Cris Sullivan CV


PhD, Ecological Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1988
MA, Ecological Community Psychology, Michigan State University, 1985
BA, Psychology, Michigan State University, 1982

Research Statement

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 MSUs 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. Sullivans 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.

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Selected Publications

  • Nnawulezi, N., & Sullivan, C.M.
    Oppression within safe spaces: Exploring the presence of racial microaggressions within domestic violence shelters
    2014, Journal of Black Psychology, 40:563-591
  • Greeson, M., Kennedy, A.C., Bybee, D.I., Beeble, M., Adams, A.E., & Sullivan, C.M.
    Beyond deficits: Intimate partner violence, maternal parenting, and child behavior over time
    2014, American Journal of Community Psychology, 54:46-58
  • Allen, N.E., Larsen, S., Trotter, J.L., & Sullivan, C.M.
    Exploring the core components of an evidence-based community advocacy program for women with abusive partners
    2013, Journal of Community Psychology, 41:1-18
  • Adams, A.E., Bybee, D., Tolman, R.M., Sullivan, C.M., & Kennedy, A.C.
    Does job stability mediate the relationship between intimate partner violence and mental health among low-income women?
    2013, American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 83:600-608
  • Rivera, E.A., Zeoli, A., & Sullivan, C.M.
    Abused mothers’ safety concerns and court mediators’ custody recommendations
    2012, Journal of Family Violence, 27:321-332
  • Kubiak, S., Nnawulezi, N., Karim, N., Sullivan, C.M., & Beeble, M.
    Examining disclosure of physical and sexual victimization by method in samples of women involved in the criminal justice system
    2012, Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 51:161-175
  • Kennedy, A., Adams, A., Bybee, D., Campbell, R., Pimlott Kubiak, S., & Sullivan, C.M.
    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
    2012, American Journal of Community Psychology, 50:217-228
  • Sullivan, C.M.
    Examining the work of domestic violence programs within a “social and emotional well-being promotion” conceptual framework
  • Adams, A.E., Tolman, R.M., Bybee, D., Sullivan, C.M., & Kennedy, A.C.
    The impact of intimate partner violence on low-income women's economic well-being: The mediating role of job stability
    2012, Violence Against Women, 18:1345-1367
  • Rivera, E.A., Sullivan, C.M., & Zeoli, A.
    Secondary victimization of abused mothers by family court mediators
    2012, Feminist Criminology, 7:234-252
  • Sullivan, C.M.
    Evaluating domestic violence support service programs: Waste of time, necessary evil, or opportunity for growth?
    2011, Journal of Aggression and Violent Behavior, 16:354-360
  • Teitelman, A.M., Ratcliffe, S.J., McDonald, C., Brawner, B., & Sullivan, C.M.
    Relationships between physical and non-physical forms of intimate partner violence and depression among urban minority adolescent females
    2011, Child and Adolescent Mental Health, 16:92-100
  • Beeble, M.A., Sullivan, C.M., & Bybee, D.
    The impact of neighborhood factors on the well-being of survivors of intimate partner violence over time
    2011, American Journal of Community Psychology, 47:287-306
  • Kubiak, S., Sullivan, C.M., Fries, L., Nnawulezi, N., & Fedock, G.
    Best practice toolkit for working with domestic violence survivors with criminal histories
    2011, Okemos, MI: Michigan Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
  • Kennedy, A.C., Bybee, D., Sullivan, C.M., & Greeson, M.
    The impact of family and community violence on children’s depression trajectories: Examining the interactions of violence exposure, family social support, and gender
    2010, Journal of Family Psychology, 24:197-207
  • Beeble, M.A., Bybee, D., & Sullivan, C.M.
    The impact of resource constraints on the psychological well-being of survivors of intimate partner violence over time
