L. Richardson Preyer Distinguished Chair for Strengthening Families, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social Work

Dr. Macy joined the faculty in 2002, after receiving her doctoral degree from the University of Washington in Seattle. In 1993, she received her MSW from Tulane University in New Orleans. She has taught courses in social work practice, family violence, mental health, and statistics. She has professional social work practice experience in community mental health services where she worked with violence survivors. Her research is concerned with multiple forms of violence, including child maltreatment, human trafficking, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. Her research activities focus on the consequences of victimization, repeated victimizations across the life span, and the development of community-based preventions and interventions to promote violence survivors’ resilience and well-being. She has published over fifty peer-reviewed articles, book chapters and invited commentaries on these topics. She received the 2013 Office of the Provost Award for Engaged Research from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and the 2010 Award for Community Service from the Orange County, North Carolina Rape Crisis Center.