Beyond #MeToo at UMSN's Summer Institute

Summer Institute participants and organizers
The 2019 UMSN Global Summer Institute on Reproductive and Sexual Health took place on May 10-17 in a two-day conference followed by a five-day workshop. The 2019 Summer Institute theme:  “Beyond #MeToo” explored ways to advance knowledge and practice to address gender based violence and human trafficking. More than 60 attendees from around the world networked with UMSN faculty and the larger community. This year, we hosted participants from Brazil, Botswana, Chile, China, Ethiopia, Mongolia, Tanzania, Thailand and Turkey.
The institute included a conference and workshopUMSN opened the two-day conference with a keynote from world-renowned researcher Dr. Elizabeth Miller. She defined current challenges in reproductive coercion and explored ways to connect research with policy. The conference continued with a second keynote from Dr. Hanni Stoklosa on human trafficking and ways to improve healthcare for trafficking victims, as well as how law enforcement systems can become more effective in recognizing and utilizing current resources.
The Global Summer Institute continued with a five-day workshop providing participants with the competencies to design and conduct culturally appropriate research to improve reproductive and sexual health around the globe. International participants presented a Global Panel focused on the unique challenges and opportunities their communities face within the global #MeToo movement including gender-based violence and human trafficking. This panel was open to the U-M community and it generated learning opportunities through discussions of the similarities and differences in reproductive and sexual health in various contexts.
The 2019 Global Summer Institute was made possible by generous contributions from our unit sponsors at the Center for African Studies, Center for Latin American Studies, Center for South East Asia Studies, Center for Education of Women Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, Global Michigan at the Provost’s Office, Institute for Research on Women and Gender, as well as individual sponsors Norma and Ashish Sarkar.
Nursing contact hours were awarded to nurses attending the institute.

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  • May 7-8 Conference
  • May 11-15 Workshops

2019 Speakers

Dr. Elizabeth MillerKeynote Speaker Dr. Elizabeth Miller: Reproductive Coercion

Dr. Elizabeth Miller is a Professor in Pediatrics, Public Health, and Clinical and Translational Science at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine and Director of the Division of Adolescent and Young Adult Medicine, UPMC Children’s Hospital of Pittsburgh. Trained in Internal Medicine and Pediatrics and medical anthropology, she has over 15 years of practice and research experience in addressing interpersonal violence prevention and adolescent health promotion in clinical and community settings.


Hanni StoklosaKeynote Speaker Dr. Hanni Stoklosa: Human Trafficking

Hanni Stoklosa, MD, MPH, is the Executive Director of HEAL Trafficking, an emergency physician at Brigham and Women’s Hospital (BWH) with appointments at Harvard Medical School and the Harvard Humanitarian Initiative. She is Director of the Global Women's Health Fellowship at BWH, Connors Center. Dr. Stoklosa is an internationally-recognized expert, advocate, researcher, and speaker on the wellbeing of trafficking survivors in the U.S. and internationally through a public health lens. She has advised the United Nations, International Organization for Migration, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, U.S. Department of Labor, U.S. Department of State, and the National Academy of Medicine on issues of human trafficking and testified as an expert witness multiple times before the U.S. Congress. Moreover, she has conducted research on trafficking and persons facing the most significant social, economic, and health challenges in a diversity of settings including Australia, China, Egypt, Guatemala, India, Liberia, Nepal, Kazakhstan, the Philippines, South Sudan, Taiwan, and Thailand. Among other accolades, Dr. Stoklosa has been honored with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Women’s Health Emerging Leader award, the Harvard Medical School Dean's Faculty Community Service award, has been named as an Aspen Health Innovator and National Academy of Medicine Emerging Leader. Her anti-trafficking work has been featured by the New York Times, National Public Radio, Glamour, Canadian Broadcasting Corporation, STAT News, and Marketplace. Dr. Stoklosa published the first textbook addressing the public health response to trafficking, "Human Trafficking Is a Public Health Issue, A Paradigm Expansion in the United States."


Dana BeckDana Beck

Dana Beck, BA, BSN, RN, FNP-BC, a Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Future of Nursing Scholar, at Johnson & Johnson, is interested in improving the health of vulnerable women and girls globally through increased access to comprehensive reproductive health services. Specifically, she is interested in the process of community mobilization enacted through socially accountable, gender transformative research and the longitudinal impact on the community. 

