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Lisa Fedina

Assistant Professor of Social Work

Lisa Fedina

Dr. Lisa Fedina (she/her) is an assistant professor at the School of Social Work. Her research investigates the connections between different forms of violence across the lifespan (e.g., child maltreatment, intimate partner violence, sexual assault), health and mental health outcomes. Her current studies are funded by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, the National Institute on Aging and the U.S. Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice. This research examines socio-ecological risk, protective factors against suicide risk, adverse mental health outcomes associated with childhood and youth violence exposure, intimate partner violence and sexual assault. She is particularly interested in understanding how social policy and structural factors perpetuate inequalities in violence and health, and improving systems-level (e.g., criminal justice, healthcare) responses to gender-based violence. Fedina's research has been published in top peer-reviewed journals including the American Journal of Public Health and has been featured in outlets such as Psychology Today and USA Today. She has served on task forces to develop policy guidance for issues related to violence, including the White House Task Force to Protect Students from Sexual Assault. Her social work practice background is in community organizing, policy analysis and advocacy, direct services to survivors of sexual assault, intimate partner violence and human trafficking.

Research Interests/Focus

Sexual violence, intimate partner violence; suicide risk; criminal justice; 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 Social Work University of Toledo

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