Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA

Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA

Professor and Director, Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault

Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., is full professor and director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault (IDVSA), a collaboration of the UT Austin’s School of Social Work, School of Nursing, School of Law, and the Bureau of Business Research, with over a 150 affiliate community organizations.

Busch-Armendariz’s areas of specialization are interpersonal violence, refugees, victims of human trafficking and asylees, and international social work. Since joining UT Austin, Busch-Armendariz has directed research for the federal National Institute of Justice, Office of Victims of Crime, Office of Violence Against Women, Texas Office of the Attorney General, the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault, and the Texas Health and Human Service Commission.

Prior to moving to Austin, Busch-Armendariz was director of research and special projects and interim director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Busch-Armendariz has years of experience working to end violence against women and their children and has worked as a battered woman’s advocate, support group leader, program director, and registered lobbyist. She has worked directly with incarcerated battered women who killed their batterers and regularly facilitates therapeutic support groups. She also regularly trains professionals on issues of violence against women and their children at local, state, and national meetings and conferences and has published many articles on the topic. She regularly teaches child welfare workers about the links between child maltreatment and domestic violence and adult protective service workers about sexual abuse of vulnerable adults.

Busch-Armendariz has served as an expert witness in dozens of criminal, civil, and immigration cases involving domestic violence and sexual assault. She co-directs a national training on how to be an ethical and effective expert witness. She also is called upon regularly to serve as an expert to Texas House and Senate committees.

In addition to her work in the area of interpersonal violence, Busch-Armendariz began working with refugees and immigrants in 1986 as an immigrant assistant and previously served as principal investigator of the Green Leaf Project, which provides intensive health and mental health services to refugees, victims of trafficking, asylees, and other immigrants in Central Texas. She is also principal investigator of several research projects exploring the needs of refugee and asylee families and victims of human trafficking by interviewing victims of these crimes.

Busch-Armendariz has many peer-reviewed publications in her areas of expertise. Over the past twenty years, she has traveled extensively throughout the world and has lived and worked in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland, Romania, Albania, South Korea and most recently in Dubai, United Arab Emirates.

Busch-Armendariz serves on the program committee of SafePlace, Inc. and served for five years on the board of directors for the Political Asylum Project of Austin (now American Gateways) and the policy committee of the Texas Council on Family Violence. She participates in several other statewide task forces and other initiatives related to interpersonal violence including Project Connect, a program of the national program Futures Without Violence. She is formerly a volunteer with the Victim Services of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the Victim Offender Mediated Dialog (VOMD) program. She is the Co-Editor-In-Chief of AFFILIA: The Journal of Women and Social Work and serves on the editorial board of The Journal of Immigrant and Refugee Studies: International, National, and Regional Theory, Research, and Practice, and Social Work Review Romania.

Busch-Armendariz is a licensed social work and a returned Peace Corps volunteer. She has been recognized for her contributions to social work as the Recent Most Distinguished Contributions to Social Work Education by the Council on Social Work Education and she has been recognized by her students and colleagues with several teaching awards.

She is happily married to Larry Armendariz and is most proud to be Daniel’s mother. She is a sexual assault survivor.

Curriculum Vitae (PDF)

Professional Interests

Violence against women and children; social and public policy; social justice; international social work education, training and practice; and adoption and child welfare issues.


  • Ph.D., University of South Carolina
  • M.P.A., University of South Carolina
  • M.S.W., University of South Carolina



Social Work Building (SSW)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1925 San Jacinto Blvd 1.218HA
STOP D3500
Austin, TX 78712-0358