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Campbell, Rebecca, Ph.D.
Professor, Department of Psychology

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Dr. Rebecca Campbell is a Professor of Psychology at Michigan State University. She holds a Ph.D. in community psychology with a concentration in statistics, also from Michigan State University. For the past 25 years, she has been conducting community-based research on violence against women and children, with an emphasis on sexual assault. Dr. Campbell’s research examines how contact with the legal and medical systems affects adult, adolescent, and pediatric victims’ psychological and physical health. Most recently, she was the lead researcher for the National Institute of Justice-funded Detroit Sexual Assault Kit Action Research Project, which was a four-year multidisciplinary study of Detroit’s untested rape kits. Dr. Campbell also conducts training for law enforcement and multidisciplinary practitioners in civilian, military, and campus community settings on the neurobiology of trauma. In 2015, Dr. Campbell received the Department of Justice, Office for Victims of Crime, Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award.

Select Publications

  • Campbell, R., Shaw, J., & Fehler-Cabral, G. (2018). Evaluation of a victim-centered, trauma-informed victim notification protocol for untested sexual assault kits (SAKs). Violence Against Women, 24, 379-400.
  • Campbell, R., & Fehler-Cabral, G. (2018). Why police “couldn’t or wouldn’t” submit sexual assault kits (SAKs) for forensic DNA testing: A focal concerns theory analysis of untested rape kits. Law & Society Review, 52, 73-105.
  • Feeney, H., Campbell, R., & Cain, D. (2018). “Do you wish to prosecute the person who assaulted you?” Untested sexual assault kits and victim notification of rape survivors assaulted as adolescents. Victims & Offenders, 13, 651-674.
  • Campbell, R., Feeney, H., Fehler-Cabral, G., Shaw, J., & Horsford, S. (in press). The national problem of untested sexual assault kits (SAKs): Scope, causes, and future directions for research, policy, and practice. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.
  • Campbell, R., Feeney, H., Fehler-Cabral, G., Shaw, J., & Horsford, S. (2017). The national problem of untested sexual assault kits (SAKs): Scope, causes, and future directions for research, policy, and practice. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 18, 363-376.
  • Campbell, R., & Fehler-Cabral, G. (2017). Accountability, collaboration, and social change:Ethical tensions in an action research project to address untested sexual assault kits (SAKs). American Journal of Community Psychology, 60, 476-482
  • Campbell, R., Pierce, S. J., Sharma, D.B., Feeney, H., & Fehler-Cabral, G. (2016). Should rape kit testing be prioritized by victim-offender relationship? An empirical comparison of forensic testing outcomes for stranger and non-stranger sexual assaults. Criminology & Public Policy, 15, 555-583.
  • Campbell, R., Greeson, M., Fehler-Cabral, G., & Kennedy, A. (2015). Pathways to help: Adolescent sexual assault victims’ disclosure and help-seeking experiences. Violence Against Women, 21, 824-847.
  • Campbell, R., Shaw, J., & Fehler-Cabral, G. (2015). Shelving justice: The discovery of thousands of untested rape kits in Detroit. City & Community, 14, 151-166.
  • Campbell, R., Bybee, D., Shaw, J.L., Townsend, S.M., Karim, N., & Markowitz, J. (2014). The impact of sexual assault nurse examiner (SANE) programs on criminal justice case outcomes: A multi-site replication study. Violence Against Women, 20, 607-625.

Select Awards

  • Champion of Justice Award, Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention & Treatment Board (Michigan Department of Health & Human Services, 2019)
  • Teal Ribbon Award, Outstanding Individual Leadership for Sexual Assault Survivors, (Michigan State University Sexual Assault Program, 2019)
  •  W.K. Kellogg Foundation Community Engagement Scholarship Award, Exemplary Project for The Detroit Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Action Research Project, Association of Public & Land Grant Universities (APLU, 2017).
  • Visionary Award for Leadership in Ending Violence Against Women (End Violence Against Women International, 2016)
  •  Vision 21 Crime Victims Research Award, Office for Victims of Crime, Office of Justice Programs, (U.S. Department of Justice, 2015)
  • Special Contributions to Public Policy Award, Society for Community Research & Action (Division 27) (American Psychological Association, 2015)
  • Special Contributions to Public Policy Award (The Society for Community Research and Action, 2015)
  • Council on Educational Program’s Excellent Educator Award (The Society for Community Research and Action, 2015)
  • Vision 21 Research Award (Department of Justice, 2015)

About RCGV

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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