Dr. M. Alexis Kennedy is an Associate Professor in the Department of Criminal Justice at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. She completed her Ph.D. in Forensic Psychology, winning multiple awards for her dissertation on cross-cultural perceptions of child abuse. A former lawyer, she has successfully integrated these different professional foci into her research agenda examining sexual exploitation. She has published on child abuse, sexual assault, exploitation through prostitution, internet crime and negative body image. She has received grants to study crime in Clark County and led a number of task forces. A recognized expert on sexual exploitation, she has testified in court, spoken throughout the United States and been quoted frequently in the media. Dr. Kennedy is an active mentor to nonprofit organizations locally and nationally. Her research can be found at alexiskennedy.com.