In 1994, Dr. Judith-Ann Walker co-founded the development Research and Projects Center (dRPC), together with Dr. Yahaya Hashim and other colleagues working in the reproductive health and development community. The dRPC is a non-profit social nterprise, with head offices in Kano State in the North of Nigeria founded by two former Lecturers, activists and partners. The dRPC designs and implements high impact development researches and interventions, involving government, civil society and the international development community. The Center’s mission is to build capacity and social capital for participatory development. Its vision is for a vibrant and empowered civil society, for communities and social institutions that are involved in putting and keeping Nigeria on the path of sustainable development.
Dr. Walker served as the Country Manager of the Institute of International Education's Reproductive Health Leadership program in Nigeria since its inception in March 2002 to June 2011. She holds Masters and PhD Degrees in Development Studies with specialization in women's education and development, from the Institute of Social Studies, the Hague. Dr. Walker was born in the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago, but has lived and worked in Nigeria since 1991. Dr. Walker is a fellow of the Ashoka Innovators program, building monitoring and evaluation capacity within civil society in Nigeria.
Catherine Cerulli, J.D., Ph.D., is the Director of the Susan B. Anthony Center for Women's Leadership and the Laboratory of Interpersonal Violence and Victimization (LIVV), Associate Professor of Psychiatry, at the University of Rochester. The National Institute of Mental Health awarded Dr. Cerulli a five–year grant to conduct a randomized control trial in Family Court to assess whether enhanced mental health enables intimate partner violence (IPV) victims to better navigate safety. She was also to the Co–PrincipalInvestigator on a National Institute of Justice award to assess whether victim participation in prosecution impacts their subsequent safety. She was formerly an Assistant District Attorney in Monroe County, New York, where she created a special misdemeanor domestic violence unit in 1995. She has been working on issues surrounding domestic violence and child abuse for almost three decades, in a variety of capacities. Dr. Cerulli currently has funding from the Centers for Disease Control to work with a national IPV hotline to help address the intersection of violence and mental health. She works internationally to ameliorate violence against women and currently is assisting with a project addressing the health and welfare of sex workers and trafficking victims in Laos. She is a founding and current Board Member for the Crisis Nursery of Greater Rochester, Inc., a grass roots organization providing emergency respite care for greater Rochester area families with young children.
Although the field of violence against women is over thirty years old, there have been findings that have raised the issue as a public health concern. It is well understood that intimate partner violence (IPV) effects men, women and children, sometimes with life-long consequences for physical and mental health. As social scientist create a portfolio of research to help us understand these consequences of IPV, how do we translate this new information into public policy? How can researchers and practitioners partner across fields and disciplines to have evidence-based public policy that will improve both health and safety of IPV survivors and their families. Dr. Cerulli will present findings from her studies that address disparities among minority populations regarding IPV interventions and discuss international approaches to IPV that the United States has not yet considered or embraced. Dr. Cerulli will also discuss community-based participatory research as a means to research design, implementation and dissemination which may further the field of IPV using an integrated public health approach.