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NSU to Host Experts on Battered Woman Syndrome and Mental Health & the U.S. Judicial System


FORT LAUDERDALE/DAVIE, Fla.Nova Southeastern University’s (NSU) College of Psychology and the Shepard Broad College of Law will hostPioneering Women Making History in Psychology and Law” on Thursday, October 25 from 5:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. in the Rose and Alfred Miniaci Performing Arts Center on the Fort Lauderdale/Davie campus. The program will feature a book reading and panel discussion with Lenore Walker, Ed.D., and Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren, followed by a book signing.

Judge and Lenore

Judge Ginger Lerner-Wren and Lenore Walker, Ed.D., ABPP

Dr. Walker is a psychologist who has researched various forms of gender violence, especially battered women, sexual assault, sexual harassment, sex and human trafficking, false confessions of women and child abuse. As a clinical forensic psychologist, she has testified as an expert witness in trials involving domestic abuse.

Through her research, she developed the concept of the battered woman syndrome, which is cited in cases of physically and psychologically abused women who have killed their abusers in self-defense. Dr. Walker will read excerpts from the fourth edition of her book The Battered Woman Syndrome.

Judge Lerner-Wren is a county court judge in The Criminal Division of the 17th Judicial Circuit, Broward County. In what has been recognized as a historic administrative order, she was appointed to administer and preside over the U.S.’s first mental health court in 1997.

In her book A Court of Refuge, she details how the court grew from an offshoot of her criminal division, held during lunch hour without the aid of any federal funding, to a revolutionary institution that has successfully diverted more than 20,000 individuals suffering from various mental illnesses from jail to treatment facilities or other community resources. Attendees will have the opportunity to hear firsthand how Judge Lerner-Wren coordinated and led this specialized court that addresses the complexities of mental health and the judicial system.

This event is free and open to the public. Attendees are encouraged to RSVP to www.nova.edu/sharkchats by October 18, 2018. For more information, please call Paula Boros at (954) 262 5874 or email at pb756@nova.edu.


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About Nova Southeastern University (NSU): Located in beautiful Fort Lauderdale, Florida, NSU is ranked among U.S. News & World Report’s Top 200 National Research Universities and is a dynamic, private research university providing high-quality educational and research programs at the undergraduate, graduate, and first-professional degree levels. Established in 1964, NSU now includes 16 colleges, the 215,000-square-foot Center for Collaborative Research, a private JK-12 grade school, the Mailman Segal Center for Human Development with specialists in Autism, the world-class NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and the Alvin Sherman Library, Research and Information Technology Center, which is Florida’s largest public library. NSU has campuses in Fort Lauderdale, Fort Myers, Jacksonville, Miami, Miramar, Orlando, Palm Beach, and Tampa, Florida, as well as San Juan, Puerto Rico, while maintaining a presence online globally. Classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, NSU is one of only 50 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification, and is also the largest private institution in the United States that meets the U.S. Department of Education’s criteria as a Hispanic-serving Institution. For more information, please visit http://www.nova.edu/.


College of Psychology: Nova Southeastern University’s College of Psychology is home to outstanding programs offered at the baccalaureate, master’s, specialist, and doctoral levels. The College is proud to have three clinical and school psychology doctoral programs as well as two internship programs accredited by the Commission on Accreditation of the American Psychological Association. Additionally, The College’s master’s degree program in school counseling as well as the specialist and doctoral programs in school psychology are approved by the Florida Department of Education. The specialist program in school psychology holds the designation of National Recognition by the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP). The Psychology Service Center’s 15 clinics provide services to all residents of the South Florida area, including children, adolescents, adults, and elderly clients.

The College’s student-centered undergraduate programs in psychology and neuroscience offer numerous opportunities for students to learn outside of the classroom environment. The undergraduate department has six research labs where students complete independent research which prepares them for entry into selective graduate programs and/or industry.

The College’s outstanding and well renowned faculty members serve as leaders in their fields locally, nationally, and across the global. Faculty use their wealth of experience to create innovative and career focused curricula which inspire students to excel in their chosen profession.

Small and interactive classes, outstanding faculty, empirically based curricula, supportive learning environment all contribute in giving our students the “NSU Edge”. For more information on the College, please visit psychology.nova.edu.


Shepard Broad College of Law: Nova Southeastern University’s College of Law offers a cutting edge, skills-centered academic program in three-year full-time and four-year part-time divisions. With its recently redeveloped clinical programs, every NSU Law student is guaranteed a live-client experience. In-house clinical studies are supplemented by full-time field placement opportunities practicing law in Florida, across the United States, or select locations throughout the globe. To solidify student success after graduation, NSU Law pioneered a curriculum on the business of lawyering through the NSU Law Leadership Academy. NSU Law students have a myriad of curricular opportunities, including a rich, diverse curriculum, concentrations in International Law, Health Law or IP, Technology and Cybersecurity; dual degree programs abroad in Rome, Barcelona, or Prague; dual degree programs at many of NSU’s other 17 colleges; and much more.  For more information, please visit www.law.nova.edu.


October 9, 2018

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Tasha Yohan