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Lisa Fedina

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Lisa Fedina
Lisa Fedina received her BSW (2008) and MSW (2009) from the University of Toledo and her PhD from the University of Maryland, Baltimore (2018). Her research interests include gender-based violence and developing multidisciplinary and culturally responsive interventions aimed at improving the health and wellbeing of survivors. Her dissertation research was funded by the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice (Award: 2016-R2-CX-0016) and investigated the role of social determinants (i.e. race, ethnicity, economic insecurity) in health outcomes associated with sexual violence among women using data from the National Intimate Partner and Sexual Violence Survey (NISVS). Lisa completed a pre-doctoral Graduate Research Assistantship at NIJ in the Violence Against Women and Family Violence Program, where she led several studies on sexual violence, intimate partner violence, and stalking and served on task forces to promote cross-agency collaboration, including the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Lisa has previously worked with survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence, and human trafficking and led community organizing and policy advocacy initiatives to address gender-based violence.

Research Interests/Focus

Sexual violence, intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and women’s health; multidisciplinary and culturally responsive interventions to address gender-based violence; improving healthcare and criminal justice responses to victims; policy research and analysis


Year Degree   School
2018 PhD Social Work University of Maryland, Baltimore
2009 MSW Child and Family Welfare University of Toledo
2008 BSW Philosophy University of Toledo

DeVylder, J. E., Fedina, L., & Jun, H. J. (in press). The Neighborhood Change and Gentrification Scale: Factor analysis of a novel self-report measure. Social Work Research.

Fedina, L., Bright, C., & Busch-Armendariz, N. (in press). Health profiles of sexual assault victims: A descriptive analysis of racial, ethnic, and economic inequalities. Violence Against Women.

Jun, H. J., DeVylder, J. E., & Fedina, L. (in press). Police victimization among adults diagnosed with mental disorders. Health and Social Work.

Fedina, L., Backes, B., Jun, H., Barth, R., & DeVylder, J. (in press). Police legitimacy, trustworthiness, and associations with intimate partner violence. Policing: An International Journal.

DeVylder, J. E. Lalane, M., & Fedina, L. (2019). The association between abusive policing and PTSD symptoms among U.S. police officers. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Fedina, L., Backes, B. L., Sulley, C., Wood, L., & Busch-Armendariz, N. (2019). Prevalence and sociodemographic factors associated with stalking victimization among college students. Journal of American College Health.

Jun, H., Nam, B., Fedina, L., Smith, M. E., Schiffman, J., Link, B., & DeVylder, J. E. (2018). Paranoid beliefs and realistic expectations of victimization: Data from the Survey of Police-Public Encounters. Schizophrenia Research.

Greeno, E. J., Fedina, L., Lee, B. R., Farrell, J., & Harburger, D. (2018). Psychological well-being, risk, and resilience of youth in out-of-home care and former foster youth. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Greeno, E. J., Fedina, L., Rushovich, B., Wirt, C., Burry, C., & Linsenmeyer, D. (2018). The impact of a Title IV-E program on perceived practice skills for child welfare students: A review of five academic cohorts. Advances in Social Work, 18(2), 474-489.

Fedina, L. & Murray, K. (2018). Health consequences of teen dating abuse among African-American and Latino youth. Domestic Violence Report, 23(3), 35-38.

DeVylder, J. E., Jun, H. J., Fedina, L, Anglin, D., Cogburn, C., Coleman, D., Link, B., & Barth, R. P. (2018). Association of exposure to police violence with prevalence of mental health symptoms among urban residents in the United States. JAMA Network Open, 1(7).

Fedina, L., Perdue, T., Bright, C., & Williamson, C. (2018). An ecological analysis of risk factors for runaway behavior among individuals exposed to commercial sexual exploitation. Journal of Child and Adolescent Trauma.

Nam, B., Jun, H. J., Fedina, L., Shah, R., & DeVylder, J. E. (2018). Sexual orientation and mental health among adults in four U.S. cities. Psychiatry Research, 273, 134-140.

Fedina, L., Nam, B., Jun, H., Shah, R., Von Mach, T., Bright, C. L., & DeVylder, J. E. (2017). Moderating effects of resilience on depression, psychological distress, and suicidal ideation associated with interpersonal violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Fedina, L., Backes, B. L., Jun, H. J., Shah, R., Nam, B., Link, B., & DeVylder, J. E. (2017). Police violence among women in four U.S. cities. Preventive Medicine.

Shah, R., Von Mach, T., Fedina, L., Link, B., & DeVylder, J. E. (2017). Intimate partner violence and psychotic experiences in four U.S. cities. Schizophrenia Research.

Fedina, L., Lee, J., & de Tablan, D. (2017). MSW graduates’ readiness to respond to intimate partner violence. Journal of Social Work Education.

Fedina, L., & DeForge, B. R. (2017). Estimating the trafficked population: Public health research methodologies may be the answer. Journal of Human Trafficking, 3(1), 21-38.

Greeno, E. J., Fedina, L., & Rushovich, B., Moore, J. E., Linsenmeyer, D., & Wirt, C. (2017). 'They tippy toe around the race issue:’ The impact of a Title IV-E program on cultural competency gains for child welfare students. Child and Family Social Work.

Fedina, L., Howard, D. E., Wang, M. Q., & Murray, K. (2016). Teen dating violence victimization, perpetration, and sexual health correlates among urban, low-income, ethnic and racial minority youth. International Quarterly of Community Health Education, 37(1), 3-12.

Fedina, L., Williamson, C., & Perdue, T. (2016). Risk factors for domestic child sex trafficking in the United States. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Fedina, L., Holmes, J. L., & Backes, B. L. (2016). Campus sexual assault: A systematic review of prevalence research from 2000 to 2015. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.

Fedina, L., Holmes, J. L., & Backes, B. L. (2016). How prevalent is campus sexual assault in the United States? National Institute of Justice Journal No. 277.

Svoboda, D., & Fedina, L. (2015). Book review: Social work and domestic violence: Developing critical and reflective practice. Qualitative Social Work, 14(6), 844-853.

Fedina, L. (2014). Use and misuse of research in books on sex trafficking: Implications for interdisciplinary researchers, practitioners, and advocates. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse, 16(2), 188-198.

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