Jennifer Demers, Ph.D.

 Dr. Jennifer Demers

Title: Assistant Professor of Psychology

Lab: Social Action, Violence, and Inequities (SAVI) Research Group

University of New Hampshire, Ph.D. Social Psychology (with Cognate in College Teaching), 2018
Mount Holyoke College, B.A. Psychology, 2005

Current Instructor: Graduate Seminar in Community-Clinical Psychology

Research Interests: Interpersonal Violence, Disclosure Decisions, Bystander Intervention, Social Media, Collective Action, Intersectionality


Phone: (316) 978-3038

Office: Jabara Hall Rm 429

My research broadly focuses on interpersonal violence, with an aim to inform new prevention methods and improved response services for victims. I am especially interested in exploring how social media communities, collective action, and new technologies might facilitate these goals. My work has examined the complexities of victims’ disclosure decisions, correlates of bystander prosocial behaviors in person and online, student-specific consequences of victimization, and campus initiatives to prevent and respond to violence.

Selected Publications:

  1. Demers, J. M., Ward, S., Walsh, W., Banyard, V. L., Cohn, E., Edwards, K. M., & Moynihan, M. M. (2018). Disclosure on campus: Students’ decisions to tell others about intimate partner violence, stalking, and unwanted sexual experiences. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment, & Trauma, 27(1), 54-75. doi: 10.1080/10926771.2017.1382631

  2. Banyard, V. L., Demers, J. M., Cohn, E., Edwards, K. M., Moynihan, M. M., Walsh, W., & Ward, S. (2017). Academic correlates of unwanted sexual contact, intercourse, stalking and intimate partner violence:  An understudied but important consequence for college students.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260517715022

  3. Demers, J. M., Roberts, A., Bennett, S., & Banyard, V. L. (2017). Victim motivations for disclosing unwanted sexual experiences and partner abuse.  Affilia: Journal of Women and Social Work, 32(3), 327-343. doi: 10.1177/0886109917704936

  4. Potter, S. J., Edwards, K. M., Banyard, V. L., Stapleton, J. G., Demers, J. M., & Moynihan, M. M. (2016). Conveying campus sexual misconduct policy information to college and university students: Results from a 7-campus study. Journal of American College Health, 64(6), 438-447.  doi: 10.1080/07448481.2016.1178122

  5. Demers, J. M., Banyard, V. L., & Pepin, E. N. (2015). Unwanted sexual experiences: The impact on women's transition to college. Violence and Gender, 2(4), 209-213. doi: 10.1089/vio.2015.0031

  6. Edwards, K. M., Moynihan, M. M., Rodenhizer-Stämpfli, K. A., Demers, J. M., & Banyard, V. L. (2015).  Campus community readiness to engage measure: Its utility for campus violence prevention initiatives - preliminary psychometrics. Violence and Gender, 2(4), 214-224. doi: 10.1089/vio.2015.0028