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Sherry Hamby, Ph.D.

Sherry Hamby

Sherry Hamby

Sherry Hamby, Ph.D. is Director of the Life Paths Appalachian Research Center, 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. 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. Her current work focuses on resilience, especially the under-appreciated strengths of rural Appalachians, where she has multi-generational roots, and other disadvantaged communities. Her research has been funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, the John Templeton Foundation, and numerous other agencies. She has served on the advisory boards of numerous agencies, including the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Control & Prevention. Her awards include the 2017 Award for Outstanding Contribution to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the Trauma Psychology division of the American Psychological Association. Dr. Hamby’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, and hundreds of other media outlets. Her most recent book is Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know (Oxford University Press, 2014).

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