AUSTIN, Texas – Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., associate professor and director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at The University of Texas at Austin School of Social Work, has been appointed co-editor-in-chief of AFFILIA: Journal of Women and Social Work.

AFFILIA is dedicated to the discussion and development of feminist values, theories, and knowledge as they relate to social work and social welfare research, education, and practice. It is the only scholarly social work journal that addresses the concerns of social workers and their clients from a feminist point of view, offering a unique mix of research reports, new theory, and creative approaches to the challenges confronting women.

AFFILIA includes articles exploring such diverse subjects as abortion, pornography, sexual harassment, job discrimination, aging and the psychosocial empowerment of women. AFFILIA brings insight and knowledge to the task of eliminating discrimination and oppression, especially with respect to gender, race, ethnicity, class, age, disability, and sexual and affectional preference.

Busch-Armendariz joined the School of Social Work faculty in 2001. She has more than 20 years of experience as a researcher and practitioner working to end interpersonal violence and has worked as a battered woman’s advocate, support group leader, program director, and registered lobbyist. Busch-Armendariz has served as an expert witness in dozens of criminal, civil, and immigration cases involving domestic violence and sexual assault.

Busch-Armendariz earned her Ph.D., MSW, and MPA from the University of South Carolina. She is a licensed social worker (LMSW) and a Returned Peace Corps Volunteer. Busch-Armendariz was recently selected as a finalist for the 2012 Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award supported by both Futures Without Violence’s Linda Saltzman Memorial Fund and the Center for Disease Control Foundation’s Linda E. Saltzman Memorial Fund in honor of the late Dr. Saltzman and her work.