President

Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz

Noël Bridget Busch-Armendariz, PhD, LMSW, MPA, is an Associate Vice President for Research at The University of Texas at Austin and full Professor at the Steve Hicks School of Social Work, teaching graduate courses in administration and planning, social policy, research, and domestic violence. Dr. Busch-Armendariz is Director and Principal Investigator of the Institute on Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault.  

An accomplished researcher, Noël she is often called upon regularly to serve as an expert to Texas House and Senate Committees. Prior to moving to Austin, Busch-Armendariz was director of research and special projects and interim director of the South Carolina Coalition Against Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault. Busch-Armendariz has years of experience working to end violence against women and their children and has worked as a battered-woman’s advocate, support group leader, program director, and registered lobbyist.

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. She participates in several other statewide task forces and other initiatives related to interpersonal violence including Project Connect, a program of the national program Futures Without Violence. She is formerly a volunteer with the Victim Services of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the Victim Offender Mediated Dialog (VOMD) program.

Busch-Armendariz is a licensed social worker and a returned Peace Corps volunteer. She has been recognized for her contributions to social work by her students and colleagues with several teaching awards.

She is happily married to Larry Armendariz and is most proud to be Daniel’s mother. She is a sexual assault survivor.