Dr. Amy Bonomi became director of Michigan State University (MSU) Extension’s Children and Youth Institute (CYI) in 2019. In addition to her director role, she is co-administrator of the Women’s Leadership Institute at MSU and a faculty member in MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence.
In her role as the CYI director, Dr. Bonomi is leading a collaborative process with more than 200 staff across the state to sharpen CYI’s mission, build partnerships and resources to support the work of preparing Michigan’s children and youth for the future, and measure and communicate the impact of MSU Extension’s children and youth programs to key stakeholders.
Previously, Dr. Bonomi chaired MSU’s Human Development and Family Studies (HDFS) department from 2013 to 2018. Coinciding with MSU’s capital campaign and their initiative to improve federal awards, Dr. Bonomi led HDFS in significant increases in federal grant dollars (648%) and philanthropic donations (997%), along with a sharpening of its graduate and undergraduate programs.
Trained in public health at the University of Washington, Dr. Bonomi’s research focuses on the health impacts of, contexts for, and dynamics of intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Her recent publications focus on sexual violence, including the relationship to popular culture messaging, along with media literacy tools to aid movie-goers in detecting abuse, power, control and harm in relationships. In recognition of her work in violence prevention, Dr. Bonomi was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award in 2011 from The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology.
Based on her experiences as a woman leader in academia, Dr. Bonomi co-edited (with Callie Rennison) Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper. This book convenes the perspectives of 23 diverse academic leaders from across the United States on critical issues facing women leaders in higher education.