The Psychology Department is composed of nine substantive program areas, with each faculty person participating in one or more areas. Graduate students in the department belong to one area, and the different program areas can have different curricula and requirements. The program area structure is fairly flexible, and the department encourages collaboration and interaction across areas. Faculty often are loosely affiliated with multiple program areas, and students regularly work with faculty from multiple areas. The program areas are:
Suvarna is supervised by Dr. Nicole Allen and studies violence against women (VAW) in India and the community response to violence. Her most recent study examined the formal response to VAW in India through interviews with key community stakeholders.These included formal responders like police officers, NGO workers, lawyers and government officials, aiming to examine the current status of coordinated response in India. She is currently studying women’s experiences of sexual harassment in public spaces and bystander efforts in India. She is also part of a collaborative effort (which includes multiple campus units including the Women's Resource Center, the Office of the Dean of Students, Fraternity and Sorority Affairs and the Office of Diversity, Equity and Access) to implement ICARE, a bystander intervention program to prevent sexual assault on campus. She is leading the evaluation component of this program. At present, she is the project coordinator and instructor for a community-based advocacy program for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault where she trains and supervises undergraduate student advocates.
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