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April L. Few-Demo, PhD
Associate Professor

Department of Human Development Email: alfew@vt.edu

401-A Wallace Hall (0416) Office: 540.231.2664

Virginia Tech Fax: 540.231.7012

Blacksburg, VA 24061 USA Web: www.humandevelopment.vt.edu/fewdemo.html

EDUCATION
PhD University of Georgia, Department of Child & Family Development, 1999

Women’s Studies Graduate Certificate, 1997
MA Monterey Institute of International Studies, International Policy Studies, 1993
BA University of Georgia, Political Science, 1991, magna cum laude


SELECTED FUNDED INTERNAL & SPONSORED GRANTS OR RESEARCH

Grafsky, E., Few-Demo, A. L., Zvonkovic, A., & DeBord, K. (2014, March). An intersectional approach to lgbtq+ individuals & families across the lifespan: Developing a scholarly network and engaging campus and community. CLAHS Department Diversity Grant. Co-PI. Requested Funding Amount: $3,000.00. [Funding period: August 2014 – June 1, 2015]


Few-Demo, A. L., & Wilkins, E. Niles Research Grant from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences. Awarded the amount of $1,475.00. Wilkins is the Co-PI and site coordinator for project in Philadelphia, PA. This pilot study focuses on developing an intervention program for low-income African American women at risk for HIV/AIDS. [Funding period: July, 2013 – June, 2014].  
Wilkins, E., & Few-Demo, A. L. Drexel University Career Development Award, an internal research grant at Drexel University. I am co-PI on this proposed project and serve a qualitative research methodologist and mentor. Awarded the amount of $7,235.00. This pilot study focuses on developing an intervention program for low-income African American women at risk for HIV/AIDS. [Funding period: July, 2013 – May, 2014].  
Few, A. L., & Harrison, A. K. Coordinated School Visit Program. Awarded $162,572.00 from the Office of the Provost, Virginia Tech. This 3-year diversity initiative partners with Virginia Tech’s Task Force on Race and the Institution, Karen Eley Sanders (Assistant Provost and Director of Academic Support Services), Marilyn Kershaw (Director, Graduate Student Recruiting), Nini Smiley Barber (Associate Director, Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program; MAOP), and Kevin McDonald (Director, Office of Equal Opportunity; OEO). [Funding period: Fall, 2007 – Spring 2009]
Few, A. L., Leonard, R., Harrison, A. K., & Mollin, M. CLAHS Diversity Committee Campus Climate Research Project. Awarded $19,852.00 from the Office of the Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech. In this project, data was analyzed on programs, studies, and reports done from 1996-2006 in CLAHS in order to identify possible areas of further research inquiry in a university-wide and national call for research proposals to be funded by the Provost’s Office and/or additional external funding. Best practices were also recommended. [Funding Period, August 2006-May 2007]
Few, A. L., & Arditti, J. Mothers’ Reentry Into Family Life Following Incarceration. Awarded $5,000.00 from the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences (CLAHS) Small Grants Program: Research on Issues of Diversity and the Provost’s Office. As co-primary investigators, we investigated how diverse paroled re-entry women negotiated the intersectionalities of domestic violence, substance abuse, and criminality. [Funding period: Jan 2004 - Jun 2004]
Few, A. L., Stith, S. M., Hansen, S., Casteele, J., Pulsifer, M. B., & Healey, C. Resiliencies of Battered Women Who Seek Shelter Assistance in Rural Communities. Awarded a total of $13,600.00: (a) $10,500.00 from ASPIRES (A Support Program for Innovative Research Strategies); (b) $2,000.00 from the Department of Human Development; and (c) $1,100.00 from College of Human Resources and Education (CHRE). This was a collaborative project with the New River Valley Women’s Resource Center in Radford, Virginia. Few was the primary investigator. [Funding Period: Jan 2002 – Jun 2003]
Rosen, K., Stith, S., & Few, A. L. Couples Conflict Research Project (CCRP). Awarded $46,000.00. The project was a multi-year cooperative agreement with the U.S. Air Force and the U.S. Department of Agriculture. Few coordinated the study in the Blacksburg-Roanoke area. [Funding Period: Fall 2001 – Spring 2002]

UNFUNDED GRANT PROPOSALS
Few-Demo, A. L. (2012, December). Core Research Team Member. Integrating qualitative research methods: Culture in personal health decision-making. NIH Basic Social and Behavioral Research on Culture, Health, and Wellbeing (R24; RFA-LM-12-002). PI: Anisa Zvonkovic. Co-I’s: Karen Roberto, Bernice Hausman, and Wornie Reed. Requested Funding Amount: $500,000.
Olson, L., & Few-Demo, A. L. (2011, October). Today’s dating culture and teen dating violence:  A family communication approach. NIH Research on Teen Dating Violence (R21). PA-09-170. Co-PIs. Requested Funding Amount: $275,000.


