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Yvonne Rafferty


Dyson College of Arts and Sciences

Psychology - NYC

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Yvonne Rafferty, Ph.D. is a Professor of Psychology, Pace University, New York. She teaches courses in both the Psychology Department (e.g., International Issues in Child Protection; Children in Urban Society; The Impact of War on Women and Children; Social Psychology; Community Psychology) and Women's and Gender Studies (e.g., The Girl Child: A Global Perspective; Gender, Race and Class; International Issues in Child Protection). Throughout her career, Dr. Rafferty has conducted research on a range of topics including, Child Trafficking, Commercial Sexual Exploitation, Early Childhood Education, Adolescent Motherhood, Homelessness, AIDS and Adolescents, and Inclusive Educational Opportunities for Preschoolers with Disabilities. She represented the Psychological Study of Social Issus (SPSSI) at the United Nations from 2005 – 2016, and was particularly active with the Working Group on Girls (WGG), the NGO Committee on Child Rights; and the NGO Committee to Stop Trafficking in Persons. She has testified before the United States Congress, the United States Federal and District Courts, the New York State Assembly, the New York State Education Department, and the New York City Council.


BA , William Paterson University

PhD , SUNY Stony Brook
Social-Community Psychology

Awards and Honors

  • Wilson Fellowship Award, September 2013 - Award received in recognition of my research on child trafficking.
  • Pace University, 2011 - Jefferson Award, Bronze Medal Award for Commitment to Service to University Community, Pace University
  • Sigma Xi Scientific Research Society, State University New York at Stony Brook, 1987 - Award for Excellence in Doctoral Level Research
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1986 - Departmental Award for Excellence in Teaching, Psychology Department
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1986 - President's Award for Excellence in Teaching
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1982 - Graduate Teaching Assistantship
  • State University of New York at Stony Brook, 1982 - Graduate Tuition Scholarship


Rafferty, Y. Challenges to the Rapid Identification of Children Who Have Been Trafficked for Commercial Sexual Exploitation. Child Abuse & Neglect.

Rafferty, Y. Child Trauma as an Outcome of Child Trafficking for Commercial Sexual Exploitation: A Human Rights Based Perspective. Psychology and Society.

Rafferty, Y. (2013). Child trafficking and commercial sexual exploitation: A review of promising prevention policies and programs. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Vol 84 (Issue 4) , pages 1-17.

Rafferty, Y. (2013). Ending child trafficking as a human rights priority: Applying the Spectrum of Prevention as a conceptual framework. J. Segal and F. Denmark (Eds.), Violence Against Women Across the Life Cycle: An International Perspective. . , pages 133 – 174.

Rafferty, Y. (2013). Gender as an obstacle to good health: Health related human rights violations and the girl child. International Psychology Bulletin. Vol 17 (Issue 1) , pages 15-24.

Rafferty, Y. (2013). International dimensions of discrimination and violence against girls: A human rights perspective. Journal of International Women's Studies. Vol 14 (Issue 1) , pages 1-23.

Rafferty, Y. & Griffin, K. (2013). The impact of family factors and parenting practices on cognitive development and aggressive behavior among children in Early Head Start. C. H. Qi and T. Stanton-Chapman (Eds.), Preschool Children: Education, Social Functioning and Behavioral Issues. Nova Science Publishers. , pages 55 – 71.

Rafferty, Y., Griffin, K. & Lodise, M. (2011). Adolescent motherhood and developmental outcomes of children in Early Head Start: The influence of maternal parenting behaviors, well-being, and risk factors within the family setting. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry. Vol 81 (Issue 2) , pages 227 – 243.

Rafferty, Y., Griffin, K. & Robokos, D. (2010). Maternal depression and parental distress among families in the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project: Risk factors within the family setting. Infant Mental Health Journal. Vol 31 (Issue 5) , pages 543 - 569.

Rafferty, Y. & Griffin, K. (2010). Parenting behaviors among families in the Early Head Start Research and Evaluation Project: Risk factors within the family setting. Early Childhood Services. Vol 4 (Issue 2) , pages 105-128.

