U.S. Department of Justice, Office of Violence Against Women

Dreams Deferred: A Survey on the Impact of Intimate Partner Violence on Survivors’ Education, Careers, and Economic Security (12/2018)

In collaboration with the Institute of Women’s Policy Research, I designed qualitative and quantitative survey questions to learn the economic impact of domestic violence in the United States. Provided expert review of qualitative research interpretations and statistical analyses. Created policy recommendations for the US Department of Justice to change the national response to domestic abuse. Research funded by the Office on Violence Against Women (OVW), U.S. Department of Justice (Grant No. 2015-SI-AX-K407).


University of California, Irvine Master’s Degree Thesis

American Youth: Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence in America: Effects of Black American Families and Education (06/2020)

Analyzed the National Survey of Children’s Exposure to Domestic Violence, a data set consisting of 3,800 variables and 4,039 cases under the advisement of marketing guru, Dr. Connie Pechmann.

I built linear and logistic regression models to test metrics, and tested significance and strength of psychosocial outcomes associated with children’s exposure to domestic violence. Predicted likelihood of a child witnessing domestic violence based on household demographic characteristics.

I presented my findings to the UCI Department of Social Sciences and successfully argued my logistical regression techniques and analysis.

My research was funded by the California Department of Rehabilitation.  


University of California, Irvine Anthropology Honors Program Research

California’s Children in Family Court: Belonging, Violence, and Victimization (06/2019)

Designed qualitative research to determine the relationship between the state of California and domestic violence.  

Based on 18 months of observing domestic violence court cases, I documented and coded victim narratives, judicial findings, and quantitative data at Lamoreaux Justice Center in Orange County, California, I created grounded theory about two arms of the law which contradictarly protects the best interest of the child while simultaneously allowing children’s records to be available for public consumption. I made policy recommendations to improve the best interest of the child doctrine in California.

I completed my research under the advisement of Ethnographer Dr. George Marcus, Medical Anthropologist Dr. Angela Jenks, and Psychologist and Violence Expert Dr. Al Valdez.

I was awarded the highest research grant possible by the University of California, Irvine, Department of Undergraduate Research Opportunities (UROP) and I received an award for outstanding research.

The UCI Anthropology Honors Research Program is an intensive research program carefully led by the country’s top qualitative researchers. The program is offered to a small select group of high performing anthropology students.


University of California, Irvine Independent Studies Research

International Domestic Violence Laws: Who are the Leaders? How do Leaders Apply Laws? (06/2017)

Under the advisement of UCI violence expert, Dr. Al Valdez, I researched international domestic violence laws, domestic case law, and legal influencers. I also researched international case law to understand how domestic violence law, particularly with respect to psychological abuse (coercive control), was practically applied. I found weaknesses in laws and I made policy recommendations.  My search for worldwide domestic violence law was a precursor to my courtroom research, see “Belonging & Violence” tab.

I recognize a literature review is not qualitative or quantitative research, though of course a lit review is part of research. I highlight this literature review, which was extensive, for the purposes of demonstrating the strength of my background in the ecosystem of domestic violence.


Saddleback College Humanities Research 

Domestic Violence and Disabilities: How PTSD Impacts Victims and Perpetrators (05/2016)

Literature review conducted under the advisement of Dr. Marni Fisher about the relationship between domestic violence and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD). Demonstrated how children are used in U.S. family courts to perpetrate psychological violence on the other parent. Demonstrated how psychological abuse is potentially more dangerous than physical abuse. Wrote a Rogerian argument for more resources for domestic violence related mental illnesses.

I recognize a literature review is not qualitative or quantitative research, though of course a lit review is part of research. I highlight this literature review, which was extensive, for the purposes of demonstrating the strength of my background in the ecosystem of domestic violence.

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