Rebecca J. Macy, PhD
Current PositionProfessor, L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work
EducationBA, Hanover College; MSW, Tulane University; Ph.D., University of Washington School of Social Work
Rebecca J. Macy is a professor and the L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Her program of research comprises studies that focus on violence prevention, specifically intimate partner violence, sexual violence, human trafficking, and improving services for survivors of violence and trafficking. Dedicated to finding the most effective and feasible strategies, she regularly conducts investigations in community settings, working in collaboration with survivors, service providers, and policy makers. Her research has been supported with funding from foundations, federal agencies, and state agencies. Macy regularly disseminates her research through peer-reviewed articles, book chapters, and commentaries, as well as presentations at national and international venues. Since 2017, she has been the editor-in-chief of the Journal of Family Violence and was recently a visiting fellow with the Juvenile and Family Law Research Center at Jinan University–Zhuhai in China.