and Kathryn Bonach, Department of Psychology, participated in the 19th annual International Conference
on Violence, Abuse, and Trauma in San Diego, California, September 5–10, 2014. This conference draws
participants from across the country and the world and includes a Think Tank
for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV).
there were attendees from as far away as Hong Kong, Guam, and Spain as well as
from across the USA and Canada. There
was a board of directors meeting of NPEIV the evening of September 5, where
members of the executive committee—Victor Vieth, Robert Geffner, and Jackie
White—presented their yearly report to the board, which included Berman and Bonach. The
Think Tank work spearheaded by Berman and Bonach was cited as an example
of excellence at the meeting. The annual Think Tank was held September 6 and is an intensive set of sessions designed to develop the
detailed goals and objectives for NPEIV for the coming year. Berman is the
co-chair with Bettye Mitchell of Action Team 2, which focuses on the use of
educational strategies and mentoring to end interpersonal violence. Bonach
is the chair-elect of this action team and will take her position as co-chair
in January 2016.
Two IUP students, Marissa Perrone and Irina Khrapatina,
from the Psychology Department participated in the Think Tank.
Action Team 2
was involved in presenting research each day of the conference and also acted
as chairs of presentations led by other researchers. While the Think Tank and
conference were intense and exhausting experiences, a lighter note was provided
by Bob Geffner, one of the founding members of NPEIV, who has a worldwide
reputation in the area of violence prevention. To raise money for NPEIV, he
agree to perch himself in a dunk tank and let conference attendees have the
opportunity, at $10 a throw, to send him down under the water. Berman,
doubting her throwing arm, sponsored Bonach and Vieth to take
shots at Geffner. It is with IUP pride that Bonach sent him reeling
into the water for a profound splash. Vieth then sent his buddy reeling
back into the water after he had barely re-perched himself.
Department of Psychology