Board of Directors

Sherry Hamby, Director, Ph.D.

Sherry Hamby is Research Professor of Psychology at the University of the South and Director of the Appalachian Center for Resilience Research. A licensed clinical psychologist, she has worked for more than 20 years to make families stronger. Her previous work includes many large projects similar in size to the Life Paths project, including co-investigator on the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence, which is the U.S.’s primary surveillance of youth victimization. She also has extensive experience conducting research in under-served communities, including the first reservation-based study of domestic violence among American Indians and the first Swiss dating violence prevention program.

Dr. Hamby serves as founding editor of the APA journal Psychology of Violence. She is a member of the Board of Scientific Counselors at the CDC’s National Center for Injury Prevention and Control and was selected in 2013 as a “Woman Making an Impact on Children’s Exposure to Violence” by the Safe Start National Resource Center, among other recognitions. She is author or co-author of more than 100 works including The Web of Violence: Exploring Connections among Different Forms of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse. Her most recent book, Battered Women’s Protective Strategies: Stronger than You Know, also calls for a more strengths-based approach to working with people experiencing challenges. Email:

Elizabeth Taylor, M.S., Administrator

Elizabeth (Liz) Taylor, M.S., is a Ph.D. student at Oakland University. She is working on her Ph.D. in Social Psychology with Dr. Michele Parkhill Purdie. She is interested in researching how males cope with adversity through strengths-based resilience mechanisms, and why some males become perpetrators of intimate partner violence. She is also interested in perceptions of gender identity and how researchers measure gender.

She was a Visiting Instructor of Psychology at The University of the South, teaching Research Methods and Data Analysis for 4 semesters. She was also the Project Manager for the Life Paths Research Center (Life Paths) for 4 years and has 5 years of professional experience in the field of psychology. Her BA in Psychology and MS in Experimental Psychology are from Augusta University. During her time with Life Paths, Liz served as Project Manager on grants from the National Institute of Health, the National Institute of Justice, the Digital Trust Foundation, and the John Templeton Foundation. Liz has several peer-reviewed publications featured in journals such as Psychology of Violence, Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and Psychological Trauma. Her work has been presented at multiple conferences including the American Psychological Association and the Association for Psychological Science.

Tammy Russell

Tammy Russell has multi-generational roots in Appalachia and a strong commitment to capacity building in this region, through the core Appalachian values of independence, self-reliance and internal fortitude.  Ms. Russell graduated from Mary Washington University with a bachelor’s degree in social and political justice with a core emphasis in political science.  She started her career as a paralegal and worked her way through college while working full-time and raising a family.  She has more than twenty years experience in a wide variety of human service roles having served as an Ombudsman and institutional counselor at a medium security male penitentiary.  She also spent ten years as an adult probation officer.  She has worked with child support enforcement and currently works with families, children and adults who have trauma and violence histories.  Ms. Russell has extensive experience with intervention programs for families, children and adults who have been involved in violence as both victims and perpetrators.  She has dedicated her career to helping people get back on their feet.  She embraces the concept of meeting people “where they are” in an effort to help them move forward without being defined by their past.  Her career has been spent working with people in rural communities of the Southern United States where resources are often scarce but resilience is prevalent.

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Nicky Hamilton

Nicky Hamilton is Associate Director of Community Engagement at the University of the South, Sewanee, TN. She manages the AmeriCorps VISTA program, a collaboration between the university and the South Cumberland Community Fund that brings 10 volunteers to the Cumberland Plateau. She also provides capacity-building support to the South Cumberland Community Fund, and works with Sewanee’s existing community engagement programs. Hamilton was the director of residential life for the university until 2010, when she moved to Little Rock, Arkansas, to attend the University of Arkansas Clinton School of Public Service, earning a Master of Public Service degree in 2012. Her academic and co-curricular work there included grant writing, program development, and collaborative coalition building. Her professional efforts focus on becoming a grassroots change agent. Hamilton graduated from the University of the South in 1999 as a Desmond Tutu Scholar with a degree in psychology.

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Nicole Noffsinger-Frazier, Ph.D.

Nicole Noffsinger-Frazier earned a B.A. in psychology from The University of the South and a doctorate in counseling psychology from The University of Memphis.  She went on to complete her predoctoral internship and postdoctoral fellowship at Harvard Medical School/McLean Hospital where she received advanced training in the treatment of eating disorders. Dr. Noffsinger-Frazier is the director of the University Wellness Center at the University of the South where she is also a faculty member and teaches in the Department of Psychology. Dr. Noffsinger-Frazier’s primary research interests are in the areas of women’s health and the prevention of disordered eating and eating disorders. In her free time, Dr. Noffsinger-Frazier enjoys spending time with her three children, coaching the local age-group USA swimming club (Mountain Aquatic Club), and swimming and competing in US Masters swimming.

Scientific Advisors

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Etiony Aldarondo, Ph.D.

Etiony Aldarondo is Provost of Carlos Albizu University-Miami campus. The recipient of various recognitions for academic excellence and community involvement, his scholarship focuses on positive development of ethnic minority and immigrant youth, domestic violence, and social justice-oriented clinical practices. His publications include the books Advancing Social Justice through Clinical Practice and Programs for men who batter: Intervention and prevention strategies in a diverse society (with Fernando Mederos, Ed.D.) Dr. Aldarondo has a long history of involvement with grass root advocacy organizations, foundations, and federal government agencies such as CDC, HHS, NIJ, the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, and the Domestic Violence Prevention Fund. He currently also serves on the boards of directors for the National Latino Alliance for the Elimination of Domestic Violence, The Council on Contemporary Families, Project Hope, and Profunda.

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Lisa Goodman, Ph.D.

Lisa A. Goodman is a Professor in the Department of Counseling and Applied Developmental Psychology at Boston College. She is the author of over 100 articles and chapters on the interaction between victims of intimate partner violence and the practices, systems and policies that aim to help them; innovative mental health practices for low-income communities; and bringing social justice to counseling psychology.  She consults extensively with national and community-based domestic violence organizations, and is the co-founder of Domestic Violence Program Evaluation and Research Collaborative.  Dr. Goodman has received several national awards for her teaching, mentoring, and research, most recently the Elizabeth Hurlock Beckman Award, a national honor that recognizes educators who have inspired students to do transformational work.  Her 2008 book, co-authored with Deborah Epstein and published by the American Psychological Association, is entitled Listening to Battered Women:  A Survivor-Centered Approach to Advocacy, Mental Health, and Justice.

Heather Turner, Ph.D.

Heather A. Turner is Professor of Sociology and Senior Research Associate at the Crimes against Children Research Center at the University of New Hampshire. Dr. Turner’s research program has concentrated on social stress processes and mental health, including the effects of violence, victimization, and other forms of adversity on the social and psychological development of children and adolescents. Dr. Turner has 13 years of research experience on childhood exposure to violence, has conducted numerous national surveys, and has published over 70 articles, many focusing on the epidemiology of childhood victimization and mental health. She is currently co-principal investigator for the OJJDP funded National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Violence (NATSCEV) — a study designed to obtain comprehensive estimates of children’s exposure to multiple forms of violence and victimization across the full developmental spectrum (age 0-17). Dr. Turner is the Director of the International Conference on Social Stress Research and past the Chair of the Sociology of Mental Health Section of the American Sociological Association (ASA).

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