Beck earned her Bachelor of Arts in Anthropology and Bachelors of Science in Nursing from the University of Michigan and her Master’s of Science in Nursing as a Primary Care Family Nurse Practitioner from the University of Michigan.

She worked as a healthworker at the Atlanta Feminist Women’s Health Center and as a Clinical Research Assistant in the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Maryland School of Medicine before returning to school to obtain her nursing degree. As a nurse, Beck worked in a cardio-thoracic surgical step down unit for 2.5 years before transitioning to work on the child and adolescent mental health unit at the University of Michigan Health System in Ann Arbor. During this time, she also worked per-diem at Henry Ford Hospital in Detroit as a float nurse on their telemetry units and gained experience as a Research Assistant at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. 

Beck lives in Detroit, Michigan.


Carol BoydCarol Boyd: Career Planning: Four Components to Planning your Research Career Destination and Impact: What will you and your research be known for?

In addition to the School of Nursing, Dr. Carol Boyd also holds U-M appointments as Professor, Women's Studies Department, LSA; Research Professor, Addiction Center, Dept. of Psychiatry; Research Professor, Institute for Research on Women & Gender. She is also the Director of the Center for the Study of Drugs, Alcohol, Smoking and Health (DASH). She has conducted mixed-method studies that use innovative technologies to examine the relationship between gender, health and drug, alcohol and nicotine use. She has had extramural funding to conduct mixed-method studies with women crack smokers (1989-1995, NIH funded), prisoners (1999-2004, MDOC and Robert Wood Johnson funded), adolescents and college students (2003-present, NIH funded), and secondary analytic studies of substance use among high risk populations, including LGB sub-populations (2016-present, NIH funded). Moreover, Dr. Boyd has used innovative technologies to survey adolescents and young adults on substance use and related behaviors. Dr. Boyd was the first researcher (as a Principal Investigator) to develop two web-based surveys, Student Life Survey and Secondary Student Life Survey, to examine substance use and related behaviors among adolescents and emerging adults. The Student Life Surveys were the foundation for five NIH funded studies and the Secondary Student Life Survey is now being used on smart phones. Dr. Boyd's international experiences includes teaching, mentoring and research in China, Ghana, Liberia, Poland and Zambia.


Mike BrinichMike Brinich: Using media to communicate research and program findings

Mike Brinich has more than 15 years of experience developing media outreach and marketing strategies for universities, private equity firms, and sports entertainment groups. Prior to joining the University of Michigan, he specialized in content strategies for Wayne State University in Detroit to raise public awareness about the school's health equity research and outreach. He holds an M.A. in public relations and advertising from Michigan State University, and a B.A. in advertising and mass communications. 



Lindsay CannonLindsay Cannon: Overview of Gender Based Violence

Lindsay Cannon, MPH, MSW, is a Clinical Research Coordinator at the University of Michigan School of Nursing. She received her Bachelor's degrees in Neuroscience and Psychology from The Ohio State University, and her Master's degrees in Social Work and Public Health from the University of Michigan. Her research interests include access to family planning, integration of reproductive healthcare and substance use treatment, and prevention interventions for sexual violence, reproductive coercion, and intimate partner violence. She has volunteered as an advocate for sexual violence and intimate partner violence survivors for 8 years and currently facilitates a support group for women who have experienced intimate partner violence who are currently incarcerated. 


Bridgette CarrBridgette Carr: Human Trafficking in the Global Context

Professor Bridgette Carr, '02, has dedicated her career to advocating for the rights of human trafficking victims and advancing comprehensive domestic and international anti-trafficking policies. Her work focuses on driving paradigm shifts in the way human trafficking victimization is perceived and addressed, and helping reintegrate victims by developing legal solutions that address the complex issues of coercion and victimization around compelled service and its aftermath.

As the founding director of the University of Michigan Law School's Human Trafficking Clinic, the first clinical law program solely devoted to addressing this issue comprehensively, Professor Carr, her colleagues, and a new generation of trainees have provided free legal services to victims since 2009, supporting the wide-ranging needs of men, women, and children, both foreign nationals and U.S. citizens, who have been victimized by a range of trafficking crimes. Using the U-M clinic as a model, Professor Carr is working with university partners around the world to develop similar programs to combat human trafficking and train law students, and has helped establish university law clinics in Mexico, Ethiopia, and Brazil to broaden the network of legal experts who can address the issues of compelled service that transcend international borders. She is the lead author of the first casebook on human trafficking law and policy, which examines the cross-section of criminal justice, civil and human rights, immigration, and international law that frames these issues.

