Megan Haselschwerdt, Ph.D.

Megan Haselschwerdt, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor
Ph.D., University of Illinois, 2013
(334) 844-4149 | 201 Spidle Hall

Research Interests:

My research program focuses on how mothers, children, and their families manage their experiences with domestic violence (DV) in the context of their neighborhood and larger community. As the ever-growing body of literature has made evident, DV is not a homogenous phenomenon. In fact, there is tremendous variety of experiences when researchers take into account the characteristics of the physical violence (e.g., severity, frequency), the use of non-physical abuse tactics (e.g., financial abuse, surveillance and monitoring), the context in which DV occurs (e.g., coercive controlling versus situationally driven), the social status and subsequent power of the perpetrator and victim, and so on. Therefore, the purpose of my research is to examine the diversity of experiences that fall within the umbrella term domestic violence (or intimate partner violence).

To accomplish this goal, I established the Family Violence Across the Lifespan (FVAL) Research Team, a multidisciplinary group of graduate and undergraduate students, working together to study DV using qualitative and quantitative methods. By focusing on the deleterious nature of DV, as well as the strength and resilience of those impacted by violence within the family, we seek to ultimately inform practice and policy as they pertain to mothers and their children. At the present time, we are studying the following two topical areas:

  • DV exposure from the perspective of young adults (19-25 years of age)
  • DV in affluent (i.e., upper-middle class) families and communities.

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