Harassment in the Lab: Institutional Betrayal as a Barrier for Women in Science

Helen Diller 160 - Mission Bay (+ live-streaming to Parnassus S214)

Harassment in the Lab: Institutional Betrayal as a Barrier for Women in Science

a seminar with Dr. Jennifer Freyd, PhD, professor of psychology, University of Oregon

Drawing on 25 years of research and theory her presentation will include information about institutional betrayal. Dr. Freyd will present data from some of her research studies, including results from a study of sexual harassment of graduate students. Included will be suggestions for how institutions can constructively address sexual harassment and promote institutional courage.


This event is organized and hosted by: the Women in Life Science Group, the Science Policy Group, the Graduate Division, and Campus Advocacy Resources & Education (CARE)

About the Speaker
Dr. Jennifer FreydJennifer J. Freyd, PhD, is a professor of psychology at the University of Oregon. She received her bachelor’s degree in anthropology from the University of Pennsylvania and her PhD in psychology from Stanford University. Freyd directs a laboratory investigating the impact of interpersonal and institutional trauma on mental and physical health, behavior, and society.  Freyd’s laboratory has conducted two campus-wide sexual victimization surveys at the University of Oregon.  The author or coauthor of 200 articles, Freyd is also the author of the Harvard Press award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. Her book Blind to Betrayal, co-authored with Pamela J. Birrell, was published in 2013, with seven additional translations. In recent years, Freyd has participated in numerous efforts regarding the application of behavioral science to interpersonal and institutional victimization, from promoting good methodology regarding measuring campus sexual violence to evaluating and implementing effective interventions and policies.  In 2014, Freyd was invited two times to the White House. Freyd has received numerous awards including being named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow and an Erskine Fellow at the University of Canterbury in New Zealand, and a Fellow of the American Association for the Advancement of Science. In April 2016 Freyd was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the International Society for the Study of Trauma & Dissociation.  Freyd currently serves as the editor of the Journal of Trauma and Dissociation.