Professor Carr regularly provides human trafficking training to law enforcement, government officials, and health care providers, as well as consultations to state and national authorities on the issue of human trafficking. She is a member of the Michigan Human Trafficking Taskforce, a collaborative effort to identify and rescue victims, prosecute offenders, restore victims, and educate people in Michigan about human trafficking, in both sexual and labor exploitation. In 2013, she was appointed to Michigan's first Commission on Human Trafficking by Attorney General Bill Schuette. She also has served as a consultant to the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), the UN agency focused on criminal justice for victims of human trafficking and migrant smuggling. She has appeared as an expert on human trafficking on The Today Show, MSBNC, and National Public Radio, and has been quoted in The New York Times and many other news outlets. Professor Carr received her BA, cum laude, from the University of Notre Dame and earned her JD, cum laude, from Michigan Law. During law school, she was a Michigan refugee and asylum law fellow with Amnesty International. Prior to joining the Law School faculty, she was an associate clinical professor at the University of Notre Dame Law School, where she led the Immigrant Rights Project. In 2008, she was awarded a Marshall Memorial Fellowship to study human trafficking issues in Europe


Lisa FedinaLisa Fedina: Human Trafficking: Directions for Research

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.


Yasamin KusunokiYasamin Kusunoki: Overview of Gender Based Violence

Dr. Kusunoki’s research focuses on understanding sources of gender, racial/ethnic, and socioeconomic disparities in reproductive health behaviors and outcomes during adolescence and emerging adulthood, particularly the role of young people’s social contexts such as their intimate relationships, families, neighborhoods, and schools. She is Co-I on the NICHD-funded, longitudinal study, the Relationship Dynamics and Social Life (RDSL), which investigates the dynamic factors that contribute to the risk of unintended pregnancy during emerging adulthood. She is PI on an NICHD-funded R03 and several internal grants from the Population Studies Center and the Institute for Research on Women and Gender using these data to examine the correlates and consequences of intimate partner violence. She is a Co-I on an NICHD-funded R03 that investigates trajectories of sexual violence victimization and perpetration among adolescents in middle and high school and a Co-PI on an Injury Center pilot grant studying attitudes and behaviors related to sexual violence perpetration among emerging adults. She is also conducting translational research funded by MICHR and the Injury Center that is collecting pilot data on intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion experiences among women in reproductive health clinic settings in order to inform the development of an intimate partner violence and reproductive coercion intervention.

Dr. Kusunoki’s teaching philosophy is grounded in her experiences as a student, teacher, and mentor. She has trained and mentored undergraduate and graduate students on both survey research methods and substantive topics. Her main goals for student learning are the acquisition of information and the development of three key skills: critical thinking, problem-solving, and the ability to articulate ideas both verbally and in writing. These skills are not only necessary to learn the information being taught but will also help students realize their career and life-long objectives. She is currently teaching Research Synthesis for DNP students in the School of Nursing and guest lecturing on topics that include adolescent development, adolescent sexual and reproductive health, unintended pregnancy, and intimate partner violence in a number of courses in the School of Public Health.


Elizabeth K. KuzmaElizabeth K. Kuzma: Educating Health Care Providers

Dr. Elizabeth Kuzma is a Family Nurse Practitioner and currently practices in the University of Michigan Health System (UMHS) Regional Alliance for Healthy Schools (RAHS) clinic at Pathways to Success Academic campus. In this practice, she works with vulnerable and underserved youth for their health promotion, primary care, and acute care needs. Dr. Kuzma is the FNP Program Lead teaches in the Health Behavior and Biological Sciences department. Dr. Kuzma’s research and scholarship focus includes a variety of adolescent health issues, particularly related to trauma, sexuality and gender identity.



Jpdy LoriJody Lori: Global Panel: Workshop participants from the international community discuss GBV, human trafficking and reproductive coercion in their home countries – current perspectives, challenges, and opportunities 

Dr. Lori is Director, PAHO/WHO Collaborating Center.

Dr. Lori’s program of research contributes to the design and testing of innovative models of care to improve maternal and newborn health in areas of the world challenged by a lack of human resources, long distances to care, and cultural, gender, and socio-economic barriers. The design of the interventions utilizes a human rights framework to tackle the intractable problems of preventable maternal and newborn death through strengthening health systems and influencing reproductive health policy. Her research has contributed to the development of models of care to reduce the burden of maternal and newborn mortality on individuals, their families, and society through a program of participatory action research in low-resource countries.

