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Jane Palmer

Professorial Lecturer Department of Justice, Law & Criminology

Jane Palmer has a Ph.D. in Justice, Law & Society from American University and an M.S.W. from the Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois-Chicago. Before coming to AU for her Ph.D., she was the executive director of a domestic violence agency in St. Louis. She worked for more than a decade in community-based organizations in urban, low-income communities as an advocate, youth program manager and social worker for children and families.

Jane Palmer’s interdisciplinary research focuses on gender-based violence prevention, help-seeking, legal/policy responses to gender-based violence and measurement/methodological issues in research on sensitive topics. Her dissertation was on bystander intervention in sexual assault and intimate partner violence situations on a college campus. She has been conducting campus surveys on sexual assault, dating violence and bystander intervention since 2011. She also has recently started a project on the civil legal needs of survivors of sexual assault in collaboration with the Victim Rights Law Center.

Prior to joining the AU faculty full-time, she was a post-doctoral associate at the Center on Violence Against Women and Children (VAWC) at the Rutgers University School of Social Work, where she was responsible for analyzing data from an experimental evaluation of a campus-based bystander intervention and sexual violence prevention program.

From 2010 – 2013, Dr. Palmer was a graduate research fellow at the U.S. Department of Justice’s National Institute of Justice where she was on a small team of individuals responsible for designing and implementing a Congressionally-mandated program of research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women living in tribal communities in the U.S. She currently serves as a Technical Advisor on the National Baseline Study under this program of research, which is being implemented by American Indian Development Associates and RTI International.

Courses taught:
Gender Violence & Public Policy, Child & Family Policy, Public Program Evaluation, Qualitative & Survey Research Methods, Justice in Tribal Communities and Community-Based Research.



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Degrees

PhD, Justice, Law & Society, American University (with a second field in Public Policy);
MSW, Jane Addams College of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Chicago (with a concentration in children and families);
BA in Sociology from Smith College in Northampton, MA

Favorite Spot on Campus
Bender Library, The Dav
Languages Spoken
English, Spanglish

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Office
SPA - Justice, Law and Criminology
Ward - 253
Contact Info
(202) 885-3118 (Office)

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For the Media
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See Also
Law & Academia
Souvenirs of a Career
Recent SPA Grad and Professor Advances Research, Policy, and Perceptions on Violence
Jane Palmer to Advise on National Study
Vicarious Trauma Among Researchers

Partnerships & Affiliations

Scholarly, Creative & Professional Activities

Selected Publications

Palmer, J. & St. Vil, N. (in press). Sexual assault disclosure by college women at Historically Black Colleges & Universities and predominately white institutions. NASPA Journal About Women in Higher Education.

Palmer, J. (2016). Recognizing the continuum of opportunities for third parties to prevent and respond to sexual assault and dating violence on a college campusCrime Prevention & Community Safety: An International Journal, 18, 1-18.   Palmer, J. & Alda, E. (2016). Examining the impact of federal grants to reduce violent crimes against women on campus. Review of Higher Education, 40(1), 63-89.   Palmer, J. & Chino, M. (2016). Violence in American Indian and Alaska Native communities.  In C.A. Cuevas & C.M. Rennison (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell Handbook on the Psychology of Violence.  West Sussex, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.

Palmer, J., Nicksa, S., & McMahon, S. (2016). Does who you know affect how you act? Relational distance and bystander intervention in sexual and dating violence situations. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Palmer, J. & Perrotti, C. (2016). Measuring self-reported sexual victimization experiences at one university: A comparison of methodsJournal of Student Affairs Research & Practice. Published online before print August 15, 2016, doi: 10.1080/19496591.2016.1202119.

Palmer, J., Renner, L., Goodman, L. & Dutton, M.A. (2016). Does type of child risk affect whether mothers seek assistance for intimate partner violence from civil or criminal court? Violence Against Women, 22(4), 474-495.

McMahon, S., Palmer, J., Banyard, V., Murphy, M. & Gidycz, C. (2015). Measuring bystander behavior in the context of sexual assault prevention: Lessons learned and new directions. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

"New assault reporting law should improve prevention," June 29, 2015, Op-Ed in the Baltimore Sun with Tara Richards, University of Baltimore.

McMahon, S., Winter, S.C., Palmer, J., Postmus, J., Peterson, N.A., Zucker, S.R., & Koenick, R.A. (2015). A randomized controlled trial of a multi-dose bystander intervention program using peer education theater. Health Education Research, 30(4), 554-568.<br> McMahon, S., Peterson, N.A., Winter, S.C., Palmer, J., Postmus, J. & Koenick, R. (2015). Predicting bystander behavior on college campuses: The role of self-efficacy and intent. American Journal of Community Psychology, 56(1), 46-56.

Walton, M.J. & Palmer, J.E. (2014). Legal considerations regarding sexual assault victims’ right to an advocate. Sexual Assault Report, 18(1), 1-16.

Savage, J., Palmer, J. & Brooks, A. (2014). Intergenerational transmission: Does physical abuse have a unique and specific relationship with violence? Journal of Family Violence, 29(7), 739-748

Crossland, C., Palmer, J. & Brooks, A. (2013). NIJ’s program of research on violence against American Indian and Alaska Native women. Violence Against Women, 19(6), 771-790.

Palmer, J. (2013). Conducting a web-based survey about sensitive topics with a random sample of college students.  In Brindle, P. (Ed.), SAGE Cases in Methodology.  Thousand Oaks: SAGE.

Palmer, J. (2012). Native Americans and sexual violence.  In J.L. Postmus (Ed.), Sexual Violence and Abuse: An Encyclopedia of Prevention, Impacts and Recovery.  Santa Barbara, CA: ABC-CLIO.

Palmer, J. (2012). Sexual assault in Indian Country and the Tribal Law and Order Act.  Sexual Assault Report, 16(2).

Professional Presentations

2016

Addressing Experiences of Secondary Trauma Among Researchers Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference (Workshop)

Predicting Bystander Behavior to Prevent Sexual Assault on College Campuses Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference (Poster)

2015

Existing and Proposed Policies to Address Gender-Based Violence on College Campuses American Society of Criminology (co-panelist)

Correlates of Incoming College Students’ Proclivity to Perpetrate Sexual Assault American Society of Criminology

Peer cultures on college campuses: The consequences of students’ beliefs about rape on bystander intervention American Sociological Association

A randomized control trial of a bystander intervention program to prevent sexual violence Society for Social Work and Research (co-presenter)

Help-seeking by mothers who experience intimate partner violence: The role of child risk Society for Social Work and Research (co-presenter)

2014              

Examining the impact of grants to reduce violent crimes against women on campus Association for the Study of Higher Education’s Council on Public Policy in Higher Education Pre-Conference

The differential impacts of a bystander intervention program for students of color: Results from a randomized controlled trial American Evaluation Association

The role of relationship to the victim and offender on willingness to intervene in sexual and intimate partner violence situations International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference

Social desirability and rape myths acceptance: A mixed-methods analysis Academy of Criminal Justice Sciences

Congressional Testimony

Testimony in support of HB 571, Institutions of Higher Education - Sexual Assault - Policy and Survey, Appropriations Committee, Maryland House of Delegates (2015 March 10)

Testimony in support of HB 571, Institutions of Higher Education - Sexual Assault - Policy and Survey, Education, Health & Environmental Affairs Committee, Maryland Senate (2015 April 1)

 

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