Faculty Profile

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

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


Areas of interest


Curriculum Vitae


Amy Bonomi is director of MSU’s Children and Youth Institute, co-administrator of the Women’s Leadership Institute, and faculty member in the Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence. Trained in public health at the University of Washington, her research focuses on the health impacts, contexts for, and dynamics of intimate partner violence and sexual violence. Her recent publications focus on sexual violence, including the relationship to popular culture messaging, along with media literacy tools to aid movie-goers in detecting abuse, power, control and harm in relationships. In recognition of her work in violence prevention, in 2011, Dr. Bonomi was awarded the Distinguished Scholar Award from The Ohio State University’s College of Education and Human Ecology. Based on her experiences as a woman leader in academia, Dr. Bonomi is co-editor (with Callie Rennison) of Women Leading Change in Academia: Breaking the Glass Ceiling, Cliff and Slipper—which convenes the perspectives of 23 diverse academic leaders from across the United States on critical issues facing women leaders in higher education (https://titles.cognella.com/women-leading-change-in-academia-9781516548255).

Select Publications

Campus Sexual Assault:

  • Bonomi AE.  Rethinking campus sexual assault:  we must be leaders in anti-bias practices, civil rights and human rights.  Journal of Family Violence April 2019; 34(3): 185–188.
  • Nawyn S, Bonomi A.  Inside MSU:  Taking risks to improve climate.  Journal of American College Health 2018; 67(3): 189–190.
  • Bonomi AE, Nichols E, Kammes R, Chugani C, DeGenna N, Jones K, Miller E.  Alcohol, mental health disability and violence victimization in college women:  Exploring connections.  Violence Against Women 2018 Sep;24(11):1314-1326.
  • Nichols E, Bonomi AE, Kammes R, Miller E.  Service seeking experiences of college-aged sexual and intimate partner violence victims with a mental health and/or behavioral disability.  Journal of American College Health 2018 Aug-Sep;66(6):487-495.
  • Bonomi AE, Nichols E, Kammes R, Green T.  Sexual violence and intimate partner violence in college women with a disability.  Journal of Women’s Health 2018 Mar;27(3):359-368.

Popular Culture:

  • Altenburger LE, Carotta C, Bonomi AE, Snyder A.  Gender role attitudes among emerging adult readers of Fifty Shades fiction.  Archives of Sexual Behavior 2017; Feb;46(2):455-464.
  • Bonomi AE, Altenburger L, Walton N.  “Double crap!”  Abuse and harmed identity in Fifty Shades of Grey.  Journal of Women’s Health 2013; 22(9):733-44.  doi: 10.1089/jwh.2013.4344
  • Bonomi AE, Eaton AA, Nemeth JM, Gillum TL.  The Abuse Litmus Test:  A classroom tool to assess power and control in on-screen relationships.  Family Relations 2017;66(1):154-165.
  • Bonomi AE, Nemeth J, Altenburger LE, Anderson ML, Snyder A, Dotto I.  Fiction or not?  Fifty Shades is associated with health risks in adolescent and young adult females.  Journal of Women’s Health 2014; 23(9):720-8.
  • Bonomi AE, Nichols E, Carotta CL, Perry S, Kiuchi Y.  Young women’s perceptions of the relationship in Fifty Shades of Grey.  Journal of Women’s Health 2016;25(2):139-48.

Victim Recantation:

  • Bonomi AE, Gangamma R, Locke C, Katafiasz H, Martin D.  “Meet me at the hill where we used to park:”  Interpersonal processes associated with victim recantation.  Social Science and Medicine 2011;73:1054-1061.
  • Bonomi A, Martin, D, Gangamma R, Grabmeir J.  New insights on the process of victim recantation.  Domestic Violence Report 2013; 18(4): 49-51.
  • Bonomi AE, Martin D.  Witness tampering involving children and the use of civil legal aid to buffer against it.  Domestic Violence Report Dec 2018/Jan 2019;24(2).
  • Bonomi AE, Martin D.  Jail calls:  What do kids have to do with it?  Journal of Family Violence February 2018, 33(2):  99–102.

Selected Publications

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