To advance the Center's agenda, the Center has established endowed chairs and professorships of study on violence against women - each with a specific area of study and all contributing to a university-wide interdisciplinary body of knowledge on violence against women. The University of Kentucky's Center for Research on Violence Against Women leadership team of endowed faculty is focused on producing excellent research designed to improve the quality of life of those affected by forms of violence that disproportionately involve women. Our ultimate goal through our efforts of conducting and disseminating research is to prevent such violence.


Director and Endowed Chair

Ann Coker, Ph.D., Interim Director,Verizon Wireless Endowed Chair since 2007.


Endowed Faculty

Diane Follingstad, Ph.D., Director since 2014 and Women's Circle Endowed Chair since 2008. 

Claire Renzetti, Ph.D., the Judi Conway Patton Endowed Chair since 2010. 

Camille Burnett,Ph.D., MPH, Cralle-Day Foundation Endowed Professor since 2020.

Heather Bush, Ph.D., Kate Spade & Co. Foundation Endowed Professor since 2015. 


Emeritus Faculty

Charles Carlson, Ph.D., Robert H. & Anna B. Culton Endowed Professor 2008-2020.



Alicia Landon has been the Administrative Staff Officer for the Center since 2020.

Jaspreet Chahal has been the Research Coordinator for C.A.T.S. Project at the Center since 2015.

Caihong Li has been the Statistician at the Center since 2019. 



Rachel Barczak, Graduate Research Assistant

Lisa Kistler, Graduate Research Assistant

Chenghui Zhang, Graduate Research Assistant



Internal Advisory Board

The Center for Research on Violence Against Women’s Internal Advisory Board (IAB) consists of an interdisciplinary group of colleagues from across UK’s campus. The IAB members bridge alliances with diverse academic units, provide access to a wealth of additional research expertise, and afford enhanced opportunities for innovative, interdisciplinary collaborations which will be instrumental in helping the Center accomplish its research mission.