Nancy Thoennes

Nancy Thoennes, Ph.D., Associate Director, Center for Policy Research
Education: 
Ph.D., University of Denver

Nancy has worked with the Center for Policy Research in Denver, Colo. since its inception. She has extensive experience within the areas of child abuse and neglect and intimate partner violence. She conducted some of the first empirical research on sexual abuse allegations in custody disputes and some of the first work on the use of court based mediation to resolve child abuse and neglect cases. Nancy has evaluated dependency mediation programs in over 15 jurisdictions nationally. She was also a member of the national research team charged with the evaluation of the Court Improvement Program and she works extensively with the Court Improvement Program of Louisiana.

Nancy served as the lead analyst for the Violence Again Woman Project, the first collaborative venture between the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the National Institute of Justice. This study explored physical violence, sexual assault, threats and stalking over the life span. It collected data from nationally representative samples of 8,000 women and 8,000 men and gathered data on victimization by intimate partners, strangers, and family members.

Nancy has also worked extensively in the area of fatherhood and co-parenting. She received her Ph.D. from the University of Denver.

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