Jennifer Demers

PIRC Faculty Fellow
Jennifer Demers

Jennifer Demers, Ph.D., is a post-doctorate working at PIRC this summer on a variety of projects, including the evaluation of a video game designed to teach effective bystander intervention strategies. She first joined PIRC in the summer of 2014 as a project manager on a research project for the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault, and returned the following summer to assist with a community needs assessment for rape crisis centers across the state of New Hampshire. As a graduate student, Jennifer was a research assistant in the Violence Response and Resilience Lab led by Dr. Victoria Banyard, taught several semesters of Introductory and Social Psychology, and was the 2016-2017 Vice-President of the New Hampshire Psychological Association Student Board. This spring, Jennifer received her Ph.D. in social psychology and a cognate in college teaching from the University of New Hampshire. Jennifer will be joining the faculty at Wichita State University as a tenure-track Assistant Professor of Community Psychology and establishing her own research lab this fall.  Her research will continue to focus on interpersonal violence in college communities, with an aim to inform new prevention methods and improved response services for victims. She is especially interested in the use of social media communities, collective action, and new technologies to facilitate these goals.