Jennifer Demers

Assistant Professor of Psychology – Wichita State University
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Jennifer Demers, PhD, is an Assistant Professor of Psychology at Wichita State University where she teaches courses in the Community Psychology Doctoral Program, including the Seminar in Community-Clinical Psychology, Social Policy & Community Advocacy, Social-Developmental Seminar, and Community Practicum. Dr. Demers is the Director of the Social Action, Violence, & Inequities (SAVI) Lab, which conducts empirical research that aims to inform new prevention methods and improved response services for victims of interpersonal violence. She has a particular interest in investigating how social media communities, collective actions, and new technologies might facilitate these goals. Dr. Demers earned a Ph.D. in Social Psychology from the University of New Hampshire in 2018 and received a B.A. in Psychology from Mount Holyoke College in Massachusetts in 2005. She serves on the Board of Directors for the Kansas Coalition Against Sexual & Domestic Violence and is currently a Faculty Fellow at the Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. 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. Since then, she has collaborated with PIRC on a variety of research projects, including a community needs assessment for rape crisis centers across the state of New Hampshire. Her scholarship has been published in the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Journal of American College Health, and Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, among others.