Bonomi, Amy E. Ph.D., M.P.H.

Professor and Chair

552 W. Circle Drive, 5A Human Ecology, East Lansing, MI 48824



Ph.D., Health Services, University of Washington; M.P.H., Social and Behavioral Sciences, University of Washington; B.S., Applied Psychology, Loyola University of Chicago


Amy Bonomi is Professor and Chair of the Human Development and Family Studies department. Dr. Bonomi’s research concentrates on the long-term health effects of intimate partner and sexual violence, and the intimacy dynamics that keep violent relationships intact. Dr. Bonomi and colleagues conducted one of the nation’s largest epidemiological studies of the long-term health impacts and health care costs associated with intimate partner and sexual violence. Follow up studies were then conducted in college populations. Recently, her team used audio-recorded telephone calls between incarcerated abusers and their victims to outline a five-stage process of how abusers manipulate victims to recant their stories in court. Finally, Dr. Bonomi’s most recent research examines emerging adult women’s interactions with popular culture that conveys hegemonic messaging and their risk of violence victimization, binge drinking, disordered eating and sexist beliefs. Dr. Bonomi is associate editor at the Journal of Women’s Health, and is the recipient of the Distinguished Scholar Award from the College of Education and Human Ecology at The Ohio State University. Dr. Bonomi writes a violence prevention blog for the Huffington Post and her research has been featured in USA Today, MSNBC, ABC, Fox News, BBC News, New York Daily News, Washington Post and the Chicago Tribune.

Focus Area

Human Development & Family Studies

Areas of Interest

  • Intimate partner violence risk, dynamics and outcomes
  • Popular culture and health behavior