CURRENT RESEARCH
Few-Demo, A. L., & Wilkins, E. (2013- 2014). The purpose of this qualitative pilot study is to examine how culture and sexual scripts intersect in such a way as to foster behaviors that render some African American women vulnerable to acquiring HIV in their intimate relationships with men. We are particularly interested in how community programming can assist African American women in deconstructing internalized racist and sexist discourses that undermine their self-esteem and agency in sexual relationships.
Few-Demo, A. L., Allen, K., Kaestle, C. (2011-2014). This qualitative study involves collecting and analyzing narratives from diverse college students about their perceptions of their own sexuality, sexual scripts, and gender roles in intimate and family relationships. The aim is to gain insight into the developmental trajectories and decision-making processes of emerging adults in regard to how they enact gender roles and perceive their sexual health, parent-child communication about social aggression, social aggression in dating relationships, and mate selection.

AWARDS FOR TEACHING, RESEARCH OR SERVICE

2014 Teacher of the Week, Center for Instructional Development and Educational Research, Virginia Tech


2013 Favorite Faculty Award, a student-nominated award sponsored by Housing and Residential Life, Division of Student Affairs, Virginia Tech
2010 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Certificate of Teaching Excellence, Virginia Tech
2007 College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Diversity Award, Virginia Tech
2004 Jessie Bernard Outstanding Contribution to Feminist Scholarship Paper Award, Feminism and Family Studies section, National Council on Family Relations
2000 Outstanding Student-Originated Contribution to Family Research and Theory paper Award, Family and Health section, National Council on Family Relations
1999-2000 Jewell L. Taylor Fellowship from the American Association of Family and Consumer Sciences

REFEREED PUBLICATIONS
Published Articles:
Few-Demo, A. L. (2014). Intersectionality as the “new” critical approach in feminist family studies: Evolving racial/ethnic feminisms and critical race theories. Journal of Family Theory & Review, 6, 169-183. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12039
Few-Demo, A. L., Lloyd, S., & Allen, K. R. (2014). It's all about power: Integrating feminist family studies and family communication. Journal of Family Communication, 14, 85-94. doi: 10.1080/15267431.2013.864295
Vaillancourt, K., & Few-Demo, A. L. (2014). Relational dynamics of swinging relationships: An exploratory study. The Family Journal, 22, 311-320. doi: 10.1177/1066480714529742
Few-Demo, A. L., & Arditti, J. A. (2013). Relational vulnerabilities of incarcerated and reentry mothers: Therapeutic implications. International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology. Advanced online publication. doi: 0306624X13495378
Glass, V. Q., & Few-Demo, A. L. (2013). Complexities of informal social support arrangements for Black lesbian couples. Family Relations, 62, 714-726. doi: 10.1111/fare.12036
Stith, S.M., Amanor-Boadu, Y., Strachman Miller, M., Menhusen, E., Morgan, C., & Few-Demo, A. (2011). Vulnerabilities, stressors and adaptations in situationally violent relationships. Family Relations, 60, 73-89. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2010.00634.x
Arditti, J. & Few, A. L. (2008). Maternal distress and women’s reentry into family and community life. Family Process, 47, 303-321. doi: 10.1111/j.1545-5300.2008.00255.x
Stephens, D. P., & Few, A. L. (2007). Hip hop honeys or video hos: African American preadolescents' understandings of popular culture-based female sexual scripts. Sexuality and Culture, 11, 48-70. doi: 10.1007/s12119-007-9012-8
Few, A. L. (2007). Integrating black consciousness and critical race feminism into family studies research. Journal of Family Issues, 28(4), 452-473. doi: 10.1177/0192513X06297330
Stephens, D. P., & Few, A. L. (2007). The effects of images of African American women in hip hop on early adolescents’ attitudes toward physical attractiveness and interpersonal relationships. Sex Roles, 56 (3/4), 251-264. doi: 10.1007/s11199-006-9145-5
Few, A. L., Piercy, F. P., & Stremmel, A. (2007). Balancing the passion for activism with the demands of tenure: One professional’s story from three perspectives. National Women’s Studies Association Journal, 19 (3), 47-66.
Bunch-Lyons, B. & Few, A. L. (2007). Writing as resistance in the narrative discourse of Black women. The International Journal of the Humanities, 5(1), 213-220. 
Arditti, J. A., & Few, A. L. (2006). Mothers’ reentry into family life following incarceration. Criminal Justice Policy and Research Journal, 17(1), 103-123. doi: 10.1177/0887403405282450
Benson, M. J., Allen, K. R., Few, A. L., Roberto, K. A., Blieszner, R., Meszaros, P., & Henderson, T. L. (2006). Transforming the master’s degree in human development and family science. Family Relations, 55, 44-55. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2006.00355.x
Few, A. L. (2005). The voices of Black and White rural battered women in domestic violence shelters. Family Relations, 54, 488-500. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2005.00335.x
Few, A. L., & Rosen, K. H. (2005). Victims of chronic dating violence: How women’s vulnerabilities link to their decisions to stay. Family Relations, 54 (2), 265-279. doi: 10.1111/j.0197-6664.2005.00021.x
Rosen, K. H., Stith, S.M., Few, A. L., Daly, K.L., & Tritt, D.R. (2005). A qualitative investigation of Johnson’s typology. Violence and Victims, 20 (3), 319-334. doi: 10.1891/088667005780997910
Few, A. L., Stephens, D. P., & Rouse-Arnett, M. (2003). Sister-to-sister talk: Transcending boundaries and challenges in qualitative research with Black women. Family Relations, 52, 205-215. doi: 10.1111/j.1741-3729.2003.00205.x
Few, A. L. & Bell-Scott, P. (2002). Grounding our feet and hearts: Black women’s coping strategies and the decision to leave. Women and Therapy, 25, 59-77. doi: 10.1300/J015v25n03_05
Few, A. L. (1999). The (un)making of martyrs: Black mothers, daughters, and intimate violence. The Journal for the Association of Research on Mothering, 1, 68-75.

