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Led by Dr. Paula Barata, The Research Facility for Women’s Health and Wellbeing examines the psychosocial factors that shape and impact the experiences of women.  Currently, the research group is particularly active in the areas of sexual and physical violence against women. More specifically, the research projects include: implementing a sexual violence prevention program (; investigating sexual coercion in intimate relationships; examining the role of self-compassion, shame, and self-blame in survivors of intimate partner violence; studying housing discrimination against battered women; evaluating a program for children who have witnessed intimate partner violence; and evaluating a girls empowerment camp.  Our research group uses a wide range of methods and approaches to research including qualitative and quantitative methods, and traditional, community-engaged, and feminist methodologies.

To learn more about the research group’s graduate and undergraduate research projects, as well as upcoming conferences or lab generated events, please click here to be directed to our current projects page.