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V. Elizabeth King

College of Family and Consumer Sciences

Human Development and Family Science

Graduate Research Assistant

Elizabeth is a doctoral student with a background in child welfare, focusing on traumatic stress, human rights, and child memory.

Dawson Hall
305 Sanford Dr.
Athens, GA 30602

vek03478@uga.edu

Education

Degree Field of Study Institution Graduation
Master of Education Child Studies (Psychology & Human Development) Vanderbilt University 2020
Graduate Certificates Poverty & Intervention; Latino & Latina Studies Vanderbilt University 2020
Bachelor of Arts Sociology/Anthropology with a minor in Education Studies Middlebury College 2013.5

Research

Elizabeth brings her experience working in the child welfare, Child Advocacy Center, and criminal justice fields as a child forensic interviewer and multidisciplinary investigative team facilitator to her research perspectives. She is broadly interested in the social-ecological etiology of childhood trauma in historically marginalized populations; the potential of national and organizational policy to impact well-being throughout the lifespan; and interventions to improve best practices for professionals or layprofessionals who interface with trauma-exposed populations. Currently, Elizabeth works under the direction of Dr. Elizabeth Wieling on projects related to developing ecologically responsive multi-component systemic interventions for populations exposed to mass traumas. This research is being conducted primarily with immigrant and refugee communities in the U.S. and in low-income post-conflict settings internationally. 

Elizabeth's primary research interest is the use of trauma-informed, developmentally appropriate, investigative interviewing techniques for eliciting accounts of trauma and violence that would constitute a need for international protection (e.g., "credible fear" interviews; human rights violations; investigation of atrocity crimes).  Elizabeth is engaged in her own scholarship to (a) define current knowledge of Latin American youth refugees' experiences of trauma; (b) to define and assess the developmental and cultural appropriateness of current practices in interviewing asylum-seeking children at the US border; and (c) understand the role of traumatic stress knowledge in child forensic interviewer practices in North America. Currently, Elizabeth is working on three main projects: a study of child forensic interviewer knowledge of traumatic stress; the preliminary development of a theory of moral disengagement to support interventions on the behavior of State actors at the US Southern border; and a secondary data analysis (Fragile Families) exploring the relation between child autistic traits, harsh parenting, and the development of child traumatic stress symptoms in adolescence. 

Elizabeth also writes about J.R.R. Tolkien's literary work in her free time, which she has presented at the Tolkien Society and the Popular Culture Association (upcoming).

Prior Professional Positions

Organization Title Years of Service
Vanderbilt University Graduate Research & Evaluation Assistant (Human & Organizational Development; Teaching & Learning) 2
YWCA of Nashville & Middle Tennessee Domestic Violence Specialist 1
Randolph-Tucker Children's Advocacy Center Multidisciplinary Investigative Team Coordinator & Lead Forensic Interviewer; Clinical Supervisor of Forensic Interviewers 5
Ripton Elementary School Student Teacher 1
Middlebury College Research Assistant, Tutor, Monitor, and Academic Coordinator (English & American Literature; Gender, Sexuality & Feminist Studies; Women's Resource Center; Queer Studies House) 4

Awards

Award Name Awarded By Year Awarded
FACS Funds for Excellence Scholarship University of Georgia 2021
Graduate School Research Assistantship University of Georgia 2020-2024
Dean's Academic Tuition Scholarship Vanderbilt University 2018-2020
West Virginia's "Forty Under Forty" The State Journal & West Virginia Child Advocacy Network 2018
Segal AmeriCorps Education Award AmeriCorps 2013
Student Leadership Award Nominee Middlebury College 2013
Feminist of the Year Middlebury College 2011

Service

Organization Title Year(s) Service Type
Georgia College Transition Partnership Student Member; Program Evaluation Workgroup Member 2022-present Multi-university project to support autistic students' transition to workforce or grad school
GSA Diversity & Inclusion Committee Member 2021-present Student leadership at university level, including development of annual needs assessment for grad students with disabilities & creation of an independent student organization
Graduate Student Association HDFS Representative 2021-present Student leadership at university level
HDFS Graduate Student Organization Vice President 2021-present Student leadership at department level, including development of HDFS grad students needs assessment

Advisory Committee

My advisory committee currently consists of three individuals: Dr. Elizabeth Wieling (major professor) and Dr. Margaret Caughy, both in HDFS at UGA; and Dr. Sonja Brubacher, of Griffith University's Centre for Investigative Interviewing.