Published Book Chapters:
Few, A. L. (2009). Theorizing with racial-ethnic feminisms in family studies. In Lloyd, S., Few, A. L., & Allen, K. R. (Eds.), Handbook of feminist family studies (pp. 28-42). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Few, A. L., & Stephens, D. P. (2009). African American female adolescent sexuality: Creating change using an ecological-womanist lens. In J. A. Mancini, & K. A. Roberto (Eds.), Pathways of human development: Explorations of change (pp. 75-94). Lanham, MD: Lexington Books.
Stephens, D. P., Phillips, L., & Few, A. L. (2009). Examining African American female adolescent sexuality within mainstream Hip Hop culture using a womanist-ecological model of human development. In S. Lloyd, A. L. Few, & K. R. Allen (Eds.), Handbook of feminist family studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
De Reus, L., Few, A. L., & Blume, L. B. (2005). Multicultural and critical race feminisms: Theorizing families in the third wave. In V. L. Bergtson, A. C. Acock, K. R. Allen, P. Dilworth-Anderson, & D. M. Klein (Eds.), Sourcebook of family theory and research (pp. 447-468). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.
Few, A. L. & Bell-Scott, P. (2002). Grounding our feet and hearts: Black women’s coping strategies and the decision to leave. In C.M. West (Ed.), Violence in the lives of Black women (pp. 59-77). New York: Haworth Press.

Published Edited Book:
Lloyd, S., Few, A. L., & Allen, K. R. (Eds.). (2009). Handbook of feminist family studies. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage.

Published Book Review:
Few-Demo, A. L. (2011). Book review of Du Bois's dialectics: Black radical politics and the reconstruction of critical social theory. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 3, 331-334. doi: 10.1111/j.1756-2589.2011.00103.x

