Core Planning Committee

Elizabeth A. Armstrong

Elizabeth A. Armstrong is a sociologist with research interests in the areas of sexuality, gender, culture, organizations, social movements, and higher education. Professor Armstrong joined the Department of Sociology and the Organizational Studies Program at the University of Michigan in 2009. Before that, she held a faculty appointment in the Department of Sociology at Indiana University. She was a fellow at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University and a recipient of a National Academy of Education/Spencer Postdoctoral Fellowship. She earned her M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in Sociology at the University of California-Berkeley and a B.A. in Sociology and Computer Science from UM.

Nadia Bazzy

Nadia Bazzy MA, LLMFT serves as Director of Multi-Ethnic Student Affairs at the University of Michigan. She previously served as the Interim Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) and Assistant Director at the Office of Student Conflict Resolution (OSCR) at the University of Michigan, with primary responsibility for OSCR’s role in the University of Michigan Policy & Procedures on Student Sexual & Gender-Based Misconduct & Other Forms of Interpersonal Violence. Nadia’s areas of specialty include:  peacebuilding, restorative justice, and trauma healing. She received her post graduate education from Oakland University in Couple and Family Counseling and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist with a private practice. Nadia also holds a M.A. in Conflict Transformation and Peacebuilding from Eastern Mennonite University with a concentration in psycho-social recovery. Nadia has lectured and consulted nationally for over 15 years on various topics including conflict, peacebuilding, reconciliation, and relationships.

Nicole Bedera

Nicole Bedera is a graduate student in the Sociology Department at the University of Michigan. Her research interests include sexual violence and masculinity, with her recent work focusing on queer women’s experiences with college sexual violence and men’s responses to affirmative consent policies. Her dissertation will explore college student experiences with sexual misconduct adjudication. Nicole has also worked as a victim advocate and coordinated sexual violence prevention initiatives for college students.

Bethany Buschmann

Bethany Buschmann is the Outreach Coordinator at the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, a comprehensive CDC-funded Injury Control Research Center that conducts and translates injury research into practice and policy to reduce the burden of injuries across the U.S. Ms. Buschmann holds a Masters of Public Health in Health Behavior and Health Education from the University of Michigan School of Public Health. She has planned and executed numerous Center events, ranging from national conferences to lunchtime and distinguished faculty seminars. Ms. Buschmann oversees all aspects of the Outreach Core activities including creation of materials, dissemination of information, social media and website management, and partnership development locally, regionally, and nationally.

Erin Bonar

Erin Bonar is an Assistant Professor in the Addiction Center, the Sexual Violence Content Area Lead for the University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center, and the Director of Clinical Programs at the University of Michigan Addiction Treatment Services. She is a licensed clinical psychologist who studies substance use behaviors among adolescents and emerging adults with an emphasis on preventing negative health and psychological outcomes. She is particularly interested how alcohol and other drug use influence risk for sexual violence perpetration and victimization.

Lilia Cortina

Lilia Cortina is Professor of Psychology and Women’s Studies at the University of Michigan. As a researcher of hostile work experiences, she investigates the many ways in which people are subordinated, violated, and relegated to the margins of organizational life. These interpersonal indignities range from subtle social slights to general incivility to blatant harassment and violence. Professor Cortina’s scholarship spans the full spectrum, with a particular focus on the sexual harassment of working women. In addition, she occasionally serves as an expert witness in forensic venues, for example testifying on sexual harassment and assault to the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, the National Academies of Sciences, Engineering, and Medicine, and the Department of Defense. In recognition of unusual and outstanding contributions to the field, Professor Cortina has been named Fellow of the American Psychological Association and the Society for Industrial/Organizational Psychology.

Anne Huhman

Anne Huhman, MSW is the Associate Director of the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC).  She oversees all of the unit’s prevention education, student leadership development and training, community outreach, and systems advocacy efforts. She manages the day-to-day operations of the office and provides some direct care for survivors in-person and via the SAPAC 24-hour crisis line.  She serves on a number of University committees, including the Gender Based Violence Engaged Learning Group and the Student Sexual Misconduct Policy Training Team.  She also plays a leadership role with the Community Matters program in Student Life, which engage incoming students in skill-building opportunities to create healthy, respectful, and inclusive communities at the University of Michigan and beyond. Anne earned her Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Wisconsin-Madison, majoring in Journalism and Strategic Communication.  She completed her Master’s degree in Social Work from the University of Michigan with a concentration in Community Organizing.

