Joel S. Milner
Professor Emeritus, Psychology
A Distinguished Research Professor, Dr. Joel Milner has been a key member of the NIU faculty since 1987, and has been active in leadership roles ever since his arrival. As one nominator wrote, Dr. Milner has established a reputation as a rigorous and effective professor at both the graduate and undergraduate levels. He is also an accomplished scholar. His work on the prevention of family violence and abuse has had an impact on both the national and international stages.
Over the course of his career, Dr. Milner has written more than 200 scholarly publications primarily focused on family violence and sexual assault. He has served as an editor for several scholarly journals, which includes a period of eleven years as an associate editor for Violence and Victims, a peer-reviewed journal. In addition, Dr. Milner has received more than 80 grants from private, state, and federal agencies including the National Science Foundation, the National Institute of Mental Health, and the United States Air Force. Combined, these grants amount to over $16 million.
Dr. Milner’s colleagues have referred to him as the “guiding light” of the Center for the Study of Family Violence and Sexual Assault of which he was the founding director. This center, which was founded in 1998, promotes research that “informs prevention, intervention, and treatment of family violence and sexual assault.” Their numerous contributions to the field have placed the college at the forefront of research on the causes, treatment, and prevention of family violence and sexual assault relative to both perpetrators and victims.
Though he is now retired, Dr. Milner continues to serve as Director Emeritus for the center, and continues to play an active role in its productivity. Dr. Milner’s research has focused on description and explanation of physical and sexual abuse of children, as well as adult sexual assault. His current research includes a multiple-year clinical trial of a new technique for preventing physical abuse of children with high-risk parents. More generally, Dr. Milner has continued to be active in supervising NIU graduate students in the psychology department, where he continues to be one of the department’s most sought-after teachers.