Jennifer Freyd, Department of Psychology

Jennifer Freyd

Jennifer Freyd

Professor Emerit
Practice Areas: Campus Sexual Violence, Domestic Violence, Minority Discrimination, Physical and Mental Health, Betrayal Trauma, Institutional Betrayal, DARVO

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Jennifer Freyd is an academic expert in sexual harassment, campus sexual violence, betrayal trauma, and institutional betrayal. Jennifer researches the causes and impacts of interpersonal violence. She is currently studying betrayal trauma as it relates to child abuse, sexual harassment, campus sexual violence, institutional betrayal, and institutional courage. Jennifer coined the term DARVO (Deny, Attack, Reverse Victim and Offender), which refers to how perpetrators may respond to a wrong doing.

Recent Media: 
Reversing Blame (Newsweek Pakistan, Jan. 19, 2021)
The Memory War (New York Magazine, Jan. 4, 2021)
This is the biggest mistake people make with microagressions at work (Fast Company, Nov. 2, 2020)
Tania Culver Humphrey: The Woman Who “Saved Mercy Corps” (Nonprofit Quarterly, Sept. 30, 2020)
Barr's Move to Defend Trump Against Carroll Is a Betrayal of All Survivors | Opinion (Newsweek, Sept. 11, 2020)
Harassment can drive people out of the academy. Here are 3 ways colleges can fight back. (The Chronicle of Higher Education, Nov. 21, 2019)
Las universitarias de EEUU, indefensas ante los violadores (El Periódico, Nov. 12, 2019)
Science chief at NIH drug abuse institute resigned after sexual misconduct probe (Science Magazine, Nov. 5, 2019)
Peer pressure (Inside Higher Ed, Oct. 25, 2019)
Following the return of two disciplined professors, students advocate for policy changes (Minnesota Daily, Sept. 25, 2019)
All of Trump’s arguments about E. Jean Carroll, debunked (ThinkProgress, June 25, 2019)
R. Kelly Played the Victim—And It’s a Tactic We’ve Seen Before (FLARE, March 6, 2019)
Unpacking the stoicism of Michael Jackson’s victims (The Cut, March 5, 2019)
Vanessa Tyson draws support for assault allegation against Justin Fairfax (New York Times, Feb. 8, 2019)
A case against forgiveness (CBC Radio, Oct. 26, 2018)
How to spot a pattern of denials in the #MeToo movement (CBC Radio, Oct. 26, 2018)
The battle over Brett Kavanaugh has ended. But the pain his hearing triggered has not (TIME, Oct. 11,2018)
The persistence of memory: Christine Blasey Ford knows exactly what she's talking about (New York Daily News, Sept. 27, 2018)
She's smarter than them (VICE, Sept. 27, 2018)
Kavanaugh shows the disgusting underbelly of America's elite schools (VICE, Sept. 24, 2018)
How do we end an epidemic of clergy sex abuse? (WNPR, Aug. 21, 2018)
Famed cancer biologist allegedly sexually harassed women for decades (Science Magazine, April 26, 2018)
Oregon psychology professor talks psychology of sexual harassment (The Stanford Daily, April 13, 2018)
She wanted a Hollywood career. Her agent wanted sex. (USA Today, March 22, 2018)
Margaret Atwood to donate to sexual-violence fund (The Globe and Mail, March 9, 2018)
Hollywood’s greatest betrayal: How sexual predators used their power to operate in plain sight (The Washington Post, Feb. 27, 2018)
What happens when you witness sexual harassment in the workplace (CNN Money, Feb. 9, 2018)
Sentencing of Larry Nassar closes one chapter in the #Metoo movement (Voice of America, Jan. 25, 2018)
Trauma isn’t rare. How to acknowledge it in your own life, and move on (Quartz, Jan. 14, 2018)
When sexual assault victims speak out, their institutions often betray them (The Conversation, Jan. 11, 2018)
Trump’s DARVO defense of harassment accusations (Boston Globe, Dec. 20, 2017)
Here’s what a backlash against #MeToo might look like (KQED, Dec. 14, 2017)
#AfterMeToo event calls for new policies against sexual misconduct (CBC News, Dec. 6, 2017)
Campus sexual assault policy (Oregon Public Broadcasting, Sept. 19, 2017)
What’s required of a professor who learns of a student’s rape? One university seeks a nuanced answer (The Chronicle of Higher Education, May 25, 2017)