Projects & Collaborations

Prevention Innovations Research Center, University of New Hampshire invites you to participate in Real Conversations, a series of virtual dialogues between researchers and professionals working in the field about issues related to gender-based violence. Each session will start with an idea that matters to a PIRC Fellow, followed by a discussion facilitated by a practitioner about its applications. The discussion will focus on real-world implications of the ideas in the presentation as well an exchange of questions and ideas with participants.

People Involved in Real Conversations (PIRC): Connecting Research and Practice to Prevent Gender-Based Violence

June 9, 16, 23 and 30, 2020,  11-11:30 a.m PST | 2-2:30 p.m. EST 

Will take place via Zoom


June 9, 2020, 11 – 11:30 a.m. PST | 2 – 2:30 p.m. EST

Using the Social Norms Approach to Enhance Bystander Intervention

Bystander intervention programs can be strengthened by adding a norms-correction component

Bystanders who want to intervene are often influenced by their perceptions of others involved in the situation, including not knowing if they are concerned or if they would respect and support someone who takes action.  Extensive research has documented that bystanders typically underestimate other’s concern, respect and support for intervention, which serves in turn to inhibit them from taking action.  Correction of these misperceptions can  thus help to remove one of the primary barriers to bystander intervention. Programs that promote bystander intervention can therefore be strengthened by adding a norms-correction component.>


Alan Berkowitz is an independent consultant who helps colleges, universities, public health agencies, military organizations, and communities design programs that address health and social justice issues. His expert opinion is frequently sought after by the federal government, the United States military, and professional organizations and he is well-known for scholarship and innovative programs which address issues of substance abuse, sexual assault, gender, and diversity. He is the Editor and founder of The Report on Social Norms and is a highly regarded, award-winning speaker and trainer. Alan has over 25 years of experience in higher education as a trainer, psychologist, faculty member, and Counseling Center Director. At Hobart and William Smith Colleges he developed one of the first rape prevention programs for men in the United States, was co-director of the college's highly regarded Men and Masculinity Program and chaired the Prejudice Reduction Task Force. Recently, he has been a central figure in the development of Social Norms Theory, is a leader in research and implementation of the model, and has been a consultant for a number of highly successful social norms programs.

Nancy Wahlig, MSW, LCSW, is Director of CARE at the Sexual Assault Resource Center (CARE@SARC) at the University of California, San Diego. We envision a world free of violence. To that end, through policy development and campus wide collaborations, CARE@SARC is dedicated to creating a safe and respectful community that does not tolerate sexual assault, relationship violence, or stalking. All prevention efforts (in-person, social media, print) incorporate the P.I.E. philosophy, which is Positive, Inclusive and Empowering. We provide support services to members of the campus community, including safety planning, counseling, reporting options and accompaniment throughout criminal and administrative processes.

June 16, 2020, 11 – 11:30 a.m. PST | 2 – 2:30 p.m. EST  

Intergenerational Stories and Experience of Rescue During Genocide

Emerging Issue from Research: Bystander intervention can be taught by parents and grandparents and result in serious positive change.

Nicole Fox, PhD is an assistant professor at California State University, Sacramento in the Criminal Justice Division. Her research focuses on how racial and ethnic contention impacts communities, including the ways remembrances of adversity shape the dynamics of social change. In her current work, Nicole focuses on how post-genocide communities remember violence, and gender violence more specifically, through the creation of national collective memories embodied in memorials and monuments. Her book, Rebuilding from the Ashes of a Traumatic Past: The Everyday Complexities of Memory and Reconciliation Among Rwandan Genocide Survivors, is currently under contract with University of Wisconsin Press. Her work has been published in Social Forces, Journal for Scientific Study of Religion, Societies without Borders, the International Journal of Sociology of the Family, and Sociological Forum. Her scholarship on post-genocide Rwanda has been funded by the Harry Frank Guggenheim Foundation, National Science Foundation, The Research Circle on Democracy and Cultural Pluralism, TAG Institute for Jewish Values, Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, Society for the Scientific Study of Religion, Maurice J. among others. At CSUS, Nicole teaches on crime, punishment, and global criminology. She also leads a study abroad in Ghana on Comparative Criminal Justice Systems. She also serves as a representative for the UN ECOSOC council and participants in the annual UN Commission for the Status of Women

