Victoria Banyard is a professor in the Department of Psychology. She received her PhD in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan with a certificate in Women's Studies. She completed an NIMH research postdoctoral fellowship with the Family Research Laboratory here at UNH and postdoctoral clinical training at the Trauma Center in Boston. She teaches courses in community psychology, interpersonal violence, and service learning courses such as internship.
Her research has focused on understanding the strengths and challenges of women facing stresses such as poverty and family violence. She has documented the negative mental health effects of such circumstances as well as the resilience that trauma survivors and others experiencing overwhelming stressors evidence. Most recently, together with several UNH colleages in Women's Studies and Sociology, she has begun a program of research on innovative approaches to interpersonal violence prevention.
University Dialogue contribution: Welfare Queens or Courageous Survivors? Strengths of Women in Poverty