Gender-Based Violence Research Group

Mission: The UNC GBV Research Group is a group of graduate students, faculty, researchers, and practitioners who work to foster a better understanding of, and an end to, all forms of violence associated with a person’s gender. Our efforts affect change domestically and globally through research initiatives, advocacy, pursuits of funding, and the training of individuals working to prevent and control this epidemic.

Goals/Activities: Working in close collaboration, the following committees plan activities that facilitate interdisciplinary research, provide training and professional development for GBV researchers and practitioners, and create opportunities for networking for individuals interested in GBV research and practice.

The Communications Committee coordinates and disseminates all group communications and liaises between the GBV Research Group and partnering organizations. Spenser Radtke ( is the chair of this committee.

The Event Planning Committee coordinates the group’s social and networking events as well as the annual Speaker Series and Research Symposium. The speaker series brings GBV researchers, practitioners, and policymakers to UNC’s campus to discuss their work with UNC students, faculty, and staff as well as community members. The GBV Research Symposium brings together students, faculty, staff, and community members to present and discuss current GBV research and practice.

The Training and Research Committee provides support and coordination for activities related to the group’s paper teams, writing workshops, and journal club, and explores opportunities for seeking funding for GBV research. Paper teams are interdisciplinary groups of scholars, including UNC students, faculty, and staff that conduct research on various aspects of gender-based violence. Activities such as writing workshops and the journal club are not scheduled regularly but occur sporadically throughout the academic year. The aims of these activities are to improve writing skills as well as read and discuss publications covering various forms of GBV and the application of relevant findings to current and future GBV work.

Papers Published: 

Klein, L. B., Stoner, M. C. D., Bhushan, N. L., Mulholland, G. E., Fisher, B. S., Kupper, L. L., Alam, I. Z., & Martin, S. L. (2022). Sexual Harassment of Students at Institutions of Higher Education: Variations in Students’ Experiences, Knowledge, and Perceptions Across Institutions. Feminist Criminology, 17(3), 322-342.

Klein, L. B., Graham, L. M., Treves-Kagan, S., Deck, P. G., DeLong, S. M., & Martin, S. L. (2018) Leveraging data to strengthen campus sexual assault policies. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33(21), 3298-3314.

DeLong, S. M., Graham, L. M., Magee, E. P., Treves-Kagan, S., Gray, C. L., McClay, A. M., Zarnick, S. M., Kupper, L. L., Macy, R. J., Ashley, O. S., Pettifor, A., Moracco, K. E., & Martin, S. L. (2018). Starting the Conversation: Are Campus Sexual Assault Policies Related to the Prevalence of Campus Sexual Assault? Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 33(21), 3315-3343.

Graham, L. M., Treves-Kagan, S., Magee, E. P., DeLong, S. M., Ashley, O. S., Macy, R. J., Martin, S. L., Moracco, K. E., & Bowling, J. M. (2017). Sexual Assault Policies and Consent Definitions: A Nationally Representative Investigation of U.S. Colleges and Universities, Journal of School Violence, 16(3), 243-258.

Faculty Support: Drs. Beth Moracco, Rebecca Macy, Sandra Martin, Steve Marshall, Stephanie DeLong

Opioid Student Research Group

Mission: The purpose of the Opioid Student Research Group is to add to the knowledge base of opioid overdose prevention research and engage students, faculty, and staff in collaborative research or practice work related to opioid overdose prevention.

Goals/Activities: The group is comprised of UNC students, faculty, staff, and community members who are working to improve awareness of opioid research at UNC and in Carolina communities.  The group’s goals are to 1) promote student research through presentations and publications; 2) identify opportunities for research dissemination; and 3) connect students, faculty, and staff, and practitioners on practice-informed opioid research projects. The group meets several times a semester and offers speakers, research workshops, and journal clubs. Examples of past presentation topics include medication for opioid use disorders (MOUD) in prisons, the risk of overdose among recently incarcerated individuals, and overdose reversal training. Our Works in Progress series is an opportunity for students and early career investigators to “workshop” their own research and receive feedback from the group. A recent example of this was a student who presented preliminary results from a qualitative study on self-stigma experienced by people who use drugs in rural areas.

Student Leaders: This group is co-chaired by Adams Sibley ( and David Colston (

Faculty Support: Drs. Steve Marshall, Shabbar Ranapurwala, Stephanie DeLong

A screenshot of a Zoom presentation at a virtual event for the student group.          

Child Maltreatment Prevention Research and Practice Network

Mission: The purpose of the Child Maltreatment Prevention Research and Practice Network is to 1) bring together local child abuse and neglect researchers and practitioners for cross-disciplinary discourse and networking; 2) discuss current developments in research about child maltreatment prevention and child welfare systems, policies, and practices; and 3) generate practical solutions for bridging the gap between research, policy, and practice within the field of child welfare.

Goals/Activities: This network is comprised of UNC masters and doctoral students, faculty, and staff from diverse disciplines including the Gillings School of Global Public Health, School of Social Work, Department of Psychology and Neuroscience, and School of Medicine. The network meets monthly to discuss novel research and current events in the field.

Membership: The group is comprised of UNC students, faculty, and staff, and community members who are working to prevent child maltreatment at UNC and in Carolina communities. Individuals may contact Claire McNellan ( or Imani Johnson ( to learn more about the group and join the listserv.

Faculty Support: Drs. Meghan Shanahan, Paul Lanier, Stephanie DeLong