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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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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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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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