Victim Researcher Profile

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Martie P. Thompson



South Carolina


Clemson University





Community psychology, epdidemiology


More than 20 years


My training and research experiences have provided me a strong foundation in violence research. I have a doctorate in Community Psychology from Georgia State University where I received a National Research Service Award (NRSA) to conduct my dissertation study with family members of homicide victims. I then completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences at Emory University where I conducted another NRSA-funded research project with children who had lost a parent to violent, accidental, or natural death. I also worked on a study funded by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to investigate the link between partner violence and suicidality. Through these experiences, I gained important knowledge and skills in conducting clinically relevant research in the areas of violence, suicidality, and trauma. I then served as an Epidemic Intelligence Service Officer in the Division of Violence Prevention at the CDC, learning how to conduct epidemiological research in the area of violence prevention. I am currently a Professor at Clemson University in the Department of Youth, Family, and Community Studies. Since being at Clemson, I have continued to conduct violence-related research. With funding from NIH, I led a research team to study the predictors and consequences of sexual violence victimization and conducted a 4-year longitudinal study examining trajectories of sexual violence perpetration and predictors of these trajectories. I also serve as a Co-Investigator on a National Institute of Justice-funded grant to compare the effects of two evidence-based approaches on outcomes related to bullying, violent behavior and attitudes, bystander efficacy, and perceptions of school safety and climate. Additionally, I am a subject matter expert for the National Crime Victims Research and Treatment Center, in cooperation with the Office for Victims of Crime, to address mass violence and victimization. I also consulted on Columbia University's Sexual Health Initiative to Foster Transformation initiative. Further, I serve on Clemson's Sexual Violence Task Force and Title IX Hearing Board. I have authored over 100 articles on violence, suicidality, and other forms of trauma, reflecting my contribution to the field as well as my successful collaboration with others in ensuring the dissemination of findings.


Bullying, Campus Sexual Assault, Child Abuse and Sexual Abuse, Dating Violence (Teen), Domestic and Family Violence, Homicide Survivors/Co-victims



Data collection, Descriptive studies, Program evaluation, Quantitative studies, Quasi-experimental studies, Randomized controlled trial


Data collection, Descriptive studies, Program evaluation, Quantitative studies, Randomized controlled trial