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M. Alexis Kennedy

Associate Professor of Criminal Justice

Research Fellow for the Center for Crime and Justice Policy

Expertise: Trauma, Child abuse, Sexual assault, Human trafficking, Domestic violence, Juvenile delinquency

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About

M. Alexis Kennedy brings a forensic psychology perspective to studying victimization and children’s issues. Her areas of research include trauma, child abuse, sexual assault, exploitation through prostitution and domestic violence. She has published in numerous journals such as the Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma and the Canadian Journal of Psychiatry.

Alexis Kennedy won two American Psychological Association Awards (Divisions 37 and 41) and a Canadian Psychological Association Laureate for her doctoral dissertation on cross-cultural perceptions of child abuse. She has testified in court, spoken nationally and internationally, and is frequently quoted in the media on issues of exploitation and abuse.

Kennedy received a $623,600 grant from the U.S. Department of Justice in 2015 to study human trafficking and resiliency in young survivors. A fellow of the Center for Crime and Justice Policy, she recently completed a federally funded evaluation of a re-entry program for offenders.

Kennedy has facilitated and conducted research for a number of Clark County task forces including initiatives on human trafficking, juvenile delinquency, child abuse and sex offender management. She conducts research for specialty courts, child protective services and non-profit service agencies in Las Vegas. 

Dr. Kennedy also serves as an active mentor and board member for national and local non-profits. She is a frequent trainer on child abuse and human trafficking, speaking to criminal justice, mental health, medical and community based organizations. 

Education

  • Ph.D., Forensic Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • M.A., Forensic Psychology, University of British Columbia
  • J.D., University of Manitoba
  • B.A., Criminology, University of Toronto

M. Alexis Kennedy In The News

Jun 2, 2016

Martin, a former sex buyer, admits he’s never been faithful in any relationship. So when the urge to cheat struck again after he got married and had kids, he thought the logical thing to do would be to pay for sex.

May 31, 2016

About 72 percent of the juvenile victims of human trafficking in Nevada come from within the state, experts said Wednesday.

May 26, 2016

About 72 percent of the juvenile victims of human trafficking in Nevada come from within the state, experts said Wednesday.

May 4, 2016

A few weeks ago, the Salt Lake Tribune reported a story that has reverberated around the world.
Students of Brigham Young University who report sexual assault under the provisions of Title IX are often themselves investigated for violations of the school’s honor code.