Biographical and Educational Background:
Southwestern Georgia is the region where Dr. Hammock was born and raised. She attended the University of Georgia where she received her bachelor's, master's, and Ph.D. degrees (with a specialization in social psychology). After this, she moved to northern New York to accept a position at Clarkson University and served on the faculty from 1987 to 1999. While there, she also served in different administrative roles as well including Chair and Executive Officer of the Psychology Department. She was an Associate Professor at Kennesaw State University from 1998 to 2002. She has been teaching at Augusta State University since the fall of 2004.
Dr. Hammock has taught a number of classes over the years including general psychology, the psychology of adjustment, research methods, the psychology of gender, human sexuality, and personal relationships.
Dr. Hammock's research has centered on the use and perception of harmful behaviors. The research she has conducted spans a number of different aspects of aggressive behavior. One aspect of her research program has addressed aggression between strangers. She has also studied the use of aggression within the context of dating relationships. Her work in this area has looked at physical and psychological aggression and their relationship both to one another and to other factors present in the individual and situation. Other research has investigated a potential precursor of aggression, conflict. Yet another area of research is devoted to the perception of violent encounters. Specifically, she has studied the impact of situational factors such as alcohol use and the perception of the culpability of victims and perpetrators in a violent exchange.