Andrew Schramm, Doctoral Student

Andrew Schramm has been a member of AVA since 2010. He graduated from Concordia College in 2009 with a B.A. from the psychology honors program and a minor in Spanish. As an undergraduate student, Andrew volunteered as a crisis intervention advocate for the Rape and Abuse Crisis Center of Fargo-Moorhead, a powerful experience that continues to propel Andrew's interest in this field. After graduating from Concordia, Andrew taught for two years with the Teach for America program in Houston, TX. He then worked for two years under the direction of Dr. Carla Sharp as a research coordinator at the Menninger Clinic, one of the nation's top inpatient psychiatric hospitals. In this role, Andrew co-authored a manuscript on borderline personality disorder and emotion dysregulation and co-authored several presentations made at national conferences on topics including non-suicidal self-injury and attachment.

Currently, Andrew is a doctoral student in clinical-community psychology at the University of South Carolina (USC), where he is engaged in research on interpersonal violence, phenomena underlying the perpetration of violence, and the psychological impact of experiencing violence. In collaboration with his advisor Dr. Suzanne Swan and others, Andrew is exploring the construct of reproductive coercion and its temporal relation to violent behavior. Andrew has also conducted research on the malleability of attitudes such as sexism, and recently presented the results of an investigation on using manipulations of injunctive social norms to influence sexist attitudes. Finally, and more generally, Andrew hopes to influence the intersection of evidence and public policy by promoting the use of data to inform policy and advocacy efforts. This focus is captured by a project he is involved in on the physical and mental health of persons experiencing homelessness in South Carolina, where policymakers recently decided against expanding access to Medicaid.

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