The key policy issues driving her research are the 300,000 maternal deaths, 2.6 million stillbirths, and 2.8 million neonatal deaths that occur each year worldwide – with the vast majority occurring in low resource countries. Funding for her program of research has come from diverse intramural and extramural sources including the National Institutes of Health/Fogarty International Center, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), multiple private foundations including the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, ELMA, and Merck for Mothers. She has extensive field work experience in Ghana, Guatemala, Ethiopia, Liberia, Mexico, and Zambia.


Heather L. McCauleyHeather L. McCauley: Measurements and Interventions Used in Reproductive Coercion Research

Dr. Heather McCauley is a social epidemiologist and Assistant Professor in the Department of Human Development & Family Studies (HDFS) at Michigan State University. Her research focuses on the health impacts of and intervention strategies to reduce intimate partner violence, sexual assault and reproductive coercion, with emphasis on victimization among populations who experience marginalization (e.g. sexual and gender minorities). Her currently funded projects focus on homelessness among survivors of domestic violence, resources for victims of crime, and violence victimization in the transgender community. Dr. McCauley has authored or co-authored more than 60 peer-reviewed journal publications and has given more than 100 regional and national addresses on her work. At MSU, Dr. McCauley is the Chair of MSU’s Sexual Violence Advisory Committee. At the national level, Dr. McCauley serves on grant review panels for the National Institute of Justice and the National Institutes of Health. She is Associate Editor of the multidisciplinary research journal Psychology of Violence."


Alain MukwegeAlain Mukwege: Overview of Gender Based Violence

Alain Mukwege is a Congolese born physician and a human right activist. His work was inspired by his father’s, Denis Mukwege, who has been nominated multiple times to the Nobel peace prize for his advocacy against sexual violence in conflict zones. Alain Mukwege is a member of the advisory board of Panzi Foundation USA, a non-profit organization whose mission is to provide holistic care to victims of sexual violence and to advocate to end violence against women and girls in DR Congo and beyond its borders. He holds a Master a Clinical research and Translational Science and his research interests lie in the development of mechanisms to improve of Women’s health and to prevent gender based violence.

Presently living in Ann Arbor Michigan to prepare for a training in Obstetrics and Gynecology, his work also involves building partnerships between American institutions and Panzi Hospital to help develop local Congolese capacities to address local problems. This framed collaborations with notably, the University Of Michigan School Of Nursing and with World without Genocide. He believes that the cessation of violence against women would be indispensable in the advancement of healthy communities and that violence against women in addition to be a violation of basic human rights is also a global health hazard.


Michelle Munro-KramerMichelle Munro-Kramer: Human Trafficking in the Global Context

Dr. Michelle Munro-Kramer's program of research focuses on trauma, comprehensive care of vulnerable populations, and missed opportunities for care within domestic and international contexts. Her research projects approach these topics using a trauma-informed and patient-centered lens. She uses mixed methods and participatory action research to understand the experiences of vulnerable populations in order to inform future intervention development.

Dr. Munro-Kramer is currently adapting and piloting a web-based app focused on healthy relationships and sexual violence using a life skills perspective at the University of Michigan. She is also working on adapting and piloting a primary prevention sexual violence intervention to the University of Cape Coast in Ghana. Her global health field work has included Ethiopia, Ghana, Liberia, and Zambia.


Quyen NgoQuyen Ngo: Educating Health Care Providers

Dr. Ngo is a Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Emergency Medicine’s Injury Prevention Center at the University of Michigan. She also serves as the Internship Lead of the Training and Education Core at the U-M Injury Prevention Center, teaching and mentoring future generations of academic and clinical researchers. Dr. Ngo is a fully-licensed Clinical Psychologist with experience working with high-risk youth and training in trauma-informed therapeutic approaches and has expertise in substance use, violence and trauma, contemplative practice, and technology-assisted psychological interventions. Dr. Ngo is developing technology-enhanced interventions to reduce co-occurring substance use and violence perpetration among youth.


Michelle PardeeMichelle Pardee: Human Trafficking: Directions for Research

The focus of Dr. Pardee's clinical scholarship is adolescent medicine, with her primary interests centering around healthcare for runaway and homeless adolescents, trauma-informed care, as well as human trafficking. Acting on these interests, she currently practices in a school-linked health center.

