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Sherry Hamby

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Sherry Hamby, Ph.D. (she/her) is a Distinguished Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South and Director of the Life Paths Research Center. She is also Founder and Co-chair of ResilienceCon. Dr. Hamby is an internationally recognized authority on victimization and trauma who is best known for her work in poly-victimization, resilience, and violence measurement.  A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hamby has worked for more than 25 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 200 articles and books. An influential researcher, she has been ranked in the top 1% among more than 6 million researchers in 22 disciplines based on citations to her work. Her awards include Outstanding Contributions to the Science of Trauma Psychology from the American Psychological Association (APA). 

Dr. Hamby’s work has appeared in the New York Times, Huffington Post, CBS News, Psychology Today, and hundreds of other media outlets. Her next book, with Victoria Banyard, is Strengths-Based Prevention: Reducing Violence & Other Public Health Problems (forthcoming, APA Books, November 2021). To contact her via e-mail: