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Dr. Judy L. Postmus, Ph.D., ACSW, Dean of the School of Social Work, University of Maryland, Baltimore was appointed dean July 2020. She was previously the Associate Dean for Research and Faculty Development at the School of Social Work, Rutgers University. She was also the founder and former director of the Center on Violence Against Women & Children at Rutgers. Her research is on physical, sexual, and economic victimization experiences of women including an examination of strategies to economically empower survivors. Her most recent work includes leading the Violence Against Women Research Consortium, funded by the National Institute of Justice (2016-MU-CX-K011). Dean Postmus received her B.S. in Nutrition from Florida International University and her MSW from Barry University – both in Miami, Florida. After working for a number of years in nonprofit organizations, Dean Postmus moved to Albany, N.Y., to pursue her Ph.D. from SUNY-Albany. She has given many local, national, and international presentations on the impact of policies and interventions for survivors of violence. Her work is strongly influenced from her 20 years as a practitioner and administrator.

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  • “For my entire professional career, I always wanted to support and partner with those who are oppressed based on race, gender, and class. My work in gender-based violence allows me to combine that focus and use my research to improve the lives of those affected by violence and abuse. In particular, I learned about coercive control and the insidious nature of abusers who trap their partners in relationships – physically, emotionally, psychologically, and financially – and how systems designed to help survivors may actually cause more problems. My latest efforts have been to test interventions that financially empower female survivors, regardless of race or class, to strengthen their capabilities.”

    6 December 2021