: Reading growth in high-poverty classrooms: The influence of teacher practices that encourage cognitive engagement in literacy learning. He focuses his research on reliability theory, item writing and test design, classroom assessment, and youth development. He is the senior research coordinator for psychometrics for the first international Teacher Education and Development Study in Mathematics (TEDS-M), and serves as a psychometric consultant to the Ministry of Education in Guatemala. His recent book written with colleague Thomas Haladyna was recently published by Routledge: Developing and Validating Test Items (2013).

Cris Sullivan, Ph.D.

Dr. Cris M. Sullivan is Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology and Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at Michigan State University (MSU).  In addition to her MSU appointments, Cris is the chairperson of the Michigan Domestic and Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, and Senior Research Advisor to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence. In addition to serving on the NLN’s Research Advisory Board she is a member of the advisory boards to the National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma & Mental Health, and the LGBTQ Capacity Learning Center. She has been an advocate and researcher in the movement to end violence against women since 1982.  Her areas of expertise include developing and evaluating community interventions for abused women and their children, and evaluating victim services.