Rebecca Macy, Ph.D., the Preyer Distinguished Professor for Strengthening Families, has been named associate dean for research and faculty development. The appointment is effective Oct. 1.Macy steps into the position following the tenure of Sheryl Zimmerman, a Kenan Distinguished Professor, who served in the role for about three years. “I am looking forward to working with Dr. Macy in this capacity,” said Dean Gary Bowen. “I believe that she will build upon the excellent foundation achieved by Dr. Zimmerman.”Macy is a leading scholar on interpersonal and relationship violence, especially interventions that promote violence survivors’ safety and recovery from the trauma of violence. Earlier this year, she was selected as a 2019 Fellow of the American Academy of Social Work and Social Welfare (AASWSW). The honor recognizes the distinguished accomplishments of scholars and practitioners who are “dedicated to achieving excellence in high-impact work that advances social good.” Macy is also a Fellow of the Society of Social Work and Research, which recognizes exemplary service, leadership and accomplishments in social work research.A graduate of Tulane University (MSW ‘93) and University of Washington (Ph.D. ‘02), she has been part of the UNC School of Social Work faculty since 2002 and previously served as associate dean for academic affairs.