Published Entries in Reference Works:
Few-Demo, A. L., & Demo, D. H. (In press). Family diversity: Race, ethnicity, and national variations. In J. Stone, X. Hou, R. Dennis, P. Rizova, & A. Smith (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and nationalism. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Few-Demo, A. L., & Glass, V. Q. (In press.) Black feminist thought. In J. Stone, X. Hou, R. Dennis, P. Rizova, & A. Smith (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and nationalism. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Few-Demo, A. L., & Cox, N. (in press). Racialized gender. In J. Stone, X. Hou, R. Dennis, P. Rizova, & A. Smith (Eds.), The Wiley-Blackwell encyclopedia of race, ethnicity, and nationalism. Malden, MA: Wiley-Blackwell.
Few, A. L. (2009). Womanism. Revised reprint in online Concise Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology. http://sociologyencyclopedia.com/public/
Few, A. L. (2007). Black feminist theory. Revised reprint in online Concise Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology. http://sociologyencyclopedia.com/public/
Few, A. L. (2007). Black feminist thought. In G. Ritzer (Ed.), The Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology (v. 1, pp. 305-310). Oxford: Blackwell.
Few, A. L. (2007). Racialized gender. In G. Ritzer (Ed.), The Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology (v. 8, pp. 3764-3765). Oxford: Blackwell.
Few, A. L. (2007). Womanism. In G. Ritzer (Ed.), The Blackwell encyclopedia of sociology (v. 10, pp. 5257-5259). Oxford: Blackwell.

Published Prefaces:
Lloyd, S. A., Few, A. L., & Allen, K. R. (2007). Feminist theory, methods, and praxis in family studies: An introduction to the special issue. Journal of Family Issues, 28 (4), 447-451.

Published Conference Proceedings:
Few, A. L. (1999). Strategies to help battered women of color to leave: Interviews with directors of battered women’s shelters. Published in the Proceedings of the Third National Women’s Health and Research Conference, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL.


REFEREED PRESENTATIONS

Papers Presented at National Meetings:
van Eeden-Moorefield, B., Few-Demo, A. L., Benson, K., & Lummer, S. (2014, November). Research on LGBT-Headed Families: A Content Analysis of Top Family Journals 2000-2013. Paper to be presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Baltimore, MD.
Wilkins, E., & Few-Demo, A. L. (2014, July). Building bridges in the community: Collaborative research. Paper to be presented at the Association of Black Psychologists Annual International Convention, Indianapolis, IN.

Edwards, A., Fortner-Wood, C. & Few-Demo, A. L. (2012, November). How to build a research team of undergraduates for graduate student research: Guidelines for graduate students and newly hired faculty. Poster presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.


Moore, D. D., & Few-Demo, A. (2012, November). Life after bariatric surgery: Men’s perspectives of selfconcept, intimate relationships, and social support. Poster presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Glass, V. Q., & Few-Demo, A. (2011, November). Qualitative inquiry into the social networks of Black lesbian families. Paper presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
Amanor-Boadu, Y., Stith, S., Strachman Miller, M., Menhusen, E., Morgan, C., & Few-Demo, A. (2010, November). Vulnerabilities, stress, adaptations in situationally violent relationships. Paper presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Amanor-Boadu, Y., Stith, S. M., Strachman Miller, M., Menhusen, E., Morgan, C. & Few-Demo, A. (2010, July). Vulnerabilities, stressors and adaptations in situationally violent relationships. Paper presented at the International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.
Edwards, A., & Few, A. L. (2007, November). ASFA and vulnerable Black families: Applying a community capacity model to AFSA. Paper presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Vaillancourt, K., & Few, A. L. (2007, October). Reconstructing the meaning of fidelity. Poster presented at the American Association of Marriage and Family Therapy Annual Conference, Long Beach, CA.
Arditti, J., & Few, A. L. (2007, August). A case study analysis of mothers’ social reintegration following integration. Paper presented at the 2007 Annual Meeting of the Society for the Study of Social Problems, New York, NY.
Arditti, J., & Few, A. L. (2006, November). Symposium on Intersections of violence and parenting. Paper presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Stephens, D., Few, A. L., & Neeves, S. E. (2006, November). African American adolescent beliefs about sexualized imagery in hip hop. Poster presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Benson, M., Allen, K. R., Few, A. L., & Blieszner, R. (2005, November). Transforming the Master's degree in human development and family science. Poster presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.
Few, A. L., Arditti, J. A., & Vaillancourt, K. (2004, November). Mothers’ reentry into family life following incarceration. Poster presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
Buchanan, N. T., Few, A. L., & Gillum, T. (2004, April). Violence against Black women: Exploring the nuances of assault and harassment in the home, community, and workplace. Panel presented at International Research and Action Conference Innovations in Understanding Violence Against Women. Wellesley Centers for Women, Wellesley College, Wellesley, MA.
De Reus, L., Blume, L. B., & Few, A. L. (2003, November). Theorizing identities and intersectionalities: Third-wave feminism, critical race theory, and families. Paper presented at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Pre-Conference Workshop of the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Few, A. L., Stith, S.M., & Hansen, K. (2003, November). A qualitative inquiry into the resiliencies of battered women who seek shelter assistance in rural communities. Poster presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada.
Rosen, K. H., Daly, K., Stith, S. M., Few, A., & Tritt, D. (2003, July). A qualitative study of heterosexual intimate partner violence using Johnson and Ferraro’s typology lens. Poster presented at the 8th Annual International Conference on Family Violence. Portsmouth, NH.
Bell-Scott, P., Few, A. L., Rouse Arnett, M., & Lee, Y. M. (2002, November). Whose story is it anyway? Women of color dialogue about self-discovery. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
Few, A. L., & Bell-Scott, P. (2000, November). When the past speaks to the future: A qualitative analysis of the intergenerational transmission of intimate violence among Black heterosexual college women. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Few, A. L., & Floyd-Thomas, S. M. (2002, November). Feminist family science research and theory on Black women. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Houston, TX.
Few, A. L., & Henderson, T. L. (2000, November). Mending the edges for a perfect tapestry: Strategies for effective team teaching for new professionals. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Few, A. L., Rouse, M., & Stephens, D. P. (2000, March). Sister-to-sister talk: Facing qualitative methodological challenges in doing research with Black women. Paper presented at the National Council for Black Studies Twenty-fourth Annual Conference, Atlanta, GA.
Few, A. L. (2000, February). Lessons learned from our mothers: Black women and intimate violence. Paper presented at the meeting of the York University Feminist Research Centre Conference on Mothers and Daughters, Toronto, Ontario, Canada.
Few, A. L., Rouse, M., & Stephens, D. (1999, November). Negotiating methodological challenges of doing qualitative research on sensitive topics with Black women. Paper presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Irvine, CA.

