Diane Follingstad, Ph.D., Faculty Associate


Diane Follingstad, Ph.D. is the Director and Endowed Chair of the Center for Research on Violence Against Women and a Professor in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Kentucky.  This appointment follows her career as a Distinguished Professor Emeritus in Clinical and Forensic Psychology at the University of South Carolina.  She currently holds the Diplomate in Forensic Psychology from the American Board of Forensic Psychology and was awarded Fellow status in the Psychology and Law Division of the American Psychological Association.  Dr. Follingstad has been a past-President of the ABPP Forensic Psychology Board and a past-President of the South Carolina Psychological Association.  Her Ph.D. was awarded by the University of Colorado.  Her experience ranges from being a forensic expert, an academician, a researcher, an administrator, a professor and practicum supervisor, as well as a practicing clinician.  She serves as a Faculty Associate for the UK Center on Trauma and Children.

Most recently, her research efforts have led to more sophisticated measurement of psychological aggression and abuse, and she has published a critique regarding the problems of measurement in this field.  She has established a measure of psychological abuse that was normed on a nationally representative sample, and is investigating the nature and prevalence, reciprocity, and gender differences of psychological abuse.  Currently, she heads the campus climate survey research team for the University of Kentucky and runs a grant funded project evaluating the long-term effects on young adults, whether attending institutions of higher education or not, of receiving bystander intervention training in high school.