Meet the Chairs
David Finkelhor, Ph.D. is Director of Crimes against Children Research Center, Co-Director of the Family Research Laboratory, Professor of Sociology, and University Professor, at the University of New Hampshire. His core fields of interest have been the problems of child victimization, child maltreatment and family violence, which he started to study back in 1977. He is perhaps best known for his conceptual and empirical work on the problem of child sexual abuse, reflected in publications such as Sourcebook on Child Sexual Abuse (Sage, 1986) and Nursery Crimes (Sage, 1988). He has done extensive research about child homicide, missing and abducted children, children exposed to domestic and peer abuse. In his recent work, for example, his book, Child Victimization (Oxford University Press, 2008), he has tried to unify and integrate knowledge about all the diverse forms of child victimization in a field he has termed Developmental Victimology. This book received the Daniel Schneider Child Welfare Book of the Year award in 2009. All together he is editor and author of 12 books and over 200 journal articles and book chapters. He has received grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, the National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect, and the US Department of Justice, and a variety of other sources. In 1994, he was given the Distinguished Child Abuse Professional Award by the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children, in 2004 he was given the Significant Achievement Award from the Association for the Treatment of Sexual Abusers, in 2005 he and his colleagues received the Child Maltreatment Article of the Year award, in 2007 he was elected as a Fellow of the American Society of Criminology, and in 2014 he was awarded the National Scientific Impact Award from the Kempe Center for the prevention and treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect.
Sherry Hamby, Ph.D. is Director of the Appalachian Center for Resilience Research and Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South. She is also founding editor of the APA journal Psychology of Violence. A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hamby has worked for more than 20 years on the problem of violence, including front-line crisis intervention and treatment, involvement in grassroots organizations, and research leading to the publication of more than 150 articles and books. She is currently Principal Investigator on grants focusing on poly-victimization, resilience, and the shift in victimization from the "real" to the online world. She has served on the advisory boards of numerous agencies, including the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Control & Prevention and the National Latino Network, among other honors. Dr. Hamby’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, the Los Angeles Times, Psychology Today, and hundreds of other media outlets. Her most recent book is Battered Women's Protective Strategies: Stronger Than You Know (Oxford University Press, 2014).