Sherry Hamby is Research Professor of Psychology and Director of Life Paths Research Program at the University of the South. She is also founding editor of the American Psychological Association journal Psychology of Violence.
A licensed clinical psychologist, she has worked for more than 20 years on the problem of violence, including front-line crisis intervention for domestic and other violence, involvement in grassroots domestic violence organizations, therapy with trauma survivors, and research on many forms of violence. She is co-investigator on the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which is the U.S.’s primary surveillance of youth victimization and the first national effort to measure crimes against children under 12 that are not reported to authorities.
She conducted the first reservation-based study of domestic violence among American Indians and collaborated on Sortir Ensemble et Se Respecter, the first Swiss dating violence prevention program. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and was selected in 2013 as a “Woman Making an Impact on Children’s Exposure to Violence” by the Safe Start National Resource Center, among other recognitions.
She is author or co-author of more than 100 works including The Web of Violence: Exploring Connections among Different Forms of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse and The Conflict Tactics Scales Handbook. Dr. Hamby completed her education at the College of William & Mary (B.S., M.A.) and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology). She lives in Tennessee with her husband and two children.
Dr. Hamby’s research has appeared in the “New York Times,” the “Huffington Post,” the “Christian Science Monitor,” “The Atlantic.com” and hundreds of other media outlets. She also has a blog on Psychology Today.
Department of Psychology
Sewanee, the University of the South
Sewanee, TN 37375
Phone: (931) 598-1476