Symposium Presented at National Meeting:
Goldberg, A., Kuvalanka, K.A., Few-Demo, A. L., & Allen, K. R. (2013, November). “Challenges and Strategies in Teaching about LGBTQ, Sexuality, and Family Issues at the University Level: An Interactive Symposium.” Papers include: Talking about the “T” in LGBTQ Issues (Katherine Kuvalanka, Miami University), Interrogating Intersectionality in the Classroom (Few-Demo), and Navigating Reflexivity in Teaching and Learning (Katherine Allen, Virginia Tech). Discussant: Abbie Goldberg (Clark University). Symposium presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, San Antonio, TX.
Few-Demo, A. L. (2012, November). Organizer, discussant and presider for “Teaching intersectionality in undergraduate classes: Lessons learned in the field,” a symposium consisting of four papers authored by graduate students in Human Development. Papers included: Co-constructing knowledge: Teaching sex and gender from a postmodern feminist perspective (Katie Barrow), What therapy can bring to teaching undergraduate courses with sensitive topics (Laura Sudano), Using reflexivity in online human sexuality courses (Jason Austin), and Queering pedagogy: Best practices for teaching LGBTQ issues (Natasha Cox). Symposium presented at National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Papers Presented at Regional Meetings:
Austin, J. P., Barrow, K. M., & Few-Demo, A. L. (2013, February). E-transformation: Transformative learning techniques to use in online courses with sensitive topics. Paper presented at the 2013 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
Barrow, K. M., Austin, J. P., & Few-Demo, A. L. (2013, February). Using postmodern feminist pedagogies to address sensitive topics in the college classroom. Paper presented at the 2013 Conference on Higher Education Pedagogy at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.
Donat, P. L. N., Ramassini, K., Few, A. L., Jumper, B., & Young, T. (2003, March). Patterns of violence: An examination of race and gender identity. Poster presented at the annual meeting of the Southeastern Psychological Association, New Orleans, LA.
Few, A. L. (2001, October). Unraveling politics of identity: Theorizing Black female radical subjectivity. Paper presented at the Twenty-third Annual Association for Integrative Studies Conference Globalizing Interdisciplinary Pedagogy and Research, Roanoke, VA.

