Noël Busch-Armendariz, Ph.D., LMSW, MPA is a Professor and Director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work at at The University of Texas at Austin. She is also the former Associate Vice President for Research with the Office of the Vice President for Research.
Busch-Armendariz is a nationally recognized expert in sexual assault and human trafficking. She has conducted research funded by federal and state agencies such as the National Institute of Justice and the Texas Office of the Attorney General. Through her work as director of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault she strives to put this research into the hands of game changers. In April 2016, Department of Defense Secretary Ash Carter visited with Busch-Armendariz and School of Social Work leaders to learn how to incorporate research findings and recommendations into policies regarding sexual assault in the military. Busch-Armendariz and her research institute also co-developed a blueprint with The University of Texas System Police to provide guidance on how to better respond to victims of campus sexual assault. She also provided expertise to the White House Task Force to Protect Students From Sexual Assault, which in 2014 released its first-ever report on the subject. She is co-author for the first textbook on human trafficking or modern day slavery being released this January.
Busch-Armendariz has worked as a battered woman’s advocate, support group leader, program director, and registered lobbyist. 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. 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. 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.