Jennifer M. Gómez, PhD

Assistant Professor

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Jennifer M. Gómez, former Ford Fellow, is a Black feminist trauma researcher and race scholar who developed cultural betrayal trauma theory to examine the impact of oppression on outcomes of violence on individuals and communities who are marginalized. Her book “The Cultural Betrayal of Black Women & Girls: A Black Feminist Approach to Healing from Sexual Abuse” is relevant for diverse professional and student audiences: race scholars, trauma researchers, trauma clinicians, Black feminists/womanists, changemakers/advocates/activists, Black women survivors, and anyone who wants to better understand and support Black women and girl survivors.

Gómez joined BUSSW in 2022 as an assistant professor and faculty affiliate at the School’s Center for Innovation in Social Work & Health. She is a Board Member, Chair of the Research Advisory Committee, and research grant reviewer at the Center for Institutional Courage; faculty affiliate at University of Michigan’s RacismLab; research scientist at the Michigan Center for Urban African American Aging Research, funded by the National Institute on Aging; member of the American Psychological Association Presidential Task Force for Culturally Informed Trauma & Grief Kits; and member of the Scientific Committee of the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation. 

Gómez is on the editorial boards of the Journal of Clinical & Child Adolescent Psychology and the Journal of Trauma & Dissociation. Her research has been published in over 100 peer-reviewed journals, books, newsletters, regional and national media outlets, and the Open Science Framework.