Timothy Johnson

Dr. Timothy R.B. Johnson joined the faculty of the University of Michigan in 1993 as the Bates Professor of the Diseases of Women and Children and Chair of Obstetrics and Gynecology. He is also Arthur F. Thurnau Professor, Professor of Women’s Studies, and Research Professor in the Center for Human Growth and Development. His education and training have been at the University of Michigan, University of Virginia and Johns Hopkins. He is Fellow of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG) and Fellow of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine. He is active in international teaching and training especially in Ghana, Africa and is an honorary fellow of the West African College of Surgeons, honorary fellow of the Ghana College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Fellow ad eundem of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (London). In 2005, Dr. Johnson was awarded the Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor of ACOG. He is Past President of the Association of Professors of Gynecology and Obstetrics and Editor of the International Journal of Gynecology and Obstetrics.

Yasamin Kusonoki

Yasamin Kusunoki is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Systems, Populations and Leadership at the School of Nursing and a Faculty Associate at the Population Studies Center (PSC) and Social Research Center (SRC) at the Institute for Social Research. She received her Ph.D. in Public Health from the University of California, Los Angeles, with additional training in social demography and sociology. Dr. Kusunoki’s research focuses on understanding sources of gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in reproductive health behaviors and outcomes during adolescence and emerging adulthood, particularly the role of young people’s social contexts such as their intimate relationships, families, neighborhoods, and schools. Current research projects include the influence of the multiple dynamic social contexts on young women’s risk of unintended pregnancy, the correlates and consequences of intimate partner violence (IPV), the trajectories of sexual violence (SV) victimization and perpetration among adolescents in middle and high school, and the attitudes and behaviors related to SV perpetration among emerging adults. She is also conducting translational research funded by the Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research (MICHR), the Injury Prevention Center, and PSC on the IPV and reproductive coercion (RC) experiences of young women seeking services in reproductive health clinic settings to inform the development of an intervention aimed at reducing IPV and RC.

Miriam Gleckman-Krut

Miriam Gleckman-Krut is a Sociology PhD candidate at the University of Michigan. She is interested in why institutions fail to prevent sexual violence. She offers a sociological lens to sexual violence prevention (e.g. what community or institutional factors contribute to the issue’s longstanding prevalence?), and joins efforts to define a new sociological subfield in sexual violence.

Lisa Young Larance

Lisa Young Larance, MSW, LMSW is a practitioner-scholar whose curricula, publications, trainings, and practical work focus on meeting the needs of marginalized women and their families. Ms. Larance is the founder of two innovative community-based programs providing intervention, advocacy, and support for women who have used force in their relationships: Vista and RENEW. She is the co-creator of the prison-based Meridians Program for Incarcerated Women. Ms. Larance’s consulting work includes providing technical assistance and training for United States Air Force practitioners and Harmony House’s Nurturing Hearts Program implementation in Hong Kong, China. She is the former Domestic Violence Intervention Services Coordinator at Catholic Social Services of Washtenaw County and is currently a doctoral student at the University of Michigan’s joint doctoral program in Social Work and Sociology. Ms. Larance’s doctoral research focuses on the experiences of women who have had contact with court ordered anti-violence programming.

Michelle Munro-Kramer

Michelle Munro-Kramer is a Certified Nurse Midwife and Family Nurse Practitioner. Her program of research focuses on trauma, comprehensive care of vulnerable populations, and missed opportunities for care within domestic and international contexts. Her research projects approach these topics using a trauma-informed and patient-centered lens. She uses mixed methods and participatory action research to understand the experiences of vulnerable populations in order to inform future intervention development.

Quyen Ngo

Quyen Ngo is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Injury Center at the University of Michigan. She is a fully-licensed Clinical Psychologist with expertise in substance use, violence and trauma, contemplative practice, and technology-assisted psychological interventions. Dr. Ngo’s current research includes a career development award from the National Institute on Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism.

Jennifer Osetek

Jennifer Osetek is the Program Manager for Volunteer Training & Leadership Development at the University of Michigan’s Sexual Assault Prevention & Awareness Center (SAPAC). She received her Master of Arts degree in Social Foundations and Community Education with a concentration in Teaching for Diversity & Democracy from the department of Teacher Education in the College of Education at Eastern Michigan University. Jennifer received her undergraduate degree at the University of Michigan in English and Sociology. Jennifer is also on-call on SAPAC’s crisis line and provides outreach services to survivors at the hospital as part of the Sexual Assault Response Team (SART). She is the Advisor for the Survivor Empowerment & Ally Support (SEAS) and the Consent, Outreach, & Relationship Education (CORE) volunteer programs at SAPAC. Jennifer manages the yearly 22-hour New Volunteer Training, as well as continuing education for return volunteers (SAPAC currently has around 170 student volunteers across the three volunteer programs) to teach students how to effectively engage in their peer-lead volunteer and leadership work to provide sexual assault prevention education to students on UM’s campus. Jennifer also leads the year long leadership curriculum for our six student leader employees who lead SAPAC’s three volunteer programs. Additionally Jennifer serves on the First Year Experience’s Relationship Remix Leadership Team.

