Wendy A. Walsh is a research associate professor of sociology at the Crimes against Children Research Center and a Faculty Fellow at the Carsey School of Public Policy at the University of New Hampshire. At Carsey, her work focuses on examining the prevalence and risk factors of child abuse in rural and nonrural areas. She also works on a countywide initiative in Coos County in New Hampshire to enhance the support systems for families of young children.
Previously, Wendy worked at the American Humane Association in Colorado, where she worked on program evaluations of child abuse programs. Wendy has worked at the Crimes against Children Research Center since 2000. Her research includes studies on enhancing the community and criminal justice response to child abuse. Her work focuses on evaluating multidisciplinary responses to child abuse, such as research on Children’s Advocacy Centers (CAC) with the National Children’s Alliance. She also studies resilience among maltreated children with the National Survey of Child and Adolescent Well-Being (NSCAW) data, a longitudinal national probability study on outcomes for children involved in child protective investigations. She received a bachelor's degree in psychology from Bates College and a master's degree in family studies and a doctorate degree in sociology from the University of New Hampshire