Areas of Expertise

child and family trauma; immigration (discplacement & refugees); forensic and investigative interviewing; program evaluation

Professional Affiliations

  • Society for Applied Research in Memory and Cognition (2021 to present)
  • Society for Research in Child Development (Latinx Caucus; 2020 to present)
  • American Psychological Association (2019 to present)
  • Society for Community Research and Action (Immigrant Justice Group; 2018 to present)
  • American Professional Society on the Abuse of Children (2018 to present)

Journal Articles

Published

  • Leyva, L., McNeill, T., Balmer, B., Marshall, B., King, V.E. & Alley, Z. (in press). Black Queer Students’ Counter-stories of Invisibility in Undergraduate STEM as a White, Cisheteropatriarchal Space. American Educational Research Journal. 
  • Curtis, M., Boe, J., King, V.E., & Osborne, K. (2022). Quantitative criticalism: guidelines for conducting transformative quantitative family science research. Journal of Family Theory & Review. https://doi.org/10.1111/jftr.12449 Online open access here.
  • Buckingham, S.L., Langhout, R.D., Rusch, D., Mehta, T., Chávez, N.R., Ferreira van Leer, K., Oberoi, A., Indart, M., Paloma, V., King, V.E., & Olson, B. (2021). The roles of settings in supporting immigrants’ resistance to injustice and oppression: A policy position statement by the Society for Community Research and Action. American Journal of Community Psychology. https://doi.org/10.1002/ajcp.12515 Online open access here.

Under Review

  • 1 Revise & Resubmit

Publications

Conference Presentations

  • King, V.E. (2021, November 2-5). Latin American Immigrant Youth's Traumatic Exposure Across Social Ecological Levels and Migration Stages: A Systematic Review of the Literature [Poster session]. International Society for Traumatic Stress Studies 37th Annual Meeting. (online) 
  • Buckingham, S.L., Ferreira van Leer, K.; Oberoi, A.; Olson, B.; Rusch, D.; King, V.E.; Indart, M.; Chávez, N.R.; Mehta, T. (2021, August 12-14). Giving Psychology Away: Considering Tensions in Public Interest Policy Advocacy [Conference panel]. American Psychological Association Annual Meeting 2021. (online)
  • King, V.E. (2021, July 4-5). “The Burnt Hand Teaches Most About Fire”: Applying Traumatic Stress and Ecological Frameworks to Narratives of Displacement and Resettlement Across Cultures in Tolkien’s Middle-earth [Conference presentation]. The Tolkien Society Summer Seminar, Oxford, England. (online) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zj4N_cyKTDI
  • Ellis, E., King, V.E., & Trejo, A. (2021, June 24-26) The Intersection of Detention, Traumatic Stress & Suicide: A Review of the Literature and Implications for Policy [Conference presentation]. American Family Therapy Academy Conference. (online)
  • Leyva, L.A., McNeill, T., King, V.E., & Marshall, B.L. (2021, April 11-13). "I Really Avoid Any Way of Being Seen as a Sexual Being to My Peers": Embodied Oppressions and Agency among Queer Women of Color in Undergraduate STEM [Conference presentation]. American Education Research Association Conference, Orlando, FL, United States. (online)
  • Leyva, L.A, McNeill, T., Balmer, B.R., Marshall, B.L., King, V.E., & Alley, Z. (2021, April 11-13). A Counterstorytelling of Black Queer Students’ Experiences of Queer of Color Invisibility in Undergraduate STEM as a White, Cisheteropatriarchal Space [Conference presentation]. American Education Research Association Conference, Orlando, FL, United States. (online)
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