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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

Education

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
Year Description
2021 Fedina, L., King, C., DeVylder, J., & Herrenkohl, T. (2021, March). Poly-victimization and suicide risk in a national sample of emerging adults. University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center Science of Suicide Prevention Virtual Summit.
2021 Fedina, L., Backes, B., & Ashwell, L. (2021, April). Associations between intimate partner violence, sexual violence, stalking and economic insecurity. National Conference on Health and Domestic Violence (virtual).
2021 Fedina, L., Hong, S., Rousson, A., Lee, J.O., & Herrenkohl, T. I. (2021, June). Trajectories of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence. Society for Prevention Research Annual Virtual Meeting.
2020 Ashwell, L., Fedina, L., Backes, B., Hafner, S., & Rosay, A. (2020, October). Associations between intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and economic insecurity among women. American Public Health Association Annual Virtual Meeting and Expo.
2020 Fedina, L., Hafner, S., Schultz, K., Backes, B., Ashwell, L., & Rosay, A. (2020, October). Interpersonal violence, economic insecurity, and health among American Indian and Alaska Native men and women. American Public Health Association Annual Virtual Meeting and Expo.
2020 McCarty-Caplan, D., Paez, J., Gutiérrez, L., & Fedina, L. (2020, November). Deconstructing white supremacy in social work classrooms. Council on Social Work Education Annual Virtual Meeting.
2020 Fedina, L., Peitzmeier, S., Ashwell, L. Tolman, R., & Herrenkohl, T. (2020, November). Intimate partner violence and economic insecurity during the Covid-19 crisis. University of Michigan Injury Prevention Center Inaugural Research Symposium.
2020 Smith, M., Fedina, L., Lee, K., Sharpe, T., Pahwa, R., Barrio, C., DeVylder, J. (2020, January). The impact of secondary exposure to gun violence fatality on hallucination- and delusion-like experiences among three racial/ethnic groups. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
2020 Jackson, A., Fedina, L., DeVylder, J., & Barth, R. (2020, January). Associations between public perceptions of law enforcement and experiences of police violence. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
2020 Fedina, L., Jackson, A., Backes, B., Jun, H., DeVylder, J., Barth, R. (2020, January). Prevalence and sociodemographic differences in Poly-Victimization Exposure in a General Population Sample. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
2020 Fedina, L., Moss, L., DeVylder, J., & Barth, R. (2020, January). Mental health effects of joint exposure to Adverse Childhood Experiences and intimate partner violence among men and women. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
2019 Bessaha, M.L., Mushonga, D., & Fedina, L. (2019, October). College student perceptions of institutional responses to sexual assault reporting and general help-seeking intentions. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood 9th Conference, Toronto, ON.
2019 DeVylder, J., Jun, H., Fedina, L., & Barth, R. (2019, January). Mental health correlates of police violence exposure in Baltimore and New York City. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
2019 Jun, J., DeVylder, J., Fedina, L., & Barth, R. (2019, January). Police victimization exposure among adults diagnosed with mental illness. Poster presentation at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
2019 Fedina, L., Backes, B., Sulley, C., Wood, L., & Busch, N. (2019, January). Characteristics of stalking victimization among college students in the U.S. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
2019 Fedina, L., Backes, B., Jun, H., & DeVylder, J. (2019, January). Correlates of police reporting and responses to IPV: Do victims’ perceived police legitimacy and trustworthiness matter? Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA.
2018 Beaulieu, M., Fedina, L., Ting, L., & Sarmiento-Mellinger, M. (2018, November). An inteprofessional model for graduate education on intimate partner violence. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.
2018 Fedina, L., Bright, C., & Rosay, A. B. (2018, November). The effects of formal and informal disclosure on health outcomes among sexual assault victims. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
2018 Fedina, L., Backes, B., & Holmes, J. (2018, July). Systematic review of criminal justice responses to intimate partner stalking victimization. International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.
2018 Fedina, L. (2018, July). Understanding the health consequences of sexual violence. International Family Violence and Child Victimization Research Conference, Portsmouth, NH.
2018 Fedina, L., Jun, H., Nam, B., & DeVylder, J. (2018, January). Predictors of state violence towards women. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
2018 Fedina, L., Bright, C., & Busch-Armendariz, N., & Rosay, A. B. (2018, January). The effects of social determinants on long-term health outcomes among sexual assault survivors. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, D.C.