Dr. Pardee teaches in first and second year graduate level clinical courses with AGPCNP, FNP, and PCPNP students, as well as in the interprofessional team-based decision making course. In addition to her classroom work, she serves as a clinical preceptor for graduate students at the Taylor Teen Health Clinic where she currently practices. As an instructor, Dr. Pardee's pedagogy centers around the idea that everyone is capable of learning and that it is her job to adapt her teaching strategies so that can happen. In addition, she believes that showing her passion for nursing and the nurse practitioner profession is important to motivating and educating future nurse practitioners.


Sarah PeitzmeierSarah Peitzmeier: Violence Among Trans Individuals

Sarah Peitzmeier is a mixed-methods researcher focusing on violence and sexual health in marginalized populations. Her dissertation work examined the effects of different types of violence – client, police, pimp, and intimate partner violence (IPV) – against sex workers in Russia on propagating HIV risk, and how multiple types of violence synergistically impact risk. This work builds on her quantitative and qualitative researched investigating the role of violence against female sex workers and men who have sex with men in the HIV epidemic in Baltimore, the Gambia, Camaroon, and Mongolia, as well as work on IPV victimization and perpetration globally. She is also conducting ongoing work around sexual health and violence in LGBT populations, including issues of sexual violence, IPV, and HPV and cervical cancer risk in transgender populations and lesbian and bisexual women.


Gurpreet Kaur RanaGurpreet Kaur Rana: Investigation and awareness-building of SRH data sources and toolkits  

Global Health Coordinator, Taubman Health Sciences Library

I lead the Taubman Health Sciences Library's Global Health Program, establishing partnerships, promoting and fostering international relationships, and creating opportunities in research, teaching and learning in the health sciences. In my role as Global Health Coordinator, I implement a range of efforts to contribute to the University's efforts in global health and health equity. The library's Global Health Program leverages the informationist role in global health, creates educational partnerships within the U-M health sciences community, explores the role of informatics in health equity, conducts expert searching, investigates data sources, and takes part in global health research -- working towards lessening health inequity around the world through the power of information.


Julia S. SengJulia S. Seng: Counseling based interventions for Gender Based Violence

Dr. Seng’s research focuses on the effects of posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) on women’s health and childbearing. Her projects approach this topic from a variety of perspectives.  She used qualitative, participatory action research to understand women's experiences and to inform intervention development.  Epidemiological analyses have established that PTSD is associated with pregnancy complications and worse physical health across the lifespan for women.  Clinical studies currently are examining neuroendocrine pathways that link PTSD to preterm birth, lower birth weight, and pregnancy complications.  Implementation study of a psychoeducation program for women with abuse-related PTSD, known as the “Survivor Moms’ Companion” is underway.


Charlene Y. SennCharlene Y. Senn: Educating Health Care Providers

Charlene Y. Senn is a Tier 1 Canada Research Chair in Sexual Violence and Professor of Psychology and Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Windsor. Her research centres on effective interventions for sexual violence (SV) and puts feminist and social psychological theories into practice.

With Canadian Institutes of Health Research funding, she developed the Enhanced Assess, Acknowledge, Act (EAAA, aka Flip the Script) sexual assault resistance education program for university women that reduces the SV they experience by 50% across one year. The positive effects last for at least two years. EAAA is being implemented on campuses in North America, New Zealand, and Australia, and adapted in Swaziland and for younger girls (14-17) and transgender students (  With Anne Forrest, Charlene also works on another piece of the campus SA prevention puzzle to institutionalize effective bystander education for students of all genders ( and to evaluate its impact.


Akshay SharmaAkshay Sharma: Managing Data Quality

Trained as a physician and an epidemiologist, Dr. Sharma’s research interests include examining new approaches for increasing the frequency of HIV and STD testing among men who have sex with men in the United States, with a focus on telehealth and home self-testing. He is also interested in evaluating behavioral and biomedical interventions for HIV prevention, and epidemiologic study design and methodological issues such as identifying analytical approaches to improve the detection of true underlying benefits of primary prevention strategies. Before moving to the United States, Dr. Sharma was involved in community HIV and STD risk reduction activities such as encouraging safe sex and promoting the use of barrier contraceptives in rural areas in the southern Indian state of Karnataka.


