Family and Sexual Violence


Sexual assault and violence within families is of concern to many researchers, scholars, and practitioners. At John Jay College, leading scholars are investigating all aspects of interpersonal and sexual abuse. Areas of expertise include the long term consequences of child abuse and neglect, victimization within the family, and sex offender policies.

C. Jama Adams (Department of African American Studies) researches fatherhood, parenting and organizational issues in social service agencies.

Rosemary Barberet (Department of Sociology) studies victimization, violence against women, business crime, and crime indicators, as well as self-reported youth crime.

Angela Crossman (Department of Psychology) is currently studying the effects of exposure to domestic violence on children's adjustment, on children's developing emotion regulation, and on the development of deception in children.

Miriam Ehrensaft (Department of Psychology) researches the association of developmental psychopathology with the risk for interpersonal violence. She has expertise in longitudinal studies of the intergenerational transmission of antisocial behavior and intimate partner violence.

Gail Garfield (Department of Sociology) researches social policies and practices in the areas of child welfare, public housing, foster care, drug treatment for women, and violence against women.

Elizabeth Jeglic (Department of Psychology) researches sex offender treatment and policy, as well as many mental health issues, particularly suicidality. She is PI (along with Cynthia Caulkins Mercado) on a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant examining sex offender treatment, civil commitment, and risk for recidivism in New Jersey.

Andrew Karmen (Department of Sociology) researches a range of subjects including victimology, as well crime and justice in New York City.

Cynthia Caulkins Mercado (Department of Psychology) researches empirical evidence for use in sex offender policy and sexual violence prevention. She is PI (along with Elizabeth Jeglic) on a National Institute of Justice (NIJ) grant examining sex offender treatment, civil commitment, and risk for recidivism in New Jersey.

Jayne Mooney (Department of Sociology) studies patterns of violence and domestic violence.

Chitra Raghaven (Department of Psychology) studies partner violence, intimate partner rape, and femicide.

Valli Rajah (Department of Sociology) has received multiple Guggenheim awards as well as funding from the National Institutes of Health to study women's experience of partner violence.

Natalie Sokoloff (Department of Sociology) investigates socially structured systems of race and class inequality as well as gender inequality when studying women's increasing incarceration rate and the violence that women experience.

Abby Stein (Department of Interdisciplinary Studies) studies criminal psychopathology, child maltreatment, and states of consciousness during violent perpetration and victimization.

Karen Terry (Department of Criminal Justice; Interim Associate Provost and Dean of Research) is a leading researcher on sex crimes and has been involved with numerous research projects regarding sexual offenses and offenders, as well as the experiences of victims of sexual abuse. Most notably, she was been the principal investigator for two national studies on child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church.

Shonna Trinch (Department of Anthropology) is studying the ways in which Latina women and socio-legal authorities in different institutional settings collaborate and conflict in the creation of narratives of domestic abuse.

Cathy Widom (Department of Psychology), a Distinguished Professor, is a leading researcher in child abuse and in particular studies long-term consequences of child abuse and neglect.