Papers Presented at International Meetings:
Few, A. L., & Stephens, D. P. (2008, September). Shaping adolescent sexuality and influencing positive developmental outcomes:  Influences of family, peer, and cultural systems. Paper presentation at the Virginia Tech Institute for Society, Culture, and Environment Summit on the Lifespan, Transformation, and Change, Riva San Vitale, Switzerland.
Few, A. L. (2001, March). Race-ing forward, an engendering process: Black feminism, Black identity, and the “soul” of resistance. Paper presented at the Collegium of African American Research Annual Conference, Crossroutes: The Meaning of Race for the Twenty-First Century. Cagliari, Sardinia, Italy.
Bunch-Lyons, B., & Few, A. L. (2000, July). An exploration of themes of violence and sexual exploitation in the literary narratives of African American women. Paper presented at the Diversity Within Unity: Culture, Conflict, and Belonging Annual Conference at Oxford University, Oxford, England.

Paper Presented at Local Meeting:
Few, A. L. (2003, October 10). Stories from the shelters: Qualitative findings of battered rural women in Southwest Virginia. Invited presentation for the Race and Social Policy Center’s scholar lecture series at Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, VA.

Conference Organized for Regional Meeting:
Organized and led Ending Domestic Violence Across the Life Span: Finding Resiliencies in Self and Community on October 4, 2002 at Donaldson Brown Hotel & Conference Center. Dr. Sandi Stith and I presented two papers: Race and domestic violence: Resiliencies and opportunities in self and community and Resiliencies of rural women in battered women’s shelters.

INVITED PRESENTATIONS

Invited Discussant for Keynote Presentation at National Meeting:
Few, A. L. (2006, November). Invited discussant of plenary speech, Critical Race Feminism: Gender, Family and the Law, by Dr. Adrienne Wing at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.
Few, A. L. (2005, November). Invited discussant of plenary speech, Forgetting Family: Queer Studies and Anti-Oedipal Discourse, by Dr. Judith Halberstam at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Invited Paper Presentation at National Meeting:
Few, A. L., & Floyd-Thomas, S. M. (2002, November). Black feminism as identity politics: Integration of Black consciousness into family science research on Black women. Invited Paper presented at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Pre-Conference Workshop of the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Houston, TX.

Invited Panel Presentation at National Meeting:
van Eeden-Moorefield, B., Few-Demo, A., & Sabatelli, R (2011, November). Student/New Professional Workshop: Getting an academic job in a tough economy. Panel presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Orlando, FL.
van Eeden-Moorefield, B., Few-Demo, A., Kyung You, H., McGeorge, C., & Carlson, T. (2010, November). Innovative practices for engaging diversity across contexts and social locations. Panel presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Minneapolis, MN.

Allen, K. R., Baber, K., Few, A. L., Lloyd, S., Mahalingham, R., Oswald, R., & Walker, A. (2008, November). The influence of feminist theory, method and praxis on family studies. Panel presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Little Rock. AK.


Allen, K.R., LaRossa, R., Marsiglio, R., Few, A. L., & Uttal, L. (2007, November). Theoretical and methodological integration in qualitative family research: A critical dialogue. Panel presented at the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Pittsburgh, PA.
Few, A. L., van Dulmen, M., Sano, Y., & DeReus, L. (2005, November). Builders of theory: Theorizing as students and new professionals. Panel presented at the Theory Construction and Research Methodology Pre-Conference Workshop of the National Council on Family Relations Annual Conference, Phoenix, AZ.

Invited Symposium at National Meeting:
Zvonkovic, A. M., Meszaros, P., Few-Demo, A., & Allen, K. (2013, November). A family studies perspective: Developing and articulating family scholarship. Invited symposium at the National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, Texas.
Lloyd, S., Allen, K. R., & Few-Demo, A. (2013, November). Feminist research workshop. Invited symposium at the National Council on Family Relations, San Antonio, Texas.

Invited Panel Presentation at Regional Meeting:
Few-Demo, A. L., Brunsma, D., & Pendleton, L. (2013, January). Diversity in the curriculum. Panel presented at the Advancing Diversity Conference by Advance VT, Blacksburg, VA.


MANUSCRIPTS CURRENTLY UNDER REVIEW

Edwards, A., & Few-Demo, A. L. Vulnerable African American families: A community capacity approach to AFSA. Submitted to Journal of Family Social Work.



