Amy Bonomi, PhD, MPH

Professor and Chair, Human Development and Family Studies, Michigan State University

Amy Bonomi, PhD, MSDr. Bonomi is Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Michigan State University. Dr. Bonomi’s research focuses on the long-term health effects of domestic violence, dating violence, and child abuse, and the intimacy dynamics/processes that keep violent relationships intact. Dr. Bonomi and her team recently analyzed audio-recorded telephone conversations between domestic violence perpetrators and their victims to determine processes that influence victims to recant their stories in court. The five-stage process of recantation identified through the analysis of the audio-taped telephone conversations has been presented to practice and policy makers throughout the U.S. The recantation research has resulted in some counties across the U.S. mandating the recording and use of jail calls in court to improve prosecution of domestic violence cases. Dr. Bonomi and colleagues also recently analyzed abuse and harmed identity in the national bestseller, Fifty Shades of Grey, using the U.S. Centers for Disease Control’s definitions of intimate partner violence and Smith’s conceptualizations. Dr. Bonomi is an associate editor at the Journal of Women’s Health and BMC Public Health, and is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University.

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