Psychology & Peace Studies
Dana Townsend (psychology & peace studies) earned a BS in Neuroscience and a BA in English Writing from the University of Pittsburgh as well as an MA in International Conflict Resolution and Mediation from Tel Aviv University. After graduating, she worked with KEYS Service Corps mentoring youth in sustainable community development and with the American Psychological Association managing international databases and communications.
Dana's research broadly focuses on children and adolescents in contexts of political violence and armed conflict, applying mixed methods and a developmental psychopathology framework to more clearly understand how youth experience, interpret, and adapt to various forms of violence over time. In line with this, she is also interested in translating research on youth and political violence into empirically-grounded and culturally-valid prevention/intervention programs that identify and strengthen protective factors in the family, community, and political systems. She is a Notre Dame Presidential Fellow.
Director of Doctoral Studies