Dr. Christy joined the University of Arkansas School of Social Work in August 2003. She has over 30 years of social work practice experience working in such settings as residential treatment for children & youth, medical and psychiatric hospitals, schools, community mental health agencies, domestic violence agencies and private practice. In direct practice, she specialized in working with survivors of abuse and trauma.  Dr. Christy has taught across with curriculum; including Social Welfare Policy, Advanced Policy and Practice with Children, Youth and Families, Research & Technology 1-3, MSW Foundation Field Seminar, Advanced MSW Field Seminar, Practice in Agencies and Communities, Domestic Violence, Service Learning in Belize and Advanced Practice.  In her research she conducts both qualitative and quantitative methods, focusing on such social/economic justice issues as intimate partner violence, health disparities, and economic development with individuals, families and communities. She has published numerous scholarly journal articles and made national and international presentations. She has provided consultation to the US Department of Health and Human Services, the Ford Foundation, the US Treasury Department, the Winthrop Rockefeller Foundation, and the US Social Security Administration in the areas of economic development/justice and intimate partner violence. She has also provided consultation and training in Spanish on the topic of violence against women in Bolivia. Additionally, Dr. Christy serves as a research proposal reviewer for the Grants Research Council of Hong Kong. She was also selected to be a Research Fellow at Cambridge University, UK to research intimate partner violence (IPV) for the 2017-2018 academic year.