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Jennifer M. Gómez

Jennifer M. Gómez

Wayne State University
Fellow, 2021-22

During her time at CASBS, Jennifer M. Gómez will write her book, Cultural Betrayal, Sexual Abuse, & Healing for Black Women & Girls: From Black Lives Matter to Me Too. With a contract from the American Psychological Association (APA) Books, this will be the first book to use the cultural betrayal trauma theory (CBTT) research to contribute to academic and national discussions regarding anti-Black racism and sexual violence. In synthesizing the CBTT research and other transdisciplinary scholarship, this book will provide implications for culturally competent therapy, radical healing, and institutional courage .

Gómez’ primary research focus is CBTT, which she created as a framework for researching the mental, behavioral, physical, and cultural health impact of violence on Black and other marginalized youth, young adults, and elders within the context of inequality. Recognized by the National Academy of Sciences and funded by the Ford Foundation Fellowship Programs, Gómez has published over 60 peer-reviewed journal articles, book chapters, scholarly writings, and pieces for the general public.

Gómez is an assistant professor in the department of psychology and Merrill Palmer Skillman Institute for Child & Family Development (MPSI) at Wayne State University. She received her PhD in psychology from University of Oregon in 2017.  For more information, visit