Family Studies PhD Student Autumn Bermea Receives Grant

Autumn Bermea, a Family Studies PhD student, received a $5,285 grant from the Clinical Research Institute in the School of Social Work at Smith College.


The grant was to foster novel research. Bermea’s study is a phenomenological study guided by the research question: How do practitioners at LGBT and LGBT-friendly organizations and the queer women receiving IPV services at the same organizations experience inclusivity in those services?” The title of the grant is “Inclusivity in Service Provision for Queer Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence,” and her faculty sponsors are: Drs. Brad van Eeden-Moorefield and Lyndal Khaw.


Autumn Bermea is starting her 3rd year as a PhD student in Family Studies after receiving her Master’s from Texas State University in 2015. Her research focuses on understanding and supporting LGBTQ+ individuals who experience intimate partner violence, as well as those who work with them. Her work has been published in journals such as the Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Youth & Society, and The Journal of GLBT Family Studies.