Wednesday, October 12  •  12pm  •  University of Pittsburgh

Room 2017, Cathedral of Learning. Lunch is provided. No RSVP needed.

Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., is professor and director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA), a collaboration of the UT Austin’s School of Social Work, School of Nursing, School of Law, and the Bureau of Business Research, with over a 150 affiliate community organizations. Bush-Armendariz is also associate vice president for research at UT Austin’s Office of the Vice President for Research.

Busch-Armendariz’s areas of specialization are interpersonal violence, refugees, victims of human trafficking and asylees, and international social work. Since joining UT Austin, Busch-Armendariz has directed research for the federal National Institute of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime, Office of Violence Against Women, Texas Office of the Attorney General, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and the Texas Health and Human Service Commission.

Prior to moving to Austin, Busch-Armendariz was director of research and special projects and interim director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Busch-Armendariz has years of experience working to end violence against women and their children and has worked as a battered woman’s advocate, support group leader, program director, and registered lobbyist. She has worked directly with incarcerated battered women who killed their batterers and regularly facilitates therapeutic support groups. She also regularly trains professionals on issues of violence against women and their children at local, state, and national meetings and conferences and has published many articles on the topic. She regularly teaches child welfare workers about the links between child maltreatment and domestic violence and adult protective service workers about sexual abuse of vulnerable adults.

Busch-Armendariz has served as an expert witness in dozens of criminal, civil, and immigration cases involving domestic violence and sexual assault. She co-directs a national training on how to be an ethical and effective expert witness. She also is called upon regularly to serve as an expert to Texas House and Senate committees.

In addition to her work in the area of interpersonal violence, Busch-Armendariz began working with refugees and immigrants in 1986 as an immigrant assistant and previously served as principal investigator of the Green Leaf Project, which provides intensive health and mental health services to refugees, victims of trafficking, asylees, and other immigrants in Central Texas. She is also principal investigator of several research projects exploring the needs of refugee and asylee families and victims of human trafficking by interviewing victims of these crimes.