Friday Mar 10, 2023

Dr. Monica Kearney: Assessing Signs of Dating Violence | Reloscope #17

What does violence look like in a romantic relationship? Does it always go through physical violence, or could it be something mental too? How do we identify signs of dating violence?

In this episode of Reloscope: The Relationships Science Insights Podcast, host Aditi Kutty dives deep into this topic with Dr. Monica Kearney, or Dr. K for short.

She received her Ph.D. in Counseling Psychology from the University of Maryland, College Park. As a doctoral candidate, her research focused on the relationship between gender roles and dating violence and college students’ abilities to recognize warning signs of dating violence.

Currently, she is conducting research to encourage undergraduate students to engage in social justice and advocacy within their communities. Dr. K. has taught classes centering on the development of basic helping skills, the psychology of women, understanding multiculturalism from a psychological perspective, and understanding the experiences of men, the concept of masculinity, and the impact of gender roles and other social identities on mental health.

Dr. K. serves on the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Committee within the Department of Psychology at the University of Maryland. In this role, she has co-led several workshops for faculty members at the University on decentering whiteness from their courses and addressing microaggressions in the classroom.

In 2022, Dr. K. received the College of Behavioral and Social Science (BSOS) Excellence in Teaching Award, the BSOS Excellence in Diversity and Inclusion Award, the Social Justice Alliance Instructor of the Year Award, and the Department of Psychology’s Student Choice Award. Dr. K shares how we can identify signs of dating violence, violence effects on a romantic relationship, and best practices to avoid dating violence from happening or go away from dating violence when we have a relationship.

Follow Dr. K’s works via or connect with her via Instagram @drmkearney.

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