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Jennifer J. Freyd

Founder and President / Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon

I am the Founder and President of the nonprofit Center for Institutional Courage, Inc. I am also a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon and affiliated faculty at the VMWare Women's Leadership Innovation Laboratory at Stanford University. I received my Bachelor’s degree in Anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and my PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. I have also been a feminist and activist my whole career; I often get into trouble because of it but I am not sorry that I try to make the world a more equitable and healthy place. At the University of Oregon I direct a laboratory investigating the impact of interpersonal and institutional trauma on mental and physical health, behavior, and society. My graduate students are the best part of my job –they are brilliant and ethical and great collaborators. My students and I publish extensively in scientific journals. We also write op-eds that apply research to pressing social issues, like gender discrimination and sexual violence. I am proud of my two books, Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse – which was published by Harvard University Press – and my newer book, Blind to Betrayal, co-authored with Pamela J. Birrell, which was published by Wiley and now has seven additional translations.

Experience

  • –present
    Professor of Psychology, University of Oregon