The Prevention Innovations leadership team directs the unit’s initiatives and projects and is made up of researchers and practitioners with expertise in violence prevention, research, evaluation and direct services fields. We work nationally and internationally with colleges and universities, local, state and national organizations, and the U.S. military. Our funding includes current and previous support from: the U.S. Office of Victims of Crime, the Office of Violence Against Women, the Family Violence Prevention Fund, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the National Institute of Justice, the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence and the New Hampshire Department of Justice.
Emma Bonnaci is a junior Women & Gender Studies major, with minors in Art and Education. She spent the Spring of 2020 interning at PIRC where she helped the uSafeUS team disseminate outreach materials throughout the UNH campus. Emma will be returning to PIRC in the Fall of 2020 as the Sharon Murphy scholar.
I’m looking forward to joining the PIRC team and can’t wait to get more involved. Ending sexual and relationship violence and stalking is extremely important to me as well as educating others about the issue.
Julia Bobeck is a senior undergraduate student studying Communication: Business Applications and Art at UNH. Since September of 2019, Julia has worked as a communications intern at Prevention Innovations Research Center. Throughout both semesters, she contributed to uSafeUS website launch preparation, various
Allie Cross is a senior Psychology and Justice Studies dual major at UNH. At Prevention Innovations Research Center, she works on the uSafeHS project. This semester, she has been entering data and analyzing high school students’ perceptions of healthy relationships for the Undergraduate Research Conference (URC). She is working with PIRC research intern, Mari Tarantino to examine how much time high school students spend on their phones and how phone time impacts their perceptions on healthy relationships. Outside of the URC, Allie is also helping PIRC apply for grants, finding articles that analyze the efficacy of sexual violence prevention programs, and assisting in presentation preparation for webinars.
Mari Tarantino is a senior at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Human Development and Family Studies. She is also working towards two minors in Queer Studies and Interdisciplinary Health. Upon graduation, she hopes to continue her education by pursuing a graduate degree in Human Development and Family Studies. Outside of the classroom, Mari is a DJ at UNH's student-run radio station WUNH Durham and also spends time each week working with middle school students in Seabrook, New Hampshire. She enjoys playing guitar, watching movies, and traveling. Mari is excited to combine her interests of social justice and research as an intern this Spring at PIRC.