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Rufaro Chitiyo

A Black woman with natural hair in a high ponytail smiling and wearing a black blazer and blouse.

Rufaro Chitiyo (she/her/hers) graduated from Tennessee Technological University with a Ph.D. in Exceptional Learning with a specialization in Young Children and Families. She is currently an assistant professor of child development, middle childhood development, adolescent development, family violence across the lifespan, research methods, and intercultural competence in the School of Human Ecology at Tennessee Technological University. Her research areas of interest include child abuse and neglect and other types of family violence that affect young children. She is also interested in how individuals bounce back from adversity self-care, and cultivating positive relationships.