Jennifer Joy Freyd, PhD is a psychology researcher, educator, and author. Her research on betrayal trauma and institutional courage have revolutionized the field of trauma psychology and the practice of institutional community-building.

Bio: Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD, is a researcher, author, educator, and consultant.  She currently is a Professor of Psychology at the University of Oregon and a  Fellow, 2018-19, at the Center for Advanced Study in the Behavioral Sciences at Stanford University.   Freyd is a widely published and nationally-renowned scholar whose work focuses on studies of betrayal trauma, institutional betrayal, and sexual violence, as well as minority discrimination, gender and sexual orientation, trauma and disclosures of abuse. She received her PhD in Psychology from Stanford University. The author or coauthor of over 200 articles and op-eds, Freyd is also the author of the Harvard Press award-winning book Betrayal Trauma: The Logic of Forgetting Childhood Abuse. Her most recent book Blind to Betrayal, co-authored with Pamela J. Birrell, was published by John Wiley, with seven additional translations. In 2014, Freyd was invited two times to the U.S. White House due to her research on sexual assault and institutional betrayal. Freyd has received numerous awards including being named a John Simon Guggenheim Fellow, 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 & Dissociation.

Twitter: You can follow Dr. Freyd on Twitter at @jjforegon.

 Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD

Jennifer J. Freyd, PhD




Hollywood’s greatest betrayal: How sexual predators used their power to operate in plain sight by Nicki DeMarco and Erin Patrick O'Connor, The Washington Post, 27 February 2018. Watch the 8 minute mini-documentary.

What happens when you witness sexual harassment in the workplace by Julia Carpenter, CNN Money, 9 February 2018.

How sexual harassment can affect mental health by Julia Carpenter, CNN Money, 26 January 2018.

Ashley Judd says women and companies need to learn the acronym DARVO, so they can disrupt it by Lila MacLellan, Quartz, 1 May 2018.

Famed cancer biologist allegedly sexually harassed women for decades, by Meredith Wadman, Science Magazine, 26 April 2018.

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