    2010, Journal of Community Psychology, 38:943-959
  • Beeble, M. L., Bybee, D., & Sullivan, C. M.
    Main, mediating and moderating effects of socal support on the well-being of survivors of intimate partner violence across two years
    2009, Journal of Consulting and Clinical Psychology,, 77:718-729
  • Deacon, Z., & Sullivan, C.M.
    Responding to the complex and gendered needs of refugee women
    2009, Journal of Women and Social Work, 24:272-284
  • Belknap, J., Melton, H.C., Denney, J.T., Fleury-Steiner, R.E., & Sullivan, C.M.
    The levels and roles of social and institutional support reported by survivors of intimate partner violence
    2009, Feminist Criminology, 4:377-402
  • Kennedy, A.C., Bybee, D., Sullivan, C.M., & Greeson, M.
    The effects of community and family violence exposure on anxiety trajectories during middle childhood: The role of family social support as a moderator
    2009, Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology, 38:365-379
  • Deacon, Z., & Sullivan, C.M.
    An ecological examination of rural Mozambican women’s attainment of post-war well-being
    2009, Journal of Community Psychology, 38:115-130
  • Sullivan, C.M., Baptista, I., O’Halloran, S., Okroj, L., Morton, S., & Stewart, C.,
    Evaluating the effectiveness of women’s refuges: A multi-country approach to model development
    2008, International Journal of Comparative and Applied Criminal Justice, 32:291-308
  • Adams, A. E., Sullivan, C. M., Bybee, D., & Greeson, M.
    Development of the Scale of Economic Abuse
    2008, Violence Against Women, 14:563-588
  • Johnson, S.P., & Sullivan, C.M.
    How child protection workers support or further victimize battered mothers
    2008, Journal of Women and Social Work, 23:242-258
  • Teitelman, A.M., Ratcliffe, S.J., Dichter, M., Sullivan, C.M., & Holtman, M.
    Recent and past intimate partner violence and HIV risk among young women
    2008, Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, and Neonatal Nursing, 37:219-227
  • Beeble, M. L., Post, L. A., Bybee, D., Sullivan, C. M.
    Factors predicting willingness to help survivors of intimate partner abuse
    2008, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 23:1713-1729
  • Beeble, M., Bybee, D., & Sullivan, C.M
    Abusive men’s use of children to control their partners and ex-partners
    2007, European Psychologist, 12:54-61
  • Fleury-Steiner, R.E., Bybee, D., Sullivan, C.M., Belknap, J., & Melton, H.C.
    Contextual factors impacting battered women’s intentions to re-use the criminal legal system
    2006, Journal of Community Psychology, 34:327-342
  • Theran, S., Sutherland, C.A., Sullivan, C.M., & Bogat, G.A.
    Abusive partners versus ex-partners: Understanding the effects of relationship to the abuser on women’s well-being and social support
    2006, Violence Against Women, 12:950-969
  • Anderson, D.K., Saunders, D.G, Yoshihama, M., Bybee, D.I., & Sullivan, C.M.
    Long-term trends in depression among women separated from abusive partners
    2003, Violence Against Women, 9:807-838
  • Bybee, D.I., & Sullivan, C.M.
    The process through which a strengths-based intervention resulted in positive change for battered women over time
    2002, American Journal of Community Psychology, 30:103-132
  • Sutherland, C.A., Bybee, D.I., & Sullivan, C.
    Beyond bruises and broken bones: The joint effects of stress and injuries on battered women’s health
    2002, American Journal of Community Psychology, 30:609-636
  • Sutherland, C.A., Bybee, D.I., & Sullivan, C.
    Beyond bruises and broken bones: The joint effects of stress and injuries on battered women’s health
    2002, American Journal of Community Psychology, 30:609-636
  • Sullivan, C.M., Nguyen, H., Allen, N., Bybee, D., & Juras, J.
    Beyond searching for deficits: Evidence that physically and emotionally abused women are nurturing parents
    2001, Journal of Emotional Abuse, 3:51-71
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