These psychologists are among a growing
number who are applying their expertise to
protect the rights of people at home and abroad.
By Heather Stringer
hree years ago, psychologist Michelle Kaufman, PhD, was
teaching a qualitative research methods course at a uni-
versity in Ethiopia when she started seeing and hearing
about behavior among students that she couldn’t ignore.
“I witnessed groping, and also started to hear stories
of how the female students felt pressured to have sex with
male students or instructors on campus,” says Kaufman, an
assistant professor at Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of
Public Health. “The status of women in Ethiopia is one of the
worst in the world, and these harmful social norms made it a
difficult learning environment for the women.”