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Adams, Adrienne, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, Ecological-Community Psychology

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Adrienne Adams, Ph.D. is an associate professor in the Department of Psychology and a member of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on economic abuse and the economic effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) for survivors. Dr. Adams developed and validated the first measure of economic abuse and recently published an updated version of the instrument. Currently, Adrienne is studying the problem of coerced debt, a form of economic abuse that occurs when abusive partners create debt in their partners’ names using fraud, coercion, and/or manipulation. In addition to her research, Dr. Adams has expertise in designing and evaluating community-based interventions and victim service programs. She collaborated with a local credit union and six local organizations serving IPV survivors to develop and evaluate a low-interest personal loan program to provide survivors with an affordable option for removing financial barriers to safety and rebuilding their credit. Also, over the past 15 years, she has evaluated several local, state, and national DV and sexual assault victim service programs.

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MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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