OUTREACH ACTIVITIES



Invited Speaker:
2014 Drexel University, College of Nursing and Health Professions, in Philadelphia, PA. Black Women Loving: Reflections on Black Women’s Vulnerability and Resiliency in Close Relationships. Invited community engagement presentation by the Couple and Family Therapy Program in the College of Nursing and Health Professions at Drexel University. This presentation is in partial fulfillment of Wilkins’ Career Development Award.
2013 Advance VT, Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. Advancing Diversity at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg Virginia. Organized, led, and presented the Diversity in the Curriculum panel with Dr. David Brunsma (Sociology) and Leslie Pendleton (Director of Student Services, Electrical & Computer Engineering). Panel addressed integrating diversity into course content and strategies to ameliorate student resistance to diversity. [January 15, 2013]
2009 The YWCA-Greater Miami-Dade, in Miami, FL. Co-presented an anti-violence intervention programming to adolescents ages 13-15 with Dr. Dionne Stephens of Florida International University. This intervention programming focused on the influences of Hip Hop culture on adolescent dating violence and relationships. [October 19-23, 2009]
2009 Upward Bound, Virginia Tech, in Blacksburg, VA. Co-presented presentation for VT’s Upward Bound summer program of 50+ high school children. Co-presenters included Dr. Suzanna Rinehart (Theater Arts) and instructor Dale Jenkins (Communication). [June 22, 2009]

2008 The Association of Black Psychologists, Virginia Tech student chapter, in Blacksburg, Virginia. Co-presented on a panel of faculty colleagues to discuss graduate school application strategies, graduate school expectations, mentoring guidelines, and financial opportunities (fellowships, grants, assistantships) with upperclassmen undergraduate students interested in graduate school. [October 8, 2008]


2007 Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc. of Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. In the workshop, Relationships 101, participants explored how to be self-reflexive in productive ways that promote personal growth. They also engaged in activities that demonstrate how theories about intimacy connect to real-life case studies, including the life stories of the participants themselves. [November 28, 2007]
2007 Virginia Tech’s Women’s Center “Through Feminist Eyes” Lecture Series in Blacksburg, Virginia. Co-presented (Un)Resolving Grief: Reentry Mothers, Relationship Instability, And Churning In The Criminal Justice System with Joyce Arditti to an audience of Women’s Studies Program students. We contextualized the Mother’s reentry Project Time 2 findings into a vulnerability conceptual model and attachment theoretical framework. [October 2, 2007]
2007 Black Graduate Student Organization of Virginia Tech. Learning How To Be Successful in Graduate School. Co-panelists included Dr. Miya Simpson (Director of Academic Program Review, VT Graduate School) and Brandy Huderson (doctoral student, BGSO treasurer). 35 participants (faculty and graduate students) discussed strategies to survive graduate school experience. [September 12, 2007]
2006 Western Region Unit Head Meeting in Radford, Virginia. My colleague, Joyce Arditti, and I shared insights from our sponsored study with mothers on probation from District #15 and District #28 of southwest Virginia. We particularly discussed the effects of intimate violence, mental health illness, and substance abuse histories on trajectories of reentry into family and community. [August 8, 2006]
2005 Black Student Alliance and Black Faculty and Staff Caucus of Virginia Tech. Black Women’s Expo in Blacksburg, Virginia. In the workshop, Learning to Be Free: Creating Loving Relationships with Self and Significant Others, 30 participants explored how to be self-reflexive in productive ways that promote personal growth. They also engaged in activities that demonstrate how theories about intimacy connect to real-life case studies, including the life stories of the participants themselves. [March 19, 2005]


  1. Race and Social Policy Center of Virginia Tech. Stories from the shelters: Qualitative findings of battered rural women in Southwest Virginia. Research project findings presented as part of the scholar lecture series. [October 10, 2003]




  1. Radford Church of God in Christ in Radford, Virginia. Two workshops on intimate (dating) violence prevention and child discipline with 30 participants at each workshop. [January 13-14, 2003].

2003 Montgomery County Department of Social Services in Christiansburg, VA. Led a workshop on Workplace Diversity at the 60 participants. Topics discussed: “golden rule” v. “platinum rule”, multicultural communication styles, and leadership skills to promote an environment that respects diversity. [January 22, 2003]