Rafferty, Y. & Griffin, K. (2010). Parenting behaviors among low-income mothers of preschool age children in the United States: Implications for parenting programs. International Journal of Early Years Education. Vol 18 (Issue 2) , pages 143–157.

Rafferty, Y. (2008). The impact of trafficking on children: Psychological and social policy perspectives. Child Development Perspectives. Vol 2 , pages 13-18.

Rafferty, Y. (2007). Children for sale: Child trafficking in Southeast Asia. Child Abuse Review. Vol 16 , pages 401-422.

Rafferty, Y. & Griffin, K. (2005). Benefits and risks of inclusion for preschoolers with and without disabilities: Perspectives of parents and providers. Journal of Early Intervention. Vol 27 (Issue 3) , pages 173-192.

Rafferty, Y., Shinn, M. & Weitzman, M. (2004). Academic achievement among formerly homeless adolescents and their continuously housed peers. Journal of School Psychology. Vol 42 , pages 179-199.

Rafferty, Y. (2004). Educating children who are homeless: An overview of the Education for Homeless Children and Youth Program. D. Levinson (Eds.), Encyclopedia of Homelessness. Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage. , pages 70-74.

Rafferty, Y., Piscitelli, V. & Boettcher, C. (2003). The impact of inclusion on language development and social competence among preschoolers with disabilities. Exceptional Children. Vol 69 (Issue 4) , pages 467-479.

Rafferty, Y., Boettcher, C. & Griffin, K. (2001). Benefits and risks of reverse inclusion for preschoolers with and without disabilities: Parents' perspectives. Journal of Early Intervention. Vol 24 (Issue 4) , pages 266-286.

Rafferty, Y., Friend, R. & Landsbergis, P. (2001). The association between job skill discretion, decision authority and burnout. Work & Stress. Vol 15 (Issue 1) , pages 73-85.

Rafferty, Y. & Radosh, A. (2000). AIDS prevention and condom availability in an urban school system: Facilitating factors and program challenges. Health Education Journal. Vol 59 , pages 17-35.

Rafferty, Y. (1999). Legal issues in educating homeless children: Past accomplishments and future challenges. Journal for a Just and Caring Education. Vol 5 (Issue 1) , pages 19-33.

Rafferty, Y. & Radosh, A. (1997). Attitudes about AIDS education and condom availability among parents of high school students in New York City: A focus group approach. AIDS Education and Prevention. Vol 9 (Issue 1) , pages 14-30.

Guttmacher, S., Lieberman, L., Ward, D., Radosh, A., Rafferty, Y. & Freudenberg, N. (1995). Parents' attitudes and beliefs about HIV/AIDS prevention with condom availability in New York City public high schools. Journal of School Health. Vol 65 (Issue 3) , pages 101-106.

Rafferty, Y. (1995). The legal rights and educational problems of homeless children and youth. Educational Evaluation and Policy Analysis. Vol 17 (Issue 1) , pages 39-61.

Rafferty, Y. & Shinn, M. (1991). The impact of homelessness on children. American Psychologist. Vol 46 , pages 1170-1179.

Friend, R., Rafferty, Y. & Bramel, D. (1990). A puzzling misinterpretation of the Asch "conformity" study. European Journal of Social Psychology. Vol 20 , pages 29-44.

Friend, R., Bramel, D. & Rafferty, Y. (1985). The misguided motto of American social psychology: "Two's intimacy, but three's a mob?". Contemporary Social Psychology. Vol 11 (Issue 5) , pages 203-205.


Rafferty, Y. (2015, September). Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI) Conference. The Recovery and (Re)integration of Children Who Have Been trafficked for Commercial Sexual Exploitation: A Review of Promising Policies and Practices. Sexual Violence Research Initiative (SVRI), Capetown


Child Trafficking, Commercial Sexual Exploitation; Prevention Programs; Early Head Start; Homelessness; Preschoolers with Disabilities.


  • American Orthopsychiatry Association (since 1990)
  • American Psychological Association (since 1985)
  • American Public Health Association (since 1985)
  • Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development (since 1998)
  • Society for Community Research and Action (since 1987)
  • Society for Research in Child Development (since 2001)
  • Society for the Psychological Study of Social Issues (since 1986)
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