Seriously Funny

Dr. Stern is a dynamic, compelling speaker who combines her academic research with her experience in both victim advocacy and stand-up comedy. Her audiences have included prosecutors, law enforcement, campus leadership, and military leadership. She is also able to tailor her presentations to meet the needs and the culture of each audience.

Fight Fire with Funny

One of her most popular presentations is for educators and advocates seeking to improve their teaching practices. “Fight Fire with Funny: Using Humor to Reframe Rape as a Moral Issue” is based on Dr. Stern’s dissertation research, and is an engaging overview of the strategic use of humor can maximize training effectiveness. This workshop is designed to drive awareness of moral development research, help participants develop effective counter-arguments to rape-supportive attitudes, expose attendees to the basic principles of using humor to teach, and provide an introduction to using humor responsibly and strategically in sexual assault education

The Takeaway

Dr. Stern is a subject matter expert, educator and a curriculum developer with nearly 25 years of experience in violence prevention education and advocacy. Her accomplishments include:


PhD in Curriculum and Instruction, University of Wisconsin-Madison and M.Ed in Educational Leadership, University of Illinois at Chicago


Creator/Co-creator of the USAF Bystander Intervention Curriculum; the USNA SHAPE Peer Education Curriculum and Training Program; Naval Station Great Lakes Leadership Program


SME on sexual violence prevention to the White House, US Army, US Navy, and National Guard


Keynote speaker at EVAWI,SCOPE, Dartmouth Conference on Sexual Assault in Higher Education, and many others

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