2001-2002 Caroll County Multidisciplinary Team “What Goes on behind Closed Doors Workshop” in Carroll County, Virginia. My workshop presentation, “Breaking the Cycle of Child Abuse,” focused on the warning signs (physical and emotional) and prevention strategies of child abuse for adults who work with children and youth. Discipline strategies that are age-appropriate and personality-appropriate for toddlers, children, adolescents, and teenagers were brainstormed, discussed, and interrogated. The 90 workshop participants consisted of head start and social workers, public health workers, community activists, law enforcement officers, youth residential counselors, teachers, and local and state attorneys.
2000 Family Violence Coordinating Council of the Roanoke Valley Fall Conference on Media Violence and Families on October 18, 2000 in Roanoke, Virginia. My presentation, “American Culture at the Crossroads? Dialogue on the Sociocultural Effects of Media Violence on Youth, Women, and Families,” focused on the sociocultural effects of media violence on children, women, and families and strategies that parents can use to assist their children in processing violence in film. Kate Gentry-Hansen, my graduate research assistant, presented a summarization of recent U.S. Congressional hearings on media and violence. The 100 conference participants consisted of social workers, public health workers, community activists, teachers, academics, and parents.

Underrepresented Student Recruitment Efforts:
2006- 2010 In 2006-2007, I co-founded the Virginia Tech Coordinated School Visit Program, with my Africana Studies colleague, Dr. Kwame Harrison. This program is supported by the Office of the Provost, Virginia Tech’s Task Force on Race and the Institution, the Office of Academic Support Services, the Graduate School, the Multicultural Academic Opportunities Program, and Office of Equity and Inclusion (formerly the Office of Equal Opportunity). Originally this program began within the College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, but we have managed to grow the program to include the Virginia Tech Bioinformatics Institute and the College of Natural Resources. As a participant, I have visited Hampton University, North Carolina A&T, Bennett College, and University of Carolina at Pembroke to recruit underrepresented graduate student prospects as well as to develop a research-based relationships with faculty at targeted universities.

EDITORSHIPS
Editorship:

Guest editor for special issue on feminist theory, methods, and praxis in family studies for the Journal of Family Issues. This guest editorship is shared with Drs. Sally Lloyd (School of Education and Allied Professions, Miami University) and Katherine Allen (Human Development, VT). [November 2004 – May 2006]



Editorial Boards:
Associate Editorial Board member, Journal of Family Issues, 2005 – present
Editorial Board member, Family Relations, 2005 – present
Editorial Board member, Journal of Family Communication, 2010 - present

Invited Journal Reviewer:
Reviewer, Journal of Marriage and Family (including the 2010 decade review issue)
Reviewer, Family Relations
Reviewer, Journal of Black Psychology
Reviewer, Journal of Family Issues
Reviewer, Journal of Family Theory and Review
Reviewer, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships
Reviewer, Criminal Justice Policy and Research Journal
Reviewer, Journal of Feminist Scholarship
Reviewer, Diaspora, Indigenous, and Minority Education: International Journal


PROFESSIONAL AFFILIATIONS
Professional Affiliations:
Co-chair and Member, Elections Council, National Council on Family Relations
Student/New Professional Board Representative, National Council on Family Relations

Member, Ethnic Minorities (former Treasurer and Secretary), Family and Health, Feminism and Families, International, Research and Theory sections of the National Council on Family Relations

Member, National Women’s Studies Association


Member, Association for Research on Mothering, York University, Toronto, Canada
Advisory Board Member, Qualitative Research Network [2012-Present]

Faculty Affiliations/Service at Virginia Tech:
Member, Human Development Undergraduate Strategic Planning Committee [2013]
Member and Former Area Coordinator, Human Development Master’s Program Committee [2006 – Present]
Executive Advisory Committee Member, Virginia Tech Graduate Pipeline Program of the Graduate School [2010-Present]
College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences Diversity Fellow, Virginia Tech [2008-2010]
Executive Steering Committee Member, Virginia Tech Coordinated School Visit Program of The Graduate School [2009-Present]
Member, Strategic Planning Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech [2008-2009]
Member, Diversity Strategic Planning Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech [2008-2009]
Chair, Diversity Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech [2005-2006, 2008-2010]
Co-founder, Virginia Tech Coordinated School Visit Program [2007-2009]
Subcommittee member and Primary Investigator, Task Force on Campus Climate Research, Diversity Committee, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech [2007-2008]
Affiliate, Center for Gerontology, Department of Human Development, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech [2001-Present]
Affiliate, Center of Technology Impacts on Children, Youth, and Families, College of Liberal Arts and Human Sciences, Virginia Tech [2004 – Present]
Affiliate, Race and Social Policy Research Center and Africana Studies, Virginia Tech [2004-2010, 2012 - Present]
Affiliate, Women and Gender Studies, Virginia Tech [2000 – Present]


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