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Sagrestano Appointed Director of Center for Research on Women
For release: Aug. 14, 2006
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Dr. Lynda M. Sagrestano has accepted the position of director of the Center for Research on Women (CROW) at the University of Memphis, effective with the fall semester.

Sagrestano comes to Memphis from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, where she held cross appointments as associate professor of psychology, women's studies, the School of Medicine, and the Center for Rural Health and Social Service Development.

"I look forward to working with CROW's outstanding scholars on a range of research initiatives that will continue and expand the Center's positive impact on women's lives," said Sagrestano.

Sagrestano earned a Ph.D. degree in social psychology from the University of California at Berkeley and held NIMH-funded postdoctoral fellowships at UCLA and the University of Illinois at Chicago. Her research interests include maternal and prenatal health, adolescent sexual behavior, HIV prevention, domestic violence, and gender and work stress. She is a consulting editor of The Psychology of Women Quarterly and has served on the advisory boards of The Women's Center and The Adolescent Health Center in Carbondale.

Dr. Jennifer Wagner-Lawlor, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences, believes Sagrestano's leadership will be a great asset for the Center, the University, and the region. "Dr. Sagrestano's talent and experience will ensure that the Center for Research on Women continues its 20-year track record as an active and visible research base for the faculty and community partners working to understand and to better the lives and welfare of women in this region," said Wagner-Lawlor.

"Her broad interests in women's issues will mean continued wide support for any faculty member interested in pursuing the intersection of race, class, and gender, while her particular research interests in women's health will also be able to energize the Center's recent work on teen sexuality, domestic violence, and neighborhood development.  The College is delighted to have her on board, and we look forward to watching the evolution of this very important research and outreach center."

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