Tamara Hurst, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor

Tamara Hurst’s research platform concerns the prevention of the commercial sexual exploitation of children (CSEC), and other issues related to the prevention of child maltreatment.    She was the recipient of a nationally selected interdisciplinary fellowship through the Doris Duke Foundation awarded to doctoral students who have been identified as future leaders in the field of child maltreatment prevention. Ms. Hurst is a licensed clinical social worker and a forensic interviewer.  She has conducted over 600 forensic interviews at Children’s Healthcare of Atlanta’s child advocacy center, and has testified over 80 times as an expert witness in the field of child sexual abuse.  Prior to joining USM, Ms. Hurst was a faculty member at Kennesaw State University in Georgia.  She frequently conducts presentations and trainings on topics related to child abuse and neglect, and childhood sexual exploitation.