2017 Fedina, L. (2017, January). Consequences of domestic minor sex trafficking in the U.S. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
2017 Williamson, C., Perdue, T., & Fedina, L. (2017, May). Changing opiate markets in Ohio. Paper presented at Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
2017 Perdue, T., Fedina, L., & Williamson, C. (2017, May). Risk environment of the Ohio opiate market. Paper presented at Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
2017 Fedina, L., Williamson, C., & Perdue, T. (2017, May). Opiate related overdoses and health outcomes in Ohio. Paper presented at Society for Prevention Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
2017 Nam, B. DeVylder, J.,, Jun, H., Fedina, L., Shah, R., Link, B. (2017, November). Sexual orientation and mental health among adults in urban cities. Paper presented at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting, Atlanta, GA.
2017 Bessaha, M., & Fedina, L. (2017, November). Sociocultural predictors of psychological help-seeking behaviors among foreign-born emerging adults: A systematic review. Paper presented at the Society for the Study of Emerging Adulthood Biennial Conference, Washington, DC.
2017 Fedina, L., Bessaha, M., & Backes, B. (2017, November). Factors associated with sexual assault police reporting and victim service utilization among college-enrolled emerging adults. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
2017 Fedina, L., Bright, C., & Busch-Armendariz, N. (2017, November). The role of social determinants in health disparities associated with sexual victimization among women. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Philadelphia, PA.
2016 Rushovich, B., Fedina, L., & Greeno, E. (2016, January). The impact of a Title IV-E program on cultural competency gains for child welfare students. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
2016 Holmes, J., Fedina, L., & Backes, B. (2016, January). Campus sexual assault: A systematic review of prevalence findings. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
2016 Backes, B., Bessaha, M. L., & Fedina, L. (2016, January). Female victims of physical and sexual violence: Differences in seeking standalone services post-victimization. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
2016 Fedina, L. & Backes, B. (2016, January). Effects of county-level characteristics on forcible rape arrest rates. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, Washington, DC.
2016 Fedina, L., Perdue, T., & Williamson, C. (2016, June). Risks for domestic minor sex trafficking among runaway youth. Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
2015 Fedina, L. (2015, June). U.S. Department of Justice: Experiences with measuring hard to reach populations and sensitive topics. Measurement Meeting on Female Genital Cutting, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Atlanta, GA.
2015 Fedina, L. & Holmes, J. (2015, December). A systematic review of campus sexual assault prevalence rates in the United States: Findings from the last 15 years. National Institute of Justice, Washington, DC.
2015 Powell, K. H., Aparicio, E., Childress, S., Bailey-Kloch, M., Svoboda, D., Jones, A., Burruss, K., Fedina, L., Chatterjee, A., & Gioia, D. (2015, January). Creating a doctoral student peer debriefing safe space for qualitative research data analysis. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
2015 Fedina, L. (2015, January). A systematic review and methodological critique of human trafficking prevalence studies. Paper presented at the Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
2015 Fedina, L. & Murray, K. (2015, March). Teen dating violence victimization, perpetration, and sexual health outcomes among urban, low-income, racial and ethnic minority youth. Poster presented at the Futures Without Violence Bi-Annual Health and Domestic Violence Conference, Washington, DC.
2015 Fedina, L. (2015, May). Distinguishing between traditional child abuse and domestic minor sex trafficking. Paper presented at the Society for Prevention Research Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
2015 Fedina, L., Lee, J., & de Tablan, D. (2015, October). MSW graduates’ readiness to address intimate partner violence in practice settings. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
2015 Browning, K., Backes, B., & Fedina, L. (2015, November). Building researcher-practitioner partnerships: Reflections and lessons learns across 5 years of NIJ’s program. Roundtable presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
2015 Backes, B., & Fedina, L. (2015, November). NIJ-supported research on stalking: Looking back to move forward. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
2015 Fedina, L., Holmes, J., & Backes, B. (2015, November). A systematic review of campus sexual assault prevalence rates in the United States: Findings from the last 15 years. Paper presented at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.

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