June 23, 2020, 11 – 11:30 a.m. PST | 2 – 2:30 p.m. EST

There are no simple answers: Responding to the complexity and diversity of those who harm

Not all students who cause sexual harm are the same.  

Joan Tabachnick has developed educational materials and innovative sexual violence prevention programs for national, state and local organizations over 25 years. Her primary focus is on preventing the perpetration of sexually harmful behaviors, particularly in adolescents and young adults. Joan has her own consulting practice and is currently a fellow with the Department of Justice, SMART Office focusing on preventing campus sexual misconduct and over her career, the author of numerous articles and book chapters. Visit for more information.

Rachel King serves as the Title IX Coordinator at Curry College in Massachusetts, prior to which she was the Associate Dean of Students, a position she held at the University of Northern Colorado as well. Rachel brings passion to her work in conflict resolution and crisis management, having served as chair of her institutions’ behavioral intervention teams for eight years. She has extensive experience facilitating restorative justice conferences in community and school-based programs and provides trainings nationally on the use of restorative approaches to cases of gender-based violence.

June 30, 2020, 11 – 11:30 a.m. PST | 2 – 2:30 p.m. EST 

Centering LGBTQ+ Students in Addressing Alcohol’s Role in Campus Sexual Assault

Prevention programs should center LGBTQ+ students as they work to address alcohol's role in campus sexual assault. 

LB Klein, MSW, MPA is a PhD candidate, injury and violence prevention fellow, and adjunct faculty member in the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work where her research focuses on addressing gender-based violence and advancing social justice. She has served as a consultant for organizations and coalitions nationally and internationally through Prevention Innovations Research Center at the University of New Hampshire, Soteria Solutions, and her consulting partnership, Catalytical Consulting LLC.

Rachel Stewart, Ed.M is the Director of Sexual Violence Prevention & Advocacy at Connecticut College. She has also served as the Interpersonal Violence Prevention Coordinator at Bucknell University and the Graduate Assistant for Student Leadership Development at the Harvard College Office of BGLTQ Student Life. As an undergraduate student at University of Connecticut, she co-founded what is now a national, multi-chapter student organization, Revolution Against Rape. Rachel is the communications co-chair for the Campus Advocacy and Prevention Professional Associations.

What We Do & Collaborations

Our projects and collaborations are centered around the goal of eliminating sexual and relationship violence and stalking across the globe. We accomplish this goal through research, evaluation, community partnerships, and technical assistance.

Summary of PIRC’s collaborations

Our aim is to help postsecondary institutions, federal, state, and local communities develop and implement model policies, procedures, and programs on issues relating to violence against women on campus.

  • Consultations
  • Technical Assistance
  • Research including needs assessment & program evaluation
  • Workshop Presentations

Prevention Innovations' clients include colleges, universities, local governmental agencies, and not-for-profit organizations. Our projects are or have been funded by the University of New Hampshire, the New Hampshire Department of Justice, and the United States Department of Justice through both its National Institute of Justice and Office on Violence Against Women. Prevention Innovations is available to assist other postsecondary institutions, federal, state and local communities, and organizations with research and programs that will reduce violence against women. We bridge rigorous scholarly research with applications in the community. Our work is informed by ongoing collaboration with the Sexual Harassment and Rape Prevention Program at the University of New Hampshire and the New Hampshire Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence.

Research Projects

View a list of PIRC peer-reviewed publications and white papers to gain a better understanding of our research.

Research Projects


View a list of current and former PIRC collaborations with local, state, national, and international partners.