Psychology professor Victoria Banyard has been elected to receive the Margaret M. Riggs Distinguished Contributions Award from the New Hampshire Psychological Association (NHPA). The annual award recognizes the psychologist who has demonstrated extraordinary skills in teaching, research, or service that have resulted in the advancement of psychology in New Hampshire. Banyard was nominated by colleague Joan Glutting, a clinical associate professor of psychology at UNH. Banyard will receive her award at the NHPA Annual Meeting in Portsmouth, NH on May 8, 2015.
Banyard received her Ph.D. in clinical psychology from the University of Michigan and has trained at both the Family Research Lab at the University of New Hampshire and the Trauma Center in Boston. She is a research and evaluation consultant with UNH’s Prevention Innovations Research Center. She conducts research on the long-term mental health consequences of interpersonal violence including resilience in survivors. She also conducts research on community approaches to prevention of interpersonal violence. She is part of a research team that has received funding from the National Institute of Justice, the Department of Justice, and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.