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Sullivan, Cris M., Ph.D.
Professor, Ecological-Community Psychology; Director, MSU Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence
  • Professor, Ecological-Community Psychology; Director, MSU Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence
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  • sulliv22@msu.edu

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Dr. Sullivan is Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology, Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence, and is a Senior Fellow of MSU’s Office on Outreach and Engagement. Her areas of research expertise include conducting longitudinal, experimental evaluations of community interventions for abused women and their children, improving the community response to gender-based violence, and evaluating victim service programs. Her research has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Justice, and foundations, and her work has impacted research, policy and practice.

In addition to her MSU appointments, Dr. Sullivan is:
Chair, Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board
Senior Research Advisor, National Resource Center on Domestic Violence
Senior Research Advisor, National Center on Domestic Violence, Trauma, and Mental Health
National Research Advisory Board Member, National Latin@ Research Center on Family and Social Change
National Steering Committee Member, National LGBT DV Capacity Building Learning Center
National Expert Advisory Board Member, Full Frame Initiative
National Advisory Board Member, One Love Foundation

In addition to consulting for local, state, federal and international organizations and initiatives, Dr. Sullivan also conducts workshops on effectively advocating in the community for women with abusive partners, and their children; understanding the effects of trauma on women and children over time; improving system responses to the problem of gender-based violence; and evaluating victim service agencies.

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