Vijay SinghVijay Singh: Educating Health Care Providers

Vijay Singh, M.D., M.P.H., M.S., Clinical Assistant Professor in the Departments of Family Medicine, Internal Medicine, and Emergency Medicine, earned his medical degree from Northwestern University’s Feinberg School of Medicine (2002) and master’s degree in public health from Bloomberg School of Public Health at Johns Hopkins University (2003), where he also completed a post-doctoral research fellowship (2004). His family medicine residency training was at University of California at Los Angeles (2007), where he served as an academic chief resident. He additionally obtained a master's degree in health and health care research at University of Michigan (U-M) (2009), where he completed the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Clinical Scholars Program (2010).

Dr. Singh is a family medicine physician who works clinically in Medical Short Stay Unit, a hospitalist service at the U-M Health System. He served as interpersonal violence curriculum director for U-M Medical School, where he has taught intimate partner violence (IPV) screening to over 1,800 medical students. He recently adapted and delivered an IPV screening curriculum to over 200 medical students in Ghana. His research interest is in health care identification of and response to IPV. His research has been supported by grants from the World Health Organization, American Academy of Family Physicians Foundation, Society of Teachers of Family Medicine Foundation, and Michigan Institute for Clinical and Health Research. He is a core faculty member of U-M Injury Prevention Center, and he is a member of the American Academy of Family Physicians and U-M Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation.


Laura SinkoLaura Sinko: Educating Health Care Providers

Laura Sinko is a second year doctoral student at the University of Michigan. She is a member of the third cohort. Laura is also a registered nurse on Mott Children’s Hospital’s Child and Adolescent Psychiatry unit and has a passion for psychoeducation and improving trauma-informed care in this area. Laura’s research interests include healing and help-seeking after unwanted sexual experiences, and other forms of gender-based violence. Laura is particularly interested in understanding and defining the trauma recovery process and improving trauma-informed care to better support survivor healing. Through their research together, Laura has traveled to Portugal, Ireland, and Iceland to aid in expanding their cross-cultural help-seeking after gender-based violence study. Laura’s dissertation research is on understanding the individual and contextual factors that influence healing from unwanted sexual experiences on a college campus, using patient-centered methods of narrative interviewing and Photovoice.  Results of this study will support the development of an intervention prototype to promote self-awareness and healing for survivors of unwanted sexual experiences as well as provide data to inform instrument development to better measure survivors’ healing trajectories. This study is the first step in a program of research focused on holistic, survivor-centered interventions for college survivors of sexual violence.


Rob StephensonRob Stephenson: Overview of Gender Based Violence

Trained as a demographer and epidemiologist, Dr. Stephenson’s work focuses on a range of sexual and reproductive health issues globally and locally.  Dr. Stephenson’s work is centered primarily on sexual and reproductive health, with a specific focus on the development and testing of HIV prevention interventions and the intersection between violence and health. Stephenson is particularly interested in the development and testing of interventions to increase HIV prevention and HIV care engagement, and interventions that tackle the intersection of violence and sexual health. Stephenson has a long history of work in women’s sexual and reproductive health, with a specific focus on maternal health issues in resource poor countries, examining how climates of gender inequity put women at risk of poor maternal health outcomes. Stephenson is also director of The Center for Sexuality and Health Disparities.

Dr. Stephenson’s teaching focuses on providing students with research skills and skills around program monitoring and evaluation. His approach to teaching is skills based, providing a space in the classroom for students to develop and practice new skills. Stephenson places a strong emphasis on mentoring, and currently mentors students at the Masters and Doctoral level. Stephenson is also involved in the training of HIV counselors and testers on couples HIV counseling and testing methods.


Mieko Yoshihama: Overview of Gender Based ViolenceMieko Yoshihama

Professor Yoshihama's research interests are violence against women, immigrants, mental health, and community organizing. Combining research and social action at local, state, national, and international levels over the last 25 years, Dr. Yoshihama focuses on the prevention of gender-based violence and promotion of the safety and wellbeing of marginalized populations and communities. Dr. Yoshihama’s research in both the U.S. and Japan is diverse methodologically, spanning from participatory action research to surveys with complex sampling design, from epidemiologic investigation to intervention/prevention research, including a nationwide survey in Japan, a study of Japanese American women in Los Angeles, and Life History Calendar studies of battered women in Michigan, Tokyo, and San Francisco. In Michigan, she directs participatory action research projects aimed at organizing and mobilizing local community members to promote collective action to prevent domestic violence. One recent project involves developing, implementing, and evaluating a broad communications campaign in a local Indian community. In addition to serving on the steering committee of the Asian & Pacific Islander Institute on Domestic Violence, Dr. Yoshihama serves on advisory committees of various organizations dedicated to ending domestic violence.


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