Megan Haselschwerdt, Ph.D.

Megan Haselschwerdt, Ph.D.

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

Research Projects:

Young Adults Live and Learn (Y’ALL) Project
As of Fall 2015, we are beginning Phase 2 of the Y’ALL Project. The Y’ALL Project seeks to examine the experiences of young adults (19-25 years) who were exposed to DV (as well as child abuse, or dual exposure) during childhood and adolescence. A core goal of our project is to highlight the diversity of family and home life experiences that fit within the larger umbrella term of "domestic violence." If you are interested in learning more about this project, please contact us at

We recently completed Phase 1, a qualitative study of domestic violence-exposed young adults. The Findings are currently being analyzed and written up for publication in academic journals and a "quick fact sheet" that will be posted upon completion. Phase 1 of the Y'ALL Project was funded by Auburn University, Office of Vice President of Research Intramural Grants Program. Beginning with an online survey of DV exposed youth, we will begin recruiting young adults from across the state of Alabama in Winter 2016. Young adults interested in participating in a follow-up, qualitative interview will have the opportunity to do so following completion of the online survey. Y’ALL Project Phase 2 is funded by the Alabama Agricultural Experiment Station Young Investigator Award.

Domestic Violence in Affluence Families
Despite the belief that DV cuts across all social classes, there is scant research exploring domestic violence in affluent communities. My research contributes to this void through the use of multi-qualitative and mixed methods studies to capture individual, family, and community level processes that impact mothers secrecy management decisions during marriage and post-separation, as well as how their decisions are influenced by the responses they receive upon disclosure to family, friends, and formal support individuals, such as the police, court systems, mental health professionals, and religious leaders.

Recruitment for my second study on DV in affluent (i.e., upper-middle and upper class) mothers and families in commence in Spring 2017, pending funding.