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Jennifer M. Gómez

Assistant Professor, Boston University

Dr. Jennifer M. Gómez, National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow and Ford Fellow, earned her Ph.D. in clinical psychology in 2017 from University of Oregon. Currently an Assistant Professor in the Department of Psychology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) at Wayne State University. Her research focuses on the impact of abuse in Black and other minority youth and young adults. She has published over 50 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly writings, and pieces for the general public. Additionally, she is the lead co-editor of the upcoming special issue of Journal of Trauma & Dissociation—Discrimination, Violence, & Healing in Marginalized Communities (2018-2021). She is also a Board Member and Chair of the Research Committee of the Center for Institutional Courage. In proposing cultural betrayal trauma theory, Dr. Gómez identifies cultural betrayal as a dimension of within-group abuse that harms Black and other minority survivors.


  • 2019–present
    Assistant Professor, Wayne State University


  • 2019 
    Wayne State University, Postdoctoral Fellow
  • 2017 
    University of Oregon, Ph.D.


Ford Fellow; National Academy of Sciences Kavli Fellow