Research Professor of Psychology
B.S., M.A., College of William and Mary; Ph.D., University of North Carolina
Sherry Hamby is a Research Professor of Psychology at Sewanee, the University of the South. She teaches Psychology of Gender and Psychology of Violence, and supervises student research on violence and victimization. She is the Principal Investigator of a grant from the John Templeton Foundation that focuses on the Laws of Life Essay Contest and is conducted from the Life Paths Research Program here on campus.
Research co-authored with Sewanee students has been presented at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference in New Hampshire and the Southeastern Psychological Association annual conference. Student co-authors at professional conferences have included Chetna Chandrasekaran (C '11), Amy Jackson (C '09), Laura Logan (C '12), Daniel McKelvey (C '09), Kaki Nix (C '10), Jordan Rothschild (C '12), Lucy Taylor (C '10), and Ann Thomasson (C '09). With Amy Jackson, she published an article on perceptions of dating violence (Hamby & Jackson, 2010, Sex Roles). Kaki Nix (C '10) was co-author on a publication about Swiss dating violence prevention (Hamby, Nix, De Puy, & Monnier, 2012, Violence & Victims). Caroline Lindemuth (C '12) took the lead on a paper appearing in Modern Psychological Studies.
In addition to these activities, Dr. Hamby’s scholarship focuses on the methodological and measurement challenges of violence research and cross-cultural issues in measuring and intervening for violence. Dr. Hamby is part of the team that conducts the National Survey of Children's Exposure to Violence, which is the U.S. Department of Justice's primary surveillance mechanism for youth victimization and the source of the most up-to-date and comprehensive statistics on the co-occurrence among different forms of youth violence.
Dr. Hamby is the Editor for a new journal, Psychology of Violence, published by theAmerican Psychological Association.
She has served on three expert panels for the Centers for Disease Control and Preventionand three closed-session research workshops for the National Institute of Justice, a research institute of the U.S. Department of Justice.
Dr. Hamby is also the author or co-author of more than 75 publications on family violence and youth victimization, including The Conflict Tactics Scales Handbook and Sortir Ensemble et Se Respecter, the first Swiss dating violence prevention program. With Mary Beth Skupien, she conducted the first reservation-based study of intimate partner violence among American Indians. Her most recent book, authored with John Grych, is The Web of Violence: Exploring Connections among Different Forms of Interpersonal Violence and Abuse (Springer, 2013).
A licensed clinical psychologist, Dr. Hamby has received awards from the National Register for Health Service Providers in Psychology and the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children.