About

Curriculum Vitae

I am an Assistant Professor in the Wayne State University (WSU) Department of Psychology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI). I am also on the Board of Directors and the Chair of the Research Advisory Committee of the Center for Institutional Courage, non-profit organization dedicated to transforming institutional approaches and responses to abuse, harassment, violence, and inequality. I am also a Senior Researcher in Dr. Margaret Hicken’s University of Michigan Transdisciplinary Approaches to the Study of Racism & Health Inequalities (RacismLab). Lastly, I am a Board Member and Cultural Liaison in the Metro Detroit Association of Black Psychologists (ABPsi)

I earned my Ph.D. in psychology from University of Oregon in 2017. I completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the WSU Postdoctoral to Faculty Transition Fellowship (PFT) Program at MPSI in 2019.

I am a MCUAAAR Research Scientist (2020-21), Ford Fellow (Dissertation, 2015-16; Postdoctoral, 2018-19), National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow (2019), co-editor of the special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation—[JTDSelf Injury & Suicidality: The Impact of Trauma & Dissociation (2015), and lead co-editor of the upcoming special issue of JTDDiscrimination, Violence, & Healing in Marginalized Communities. I am additionally on the Editorial Boards of JTD and Journal of Clinical & Child Adolescent Psychology.

I aim for my research (detailed below and in the Cultural Betrayal Trauma Theory section) to have an impact both within and outside of academia. Consequently, I have published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly writings, and pieces for the general public publics in outlets including in: {journals} Sex Roles: A Journal of Research, Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, Violence Against Women, Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, Journal of American College Health, Journal of Black Psychology, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, Journal of Immigrant & Minority Health, Transcultural Psychiatry, and others; {books} Handbook of Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan, Macmillan Encyclopedia of Intimate and Family Relationships: An Interdisciplinary Approach, Trayvon Martin, Race, and American Justice: Writing Wrong, Presumed Incompetent II: Race, Class, Power, & Resistance of Women in Academia, and others; {newspapers/magazines} Inside Higher Ed, The Conversation, The Hill, Blavity, and others. I have additionally contributed research perspectives on violence, sexual abuse & harassment, racism, and sexism in national news outlets, including in The Lily, a product of Washington Post, NBC News, Huff Post, Newsweek, Forbes, and others. Finally, I have given over 100 research presentations locally, nationally, and internationally at conferences, other universities, and community organizations, including the United Nations (UN) Commission on Narcotic Drugs (CND) Side Events, Stanford University, University of Michigan, University of Toronto, ISSTD, BBC Woman’s Hour, Motor City Singers Space, Detroit Public Schools via Michigan Opera Theatre, and more.

Prior to attending college, I was a professional ballet dancer with Dance Theatre of Harlem

My research focuses on the effects of interpersonal trauma (e.g., physical, sexual, and emotional abuse) in diverse populations. In proposing cultural betrayal trauma theory, I include interpersonal trauma in conjunction with discrimination to examine mental, physical, behavioral, and cultural health outcomes. 

For example, in cultural betrayal trauma theory, I propose that if a Black girl is sexually assaulted by a Black man, the outcomes of this trauma, such as PTSD, are impacted by both the victim and perpetrator experiencing discrimination in society. 

With cultural betrayal trauma theory, I examine the differential impact of inequality for marginalized youth, young adults, and elders who experience trauma. With this research, I hope to both document harm and identify avenues of hope and healing for youth, families, communities, institutions, and society.

With over 633,000 readers as of February 2021, my short article on cultural betrayal trauma theory from The ConversationThe Unique Harm of Sexual Abuse in the Black Community

Resources

Email: jennifer.gomez@wayne.edu 
Twitter: @JenniferMGmez1