People

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.


 

Faculty

Staff

Affiliate Faculty


Undergraduate Research Assistants & Interns

Alyssa Antman
Alyssa Antman
Sharon B Murphy Scholar

 

Alyssa Antman is a senior at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Social Work. As student chair on the Social Work Diversity Committee and research assistant for a HRSA workforce development grant, Alyssa is dedicating her time to social justice and advocacy work. This past summer she worked with the New Hampshire Community Loan Fund (NHCLF)/ROC NH to help fight housing injustice throughout the state of New Hampshire. Alyssa is the 2018 Sharon B. Murphy Scholarship recipient and will work with PIRC to develop preventive methods in the fields of domestic and sexual violence. She is excited to bring her experience and passion to this field and hopes to continue this work after finishing her undergraduate education through a master’s degree. 


Sierra Garbin
Sierra Garbin
PIRC Graphic Design Intern

 

Sierra Garbin is a student at Great Bay Community College, very close to graduating with her Associates in multimedia design. With a passion for social justice and design alike, she has taken the opportunity to work with PIRC as they develop this year’s marketing strategies and materials. Sierra is excited to learn more about design and its relation to customer and business desires. Her passion lies in the arts and she is very excited to make it part of my career. Other passions of hers include nature and hiking, spinning poi, seeing live music and podcasts, and food.


Courtney Gurnon
Courtney Gurnon
PIRC Research Intern

 

Courtney Gurnon is a senior at the University of New Hampshire majoring in Human Development & Family Studies with a minor in Women’s Studies, Courtney Gurnon in .  Having grown up in Mansfield, Massachusetts with her two younger brothers, spending many summers working at the recreation summer camp, Courtney has developed a true love of working alongside children and their families.  In addition, Courtney enjoys spending time with family & friends, looks for adventures found in the outdoors, hiking, camping, kayaking and hammocking. 


Jane Kayarian
PIRC Research Intern

 

Jane Kayarian is a junior at the University of New Hampshire working toward earning her Bachelor's Degrees in Social Work and Women’s Studies. She is an active member in her community, extracurriculars, and academics. Jane is a second year member of the UNH Sailing team, competing in her free time throughout New England. She also has an interest in global and environmental health and has worked with the UNH Divestment club and 350 NH. Jane is also involved with the #Fight4HER campaign based out of Washington D.C., with Population Connection; an education and family planning based group that supports the right to global reproductive health care and family planning through campaigns and initiatives. Jane is hoping to graduate with her BSW, go to graduate school for her MSW, and then study law and policy to better improve health and human services avenues of education, prevention, and access to basic health care. 


Luke Sheldon
Luke Sheldon
PIRC Research Intern

 

Luke Sheldon is a senior at the University of New Hampshire working towards his Bachelor's in Psychology with a minor in economics. He is working to implement and evaluate uSafeUS on New Hampshire college campuses. Luke is interested in marketing, sales, business, and clinical research. Outside of work, Luke enjoys hiking, mountain biking, kayaking, fishing, and spending time with friends and family.

 


Michaela Vivian
PIRC Research Intern

 

Michaela Vivian is a senior at the University of New Hampshire, majoring in Psychology with a minor in both Nutrition and Business Administration. She is very involved on campus as a member of Alpha Phi Omega, a co-ed fraternity as well as the sorority Phi Sigma Sigma. Michaela has always had passion for helping people whether it be tutoring her friends in class or going down to the Dominican Republic to help build a school for a local village. She is currently working with the PIRC team to market as well as collect data on the new uSafeUS app across New Hampshire.