Administrative Staff Officer

Brandon Bell, Administrative Staff Officer. Brandon is responsible for implementation and maintenance of the Center budgets, supervising the accounting system and establishing internal control of accounting procedures as well as managing fiscal information related to grants and contracts.This includes monitoring compliance with federal, state and university policies and procedures including cost accounting compliance. He is also the Center’s liaison with human resources, fiscal, sponsored projects and other units in the Office of the Vice President for Research.  Brandon received his Bachelor's in Economics from the University of Kentucky in 2012, and his Master's of Public Administration from Murray State University in 2019. 

Project Manager

Jaspreet Chahal, Project Manager. Jasz manages C.A.T.S. (Campus Attitudes Toward Safety) on campus, a project developed to provide administration with data about campus safety as an internal quality improvement project. The information covers students' perceptions of campus safety, students' knowledge of and inclination to use campus resources, bystander attitudes and behaviors, and students' experience of violent or adverse incidents. Ms. Chahal's research iinterests include violence and victimization on college campuses, cultural factors and vulnerability to sexual violence, as well as the adverse health outcomes of violence and victimization. In 2007, Jaspreet received her M.S. in Criminal Justice from Eastern Kentucky University and is currently finishing her doctoral degree in Criminology, Law, and Society from George Mason University.

Postdoctoral Fellow

Emily Bonistall Postel, Postdoctoral Fellow. Emily is a postdoctoral fellow at the University of Kentucky in the Department of Sociology and the Center for Research on Violence Against Women.  She earned her Ph.D. from the University of Delaware in 2015.  Dr. Bonistall Postel’s research focuses on sexual assault prevention on college campuses, with a specific focus on vulnerable populations such as international students and graduate students.   


Caihong Li, Statistician. Caihong recently received her Ph.D. in Education Sciences at the University of Kentucky. Her major research interest is in quantitative methods and psychometrics. She began working with the Center in August 2016. She has collaborated with researchers and professors in the Center on several projects, including Affirmative Consent, Barriers of Help-seeking among University Students, and What is Justice. She serves as the statistical consultant and performs a multitude of data analysis on various research projects. 

Graduate Research Assistants

Margaret Campe, Graduate Reseach Assistant. Margaret is a second year Ph.D. student at the University of Kentucky Sociology Department. She earned her M.A. in Criminology from the University of Minnesota. She began working with the Center in June 2016. Margaret works on the Center's Campus Attitudes Toward Safety Survey in addition to a project funded by the Office on Violence Against Women to evaluate the local domestic violence shelter's programming. Her primary research interests include: college campus violence againast women and social networks, and intimate partner violence in the context of criminal and family court systems. 

Hayley Cole, Graduate Research Assistant. Hayley is a fifth year Ph.D. student in the University of Kentucky Psychology Department's clinical program. She first worked with the Center in summer 2015 and returned again in May 2017. Hayley has contributed to a variety of projects at the Center, most recently assisting with the What is Justice and Affimative Consent projects. Her primary research interests include: high risk behaviors in young adults, computerized drinking interventions for college students, and victimization in reporting on college campuses. When Hayley is not at the Center, she provides outpatient psychtherapy as a clinical psychology intern for the University of Kentucky Internship Consortium Program. 

Xian Wu, Graduate Research Assistant. Xian is a doctoral candidate in the Quantitative and Psychometric Method program in the College of Education. She received her B.S. in Physics Education and M.A. in Curriculum & Instruction from Guangxi Normal University in China. Before moving to Kentucky, Xian was a faculty member ar Guangxi Teachers Education University and established a Scientific Inquiry Club with her colleagues as a platform for linking pre-service teachers' study at university to their practice a K-12 schools. As an international scholar funded by the China Ministry of Education, Xian has visited the Malone University in Ohio and the East-West Center in Hawaii. During her doctoral study she has been a Research Assistant in the project Large-Scale Data Mining and Evaluative Research on Academic Achievement and a Teaching Assistant working on online statistical classes. She completed her internship on psychometrics at the American Board of Family Medicine. At the Center she works on the C.A.T.S. project, focusing mainly on data management, data cleaning and analysis, and assisting on various reports.