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Dr. Carolyn M. West

University of Washington
Professor of Clinical Psychology and Division Chair
Dr. Carolyn West is Professor of Clinical Psychology at the University of Washington where she teaches courses on the Psychology of Black Women and Sex Crimes and Sexual Violence. Dr. West won the 2013 University of Washington’s Distinguished Teaching Award and the 2016 Distinguished Research Award. She received her doctoral degree in Clinical Psychology from the University of Missouri and has completed a predoctoral internship at the University of Notre Dame, a teaching and clinical postdoctoral fellowship at Illinois State University, and a research postdoctoral fellowship at the University of New Hampshire’s Family Research Laboratory. She is author of more than 60 publications and the award-winning book Violence in the Lives of Black Women: Battered, Black, and Blue (2004). In 2018, she produced the documentary “Let me tell ya’ll ‘bout Black chicks: Images of Black women in pornography.” Dr. West works as an expert witness in domestic violence/sexual assault and sex trafficking cases. She is a former Washington Trafficking Prevention board member.