MSUToday
Published: Sept. 2, 2015

MSU researcher earns prestigious award for combating sexual violence

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Michigan State University psychology professor Rebecca Campbell has been honored again for her groundbreaking research on violence against women.

End Violence Against Women International said Campbell will receive its 2016 Visionary Award specifically for her research into sexual assault and the response of legal, medical and mental health systems to the needs of rape survivors.

In announcing the award, the organization said Campbell “combines a depth of knowledge in the field of sexual violence, including various aspects of psychological response and the neurobiology of trauma, with decades of real-world experience in criminal justice processes and the daily operation of community agencies.”

“She seamlessly and productively bridges the gap between research and practice.”

Based in Addy, Washington, End Violence Against Women International is the largest national organization of policymakers and practitioners who address gender-based violence.

As the winner of the Visionary Award, Campbell will present a session on the neurobiology of sexual assault at the organization's International Conference on Sexual Assault, Domestic Violence, and Engaging Men & Boys in Washington, D.C., March 22-24, along with two additional workshops.

In April, Campbell was honored by the U.S. Justice Department of her role in changing the national response to rape.

In addition, the American Psychological Association honored Campbell with its 2015 Award for Special Contributions to Public Policy.

Rebecca Campbell is professor of community psychology and program evaluation in Michigan State University's Department of Psychology.

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