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Psychologist Kicks Off Sexual Assault Prevention & Education Speaker Series

Renee McDonald_web.jpgCONWAY, Ark. (September 21, 2018) – The first installment in a new lecture series at Hendrix College will take place next week, and will feature a psychologist known for her research related to intimate partner violence.

Dr. Renee McDonald will deliver the lecture, “Challenges and Opportunities for Reducing Sexual Assault on College Campuses” on Thursday, September 27, at 11:10 a.m. in Staples Auditorium.

McDonald is the Associate Dean for Research in Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College of Humanities and Science, and is a professor in the Department of Psychology. She is a consultant to academic departments and professional agencies around the country, and she has spearheaded efforts to document the prevalence of children’s exposure to intimate partner violence, to understand short- and long-term effects of violence on children, and to develop and evaluate treatments for children exposed to violence. The National Institute of Mental Health, the National Institute of Justice, the National Institute of Alcohol Abuse and Alcoholism, the Centers for Disease Control, and the Office of Juvenile Justice and Delinquency Prevention, U.S. Department of Justice have funded her research.

“This series is part our promise to the Hendrix community to provide more educational programming on Title IX and gender-based misconduct,” said Hendrix President William M. Tsutsui.

In addition to delivering her lecture, McDonald will also meet with staff, faculty, and students who sit on committees related to student life, diversity and dialogue, and sexual assault education and responsibility.

For details about this event, contact Dr. Leslie Zorwick at or 501-450-1493.

About Hendrix College

A private liberal arts college in Conway, Arkansas, Hendrix College consistently earns recognition as one of the country’s leading liberal arts institutions, and is featured in Colleges That Change Lives: 40 Schools That Will Change the Way You Think About Colleges. Its academic quality and rigor, innovation, and value have established Hendrix as a fixture in numerous college guides, lists, and rankings. Founded in 1876, Hendrix has been affiliated with the United Methodist Church since 1884. To learn more, visit