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Bonomi, Amy E. Ph.D., M.P.H.


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  • Ph.D. Health Services, University of Washington
  • M.P.H. Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington
  • B.S. Applied Psychology, Loyola University

Areas of Interest

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Sexual violence
  • Prevention
  • Health impacts


Dr. Amy E. Bonomi is Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies Department at Michigan State University, and Chair of MSU’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee.  Dr. Bonomi’s research focuses on the health impacts, contexts, and dynamics of domestic violence and sexual violence.  Using jail calls, Dr. Bonomi has led the field’s seminal studies on how domestic abusers coerce their victims to recant.  Relevant publications on victim recantation for use by prosecutors and law enforcement are as follows:

Bonomi AE, Gangamma R, Locke C, Katafiasz H, Martin D. “Meet me at the hill where we used to park:” Interpersonal processes associated with victim recantation. Social Science and Medicine 2011;73:1054-1061. doi: 10.1016/j.socscimed.2011.07.005

Bonomi AE, Martin D. Jail calls: What do kids have to do with it? Journal of Family Violence 2017 [Epub ahead of print]. doi:10.1007/s10896-017-9919-2