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Sullivan Cris Sullivan
Professor
Associate Chairperson
Primary Program: Ecological-Community
130 Psychology
(517) 353-8867
sulliv22@msu.edu


Research Statement
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Dr. Sullivan is Professor of Ecological/Community Psychology and Director of the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence at Michigan State University (MSU).  She is also a Senior Fellow of MSU’s Office on Outreach and Engagement. In addition to her MSU appointments, Dr. Sullivan is the Chair of the Michigan Domestic & Sexual Violence Prevention and Treatment Board, and Senior Research Advisor to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence.  Dr. Sullivan’s areas of research expertise include conducting longitudinal, experimental evaluations of community interventions for abused women and their children, improving the community response to gender-based violence, and evaluating victim service programs.  Her research has been continually funded since her career began in 1989 (including grants from the National Institute of Mental Health, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the National Institute of Justice), and her work has impacted research, policy and practice. In addition to consulting for local, state, federal and international organizations and initiatives, Dr. Sullivan also conducts workshops on effectively advocating in the community for women with abusive partners, and their children; understanding the effects of domestic abuse on women and children over time; improving system responses to the problem of gender-based violence; and evaluating victim service agencies.



Current Projects
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For a list of Dr. Sullivan's current projects please go to the website of MSU's Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence: 

http://vaw.msu.edu/people/sullivan



Related Research Websites
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Violence Against Women The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence is a multidisciplinary group of faculty at Michigan State University committed to engaging in community-based, collaborative research and evaluation that is highly rigorous while also having significant practice and policy implications at local, state, national and international levels.
Gender Based Violence The Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence is a multidisciplinary group of faculty at Michigan State University committed to engaging in community-based, collaborative research and evaluation that is highly rigorous while also having significant practice and policy implications at local, state, national and international levels.
The Community Advocacy Project The Community Advocacy Project, an evidence-based program designed to help women survivors of intimate partner abuse re-gain control of their lives. This project, which is strengths-based and survivor-centered, can be incorporated into many domestic violence programs fairly easily and inexpensively. It has been shown to decrease women’s risk of re-abuse, and to increase their quality of life, level of social support, and ability to obtain the community resources they need.
Consortium for Multicultural Psychology Research PI: Dr. Frederick Leong
Our primary mission is to generate and apply psychological science to increase our understanding of multicultural issues in both domestic and international contexts.


Research Publications    
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2014Nnawulezi, N., & Sullivan, C.M. (2014). Oppression within safe spaces: Exploring the presence of racial microaggressions within domestic violence shelters. Journal of Black Psychology, 40(6), 563-591.
2014Greeson, M., Kennedy, A.C., Bybee, D.I., Beeble, M., Adams, A.E., & Sullivan, C.M. (2014). Beyond deficits: Intimate partner violence, maternal parenting, and child behavior over time. American Journal of Community Psychology, 54, 46-58.
2013Allen, N.E., Larsen, S., Trotter, J.L., & Sullivan, C.M. (2013). Exploring the core components of an evidence-based community advocacy program for women with abusive partners. Journal of Community Psychology,41(1), 1-18.
2013Adams, A.E., Bybee, D., Tolman, R.M., Sullivan, C.M., & Kennedy, A.C. (2013). Does job stability mediate the relationship between intimate partner violence and mental health among low-income women? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83(4), 600–608.
2012Rivera, E.A., Zeoli, A., & Sullivan, C.M. (2012). Abused mothers’ safety concerns and court mediators’ custody recommendations. Journal of Family Violence,27, 321-332.
2012Kubiak, S., Nnawulezi, N., Karim, N., Sullivan, C.M., & Beeble, M. (2012). Examining disclosure of physical and sexual victimization by method in samples of women involved in the criminal justice system. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation,51(3), 161-175.
2012Kennedy, A., Adams, A., Bybee, D., Campbell, R., Pimlott Kubiak, S., & Sullivan, C.M. (2012). A model of sexually and physically victimized women’s process of obtaining effective formal help over time: The role of social location, context, and interventions. American Journal of Community Psychology, 50(1), 217-228.
2012Sullivan, C.M. (2012). Examining the work of domestic violence programs within a “social and emotional well-being promotion” conceptual framework. www.dvevidenceproject.org
2012Adams, A.E., Tolman, R.M., Bybee, D., Sullivan, C.M., & Kennedy, A.C. (2012). The impact of intimate partner violence on low-income women's economic well-being: The mediating role of job stability. Violence Against Women, 18, 1345-1367.
2012Rivera, E.A., Sullivan, C.M., & Zeoli, A. (2012). Secondary victimization of abused mothers by family court mediators. Feminist Criminology, 7(3), 234-252.