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Lisa Aronson Fontes

Senior Lecturer, Interdisciplinary Studies, UMass Amherst

Professor, researcher, expert witness and author of numerous popular and scholarly publications on topics related to culture and violence against women and children. Author of 4 books:
* Invisible Chains: Overcoming Coercive Control in Your Intimate Relationship (2015)
* Interviewing Clients across Cultures: A Practitioner’s Guide (2008)
* Child Abuse and Culture: Working with Diverse Families (2005)
* Sexual abuse in nine North American cultures: Treatment and prevention (1995).
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More than 25 years in the field of interpersonal violence and psychology. I train practitioners and scholars all over the world, but especially in the U.S. and Latin America, in English, Spanish and Portuguese.


  • –present
    Senior Lecturer, Specialty in Cultural Issues in Violence Against Women & Children, University of Massachusetts Amherst


  • 1992 
    University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Counseling Psychology


Cultural Competence Award from the American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (APSAC); also awarded Fulbright Foundation Grant to teach about Child Abuse in Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2007.