Professor Pearl Berman, the chair of the Psychology Department, will be the next president of the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence (NPEIV). This partnership includes psychologists, criminologists, social workers, medical doctors, police officers, judges, and lay people from across the USA who are implementing a comprehensive plan to end interpersonal violence in three generations.
Berman goes to a violence prevention forum and international conference on violence, abuse, and trauma every year. The goal of the forum is to have intensive, solution-focused meetings to develop the agenda of work for the coming year. Each year, Berman brings students with her to the forum and conference.
At the forum, students attend all planning sessions and see “live” how to be a violence prevention professional. At the conference, students attend sessions and learn about cutting-edge research and clinical interventions that will only show up in textbooks five years later.
Berman introduces her students to professionals at both the forum and conference who can help further their careers. At the next conference in September 2018, research Berman has completed with two recent IUP graduates, Alaina Miller (currently attending Widener doctoral program) and Melanie McDaniel (currently employed as a domestic violence victim’s advocate) and IUP doctoral student Casey Boland, will be presented.