Kaye Usry, Ph.D.


Elon College

Country: United States (North Carolina)

About Me:

I research the consequences of traumatic life experiences for political attitudes and behaviors, and, the effectiveness of violence prevention strategies that target child abuse, partner abuse, and sexual violence. At Elon University, I teach courses on research methods, American politics, policy studies, and gender and politics. At Pathways to Change NC, I co-facilitate an educational program for men who use domestic violence.

Research Interests

Gender and Politics


Political Participation

Political Psychology

Public Opinion

Political Socialization

Adverse Childhood Experiences

Interpersonal Violence


Countries of Interest

United States

My Research:

I study political psychology and political behavior in the United States. I am especially interested in the effects of adverse, traumatic life events on political trust, political efficacy, civic engagement, and voting behaviors. I am currently investigating the long-term consequences of adverse childhood experiences, including physical abuse, sexual abuse, and neglect perpetrated by a parent or caregiver.