Sarah Rominski

Sarah Rominski‘s research focuses on reproductive health in sub-Saharan Africa, particularly Ghana. Specifically, Dr. Rominski studies reasons for contraceptive discontinuation amongst Ghanaian women, identifying barriers to safe abortion care, and is currently part of a team adapting the sexual violence prevention program used at the University of Michigan to a college campus in Ghana, which is the first sexual violence prevention program undertaken at a Ghanaian university.

Suellyn Scarnecchia

Suellyn Scarnecchia is a Clinical Professor of Law at the University of Michigan Law School. She has taught in the Human Trafficking Clinic since January 2013. Before that, she taught for 15 years in the UM Child Advocacy Law Clinic, served as the Dean of the University of New Mexico School of Law, and was Vice President and General Counsel of the University of Michigan. She is a graduate of Northwestern University and the University of Michigan Law School.

Rita Seabrook

Rita Seabrook is a Postdoctoral Research Associate at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children at Rutgers University School of Social Work. She received her PhD in Psychology and Women’s Studies from the University of Michigan. Her research focuses on masculinity and sexual violence in all-male organizations.

Emily Sheridan-Fulton

Emily Sheridan-Fulton is a graduate student in the Schools of Public Health and Social Work. Her research at the School of Nursing focuses on gender-based violence, particularly prevention efforts such as bystander intervention on college and university campuses through qualitative methods. Additionally, she studies the social and relational impacts of diabetes management in older adults through the School of Social Work at UM and teaches a section of the Adolescent Program and a program evaluation course through Michigan State University’s Psychology department.

Vijay Singh

Vijay Singh, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine is a board-certified family medicine physician who works clinically in the Medical Short Stay Unit, a hospitalist service at the U-M Health System. He has served as the interpersonal violence curriculum director for the U-M Medical School, where he has taught intimate partner violence (IPV) screening to over 1,500 medical students. His research interest is in health care identification of and response to IPV. His research has been supported by grants from the World Health Organization, American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation, and Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. He is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians, and U-M Injury Prevention Center and Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.

Richard Tolman

Richard Tolman, LMSW, PhD, is the Sheldon D. Rose Collegiate Professor of Social Work at the University of Michigan. He received his doctorate in social welfare from the University of Wisconsin-Madison and his MSW from the University of Michigan. Professor Tolman’s work focuses on the effectiveness of interventions designed to change violent and abusive behavior, and the impact of violence on the physical, psychological, and economic well- being of victims. He began his work in this area as a practitioner working with men who batter in 1980 in Alaska and helped establish standards for batterer intervention in both Illinois and Michigan. He developed the Psychological Maltreatment of Women Inventory a widely used measure of psychological maltreatment of women by their male partners. He co-lead the Trapped by Poverty/Trapped by Abuse initiative, which fostered collaboration among practitioners, policy makers and researchers to address violence against women receiving welfare benefits. His current projects include research on the impact of and prevention of abuse during pregnancy and involvement of men and boys as allies to end men’s violence against women. He serves as co-Director of the Global Research Program on Mobilizing Men for Violence Prevention, a multi-university collaborative project.

Kaaren Williamsen

Kaaren M. Williamsen, PhD, is Director of SAPAC at the University of Michigan where she provides direction and leadership to the University’s sexual and intimate partner violence response, education and prevention efforts across campus. Previously she was the first full-time Title IX Coordinator at Swarthmore College where she created a coordinated response to sexual misconduct, oversaw policy development, created a comprehensive sexual violence prevention program, and worked closely with students to develop administrator and student partnerships related to sexual violence prevention. Prior to Swarthmore, Kaaren worked at Carleton College where she founded and directed the Gender and Sexuality Center. She created institutional support services for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender students, including peer mentor program, support groups, campus education and professional development for faculty and staff. In 2017 she completed her PhD in Organizational Leadership, Policy, and Development at the University of Minnesota with a dissertation on the limitations of the student conduct response to sexual misconduct and the possibilities of restorative justice. Kaaren is also co-chair of Campus PRISM (Promoting Restorative Initiatives for Sexual Misconduct) and is a restorative justice facilitator trainer with the Skidmore Project on Restorative Justice.

Emma Zorfass

Emma Zorfass is the Administrative Assistant at the Sexual Assault Prevention and Awareness Center (SAPAC) at the University of Michigan. She graduated from the Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan in 2017, with a concentration in Education Policy and minors in Economics and Applied Statistics. Before her full-time role at SAPAC, she held student leaderships roles at SAPAC where she engaged her peers in sexual violence prevention work. At the Michigan Meeting, Emma is coordinating the undergraduate student volunteers.