Diana Belliveau. B.A. is a Research Assistant at the Family Violence Research Program in the Sullivan Lab. Since joining the lab in 2019, Diana has provided support to three projects focused on intimate partner violence (IPV) among women. Specifically, Ms. Belliveau supports research of individual and structural factors associated with firearm exposure among women who have experienced IPV; how exposure to IPV affects women’s ability engage in care for HIV; and how to build a community-based domestic violence support group that can better assist survivors.
Prior to working in the Sullivan Lab, Ms. Belliveau earned her Bachelor of Arts degree in Psychological Science from Central Connecticut State University (CCSU). As an undergraduate, Ms. Belliveau presented her undergraduate research, Antisocial Behavior Subtypes: Trauma, Parenting Style, and Psychopathy in a Non-Clinical Sample at the national Eastern Psychological Association Conference in March 2019. She was also a peer tutor for Research Methods in Psychology at CCSU.
Since she began working with trauma survivors during her undergraduate internship at the New Britain Superior Court, in the Family Violence Victim Advocates’ office, she has developed several research interests, which include understanding the effects of past trauma on psychological adjustment, the development/trajectory of mental illness, and trauma survivors’ use of maladaptive coping strategies (e.g., substance use).