Assistant Professor of Human Development and Family Science

Nicole Conroy, Ph.D., is an Assistant Professor in the Human Development and Family Science program. Her research and teaching center on the contextual and transactional nature of human development and relationships, with a focus on strengths-based perspectives to promote positive development and healthy relationships. She has taught courses on power and interpersonal violence, human sexuality, research methods, family theories, and human development. She also contributes to several community-engaged learning opportunities for students, including teaching the program’s core civic learning course and mentoring undergraduates in student-led, applied research projects. She also serves on the UVM Community-Engaged Learning Advisory Committee.

Dr. Conroy's scholarship broadly examines the intersections of gender, power, control, and violence. Her current research explores the validity and practical utility of Johnson’s (2008) control-based typology of intimate partner violence; the role of gender in young adults’ experiences of dating violence; and stakeholder perspectives of university responses to sexual assault. Her work often includes collaborations with undergraduate and graduate students, campus stakeholders, and community partners.


Conroy, N. E., Crowley, C. G.,* & DeSanto, D. L. (2022). Assessing the state of empirical research on Johnson’s typology of violence: A systematic review. Journal of Family Violence. Advance online publication.

McDonald, K. E., Gibbons, C., Conroy, N. E. & Olick, R. S. (2022). Facilitating the inclusion of adults with intellectual disability as direct respondents in research: Strategies for fostering trust, respect, accessibility and engagement. Journal of Applied Research in Intellectual Disabilities, 35(1), 170-178. doi: 10.1111/jar.12936.

Conroy, N. E., McDonald, K. E., & Olick, R. S. (2021). A survey study of the attitudes and experiences of adults with intellectual disability regarding participation in research. Journal of Intellectual Disability Research, 65(10), 941-948.

Dolan, C. V.,* & Conroy, N. E. (2021). Centering transgender survivors' experiences of intimate partner violence victimization: A critique of dominant approaches to research and service provision. Violence and Victims, 36(4), 493-508.

Conroy, N. E., & Crowley, C. G. (2021). Extending Johnson’s typology: Additional manifestations of dating violence and coercive control. Journal of Interpersonal Violence,(),088626052110051. 10.1177/08862605211005149

Leone, J. M. & Conroy, N. E. (2019). Power and interpersonal violence. In C. R. Agnew & J. J. Harman (Eds.), Power in close relationships: Advances in personal relationships (pp. 225-240). Cambridge University Press.

Sheth, A. J., Mcdonald, K. E., Fogg, L., Conroy, N. E., Elms, E. H., Kraus, L. E., Frieden, L., & Hammel, J. (2019). Satisfaction, safety, and supports: Comparing people with disabilities’ insider experiences about participation in institutional and community living. Disability and Health Journal, 12(4), 712-717. 10.1016/J.DHJO.2019.06.011

Ettinger, L., Conroy, N., & Barr, W. (2019). What Late-Career and Retired Women Engineers Tell Us: Gender Challenges in Historical Context. Engineering Studies, 11(3), 217-242. 10.1080/19378629.2019.1663201

Krishnakumar, A., Conroy, N. E., Narine, L. (2018). Correlates of sex-specific young adult college student dating violence typologies: A latent class analysis approach. Psychology of Violence, 8, 151-162. doi: 10.1037/vio0000116

McDonald, K., Conroy, N. E., Olick, R. S., & Project ETHICS Expert Panel. (2018). A quantitative study of attitudes toward the research participation of adults with intellectual disability: Do stakeholders agree? Disability and Health Journal, 11, 345-350. doi:

McDonald, K., Conroy, N. E., Olick, R. S., & Project ETHICS Expert Panel. (2017). What’s the harm? Harms in research with adults with intellectual disability. American Journal on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 122, 78-92.

McDonald, K., Conroy, N. E., Olick, R. S., & Project ETHICS Expert Panel. (2016). Is it worth it? Benefits in research with adults with intellectual disability. Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities, 54, 440-453.

McDonald, K., Conroy, N. E., Kim, C. I., LoBraico, E. J., Prather, E. M., Olick, R. S., & Project ETHICS Expert Panel. (2016). Is safety in the eye of the beholder? Safeguards in research with adults with intellectual disability. Journal of Empirical Research on Human Research Ethics. Advance online publication.

Conroy, N. E., Krishnakumar, A., Leone, J. M. (2014). Reexamining issues of conceptualization and willing consent: The role of coercion in experiences of sexual acquiescence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30, 1828 1846.

Conroy, N. E. (2013). Rethinking adolescent peer sexual harassment: Contributions of feminist theory. Journal of School Violence, 12, 340-356.

Fodor, E., Wick, D., & Conroy, N. E. (2012). Power motivation as an influence on reaction to a potential dating partner. Motivation and Emotion, 36, 301-310.

Awards and Recognition

John Dewey Award for Excellence in Teaching, College of Education and Social Services, University of Vermont (2022)

Outstanding New Community-Engaged Learning Faculty Award, Office of Community-Engaged Learning, University of Vermont (2020)

Martha Trescott Prize (Ettinger et al., 2019), Society for the History of Technology (2020)

Doctoral Research Prize, David B. Falk College, Syracuse University (2017)

Associations and Affiliations

National Council on Family Relations (NCFR) Member

NCFR Feminism and Family Science Section, Treasurer/Secretary and Executive Committee Member

Nicole Conroy

Areas of Expertise and/or Research

  • Power, control, and intimate partner violence
  • Gender and intimate partner violence
  • Sexual coercion, violence, and consent
  • Human development and identity


  • Ph.D. in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University
  • M.S. in Child and Family Studies from Syracuse University
  • B.S. in Psychology and History from Clarkson University


Office Location:

208 Mann Hall

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