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In addition to domestic violence prevention and intervention services, The Consultation Center also conducts ongoing research (a) to examine risk and protective factors for domestic violence among both men and women with particular attention to the co-occurrence of domestic violence, posttraumatic stress, and substance use and (b) to evaluate researcher-practitioner collaborations in the criminal justice system in an effort to inform policy and improve services regarding violence against women.

Tami P. Sullivan, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor and Director of Family Violence Research and Programs at The Consultation Center and Division of Prevention and Community Research, Department of Psychiatry, Yale University School of Medicine. Dr. Sullivan's research, funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse and National Institute of Justice, focuses on understanding relationships among intimate partner violence, posttraumatic stress, and substance use. She is actively involved in research examining (a) precursors, correlates, and outcomes of women's victimization and their use of aggression in intimate relationships, and (b) the co-occurrence of IPV, posttraumatic stress, and substance use with specific attention to daily processes and intensive longitudinal data. She is particularly interested in risk and protective factor research that informs the development of interventions to be implemented in community settings. Her research also aims to promote and improve researcher-practitioner partnerships in the criminal justice specific to research on violence against women. Dr. Sullivan is a scientific advisor to NIDA-funded T32 and R25 fellowships on substance abuse prevention and treatment research. As a faculty member at Yale, she routinely supervises post- and pre-doctoral psychology fellows in the administration of programs for family violence offenders. She is a licensed psychologist with extensive experience with adult and child victims of IPV, providing services in a range of settings from inpatient units, intensive outpatient day programs, and outpatient clinics to domestic violence shelters, transitional living programs, and community programs.

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  • Sullivan, T. P., Cavanaugh, C. E., Buckner, J. D. and Edmondson, D. Intimate partner violence (IPV) and drug and alcohol use problems among community women: The roles of physical, sexual, and psychological IPV and PTSD. Journal of Traumatic Stress (in press).
  • Sullivan, T. P., Schroeder, J. A., Dudley, D. N., & Dixon, J. M. Do differing types of victimization and coping strategies influence the type of social reactions experienced by current victims of intimate partner violence, Violence Against Women (in press).
  • Cavanaugh, C. E. Hansen, N. B., & Sullivan, T.P. HIV sexual risk behavior among low-income women experiencing intimate partner violence: The role of posttraumatic stress disorder. AIDS and Behavior (in press).
  • Sullivan, T.P., Titus, J.A., Holt, L.J., Swan, S.C., Fisher, B.S., Snow, D.L. (2010). Does the Inclusion Criterion of Women's Aggression as Opposed to Their Victimization Result in Different Samples of Women? Violence Against Women, 16, 84-98.
  • Caldwell, J., Swan, S.C., Allen, C., Sullivan, T.P., & Snow, D.L. (2009). Why I Hit Him: Women's Reasons for Intimate Partner Violence, Journal of Aggression Maltreatment, and Trauma, 18, 672-697.
  • Sullivan, T. P., Cavanaugh, C. E., Ufner, M. J., Swan, S. C., & Snow, D. L. (2009). Relationships among women's use of aggression, their victimization and substance use problems: A test of the moderating effects of race/ethnicity, Journal of Aggression Maltreatment, and Trauma, 18, 646-666.
  • Swan, S.C. & Sullivan, T.P. (2009). The Resource Utilization of Women Who Use Violence in Intimate Relationships. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 24, 940-958.
  • Swan, S.C., Gambone, L.J., Caldwell, J. Sullivan, T.P., & Snow, D.L. (2008). A review of research on women's use of violence with male intimate partners, and a typology of women who use violence. Violence and Victims, 23, 301-314.
  • Sullivan, T.P. & Holt, L.J. (2008). PTSD Symptom Clusters are Differentially Related to Substance Use among Community Women Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence. Journal of Traumatic Stress , 21 (2) 173-180.
  • Sullivan, T.P., Fehon, D., Andrés-Hyman, R., Lipschitz, D. & Grillo, C. (2006). The Differential Relationships of Child Abuse and Neglect Sub-types to PTSD Symptom Clusters among Adolescents, Journal of Traumatic Stress, 19, 229-239.
  • Snow, D.L., Sullivan, T.P., Swan, S.C., Tate, D.C., & Klein, E. (2006). The role of coping and problem drinking in men's abuse of female partners: Test of a path model. Violence and Victims, 21, 267-285.
  • Sullivan, T.P., Meese, K.J., Swan, S. C., Mazure, C. M. & Snow, D. L. (2005) Precursors and correlates of women's violence: Childhood abuse traumatization, victimization of women, avoidance coping and psychological symptoms. Psychology of Women Quarterly, 29, 290-301.
  • Swan, S. C., Gambone, L. J., Fields, A. M., Sullivan, T. P., & Snow, D. L. (2005). Women Who Use Violence in Intimate Relationships: The Role of Anger, Victimization, and Symptoms of Posttraumatic Stress and Depression. Violence and Victims 20, 267-285.
  • Swan, S.C., Snow, D. L., Sullivan, T. P., Gambone, L., & Fields, A. (2005). Technical report for An empirical examination of a theory of women's use of violence in intimate relationships. Washington, DC: U.S. Department of Justice (NCJRS No. 208611).
  • Najavits, L. M., Sullivan, T. P., Schmitz, M., Weiss, R. D. & Lee, C. (2004) Treatment utilization by women with PTSD and substance dependence. The American Journal on Addictions, 13, 215-224.

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