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Ph.D., Washington University in St. Louis (2009)
The Psychodynamic Program, The American Institute for Psychoanalysis of the Karen Horney Psychoanalytic Institute & Center (2000)
MS, Columbia University School of Social Work (1997)
BS, University of Pittsburgh (1995)

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Research Interests

My area of research is gender based violence and the study of how women exercise agency in creating conditions of safety and well-being. Before pursing my Ph.D., I was the director of a domestic violence program in New York City, providing counseling and shelter to women and their children, many of whom were from Latin American and the Caribbean, South and East Asia, and North West Africa. This inspired my central research interest in intimate partner violence in immigrant communities, with special emphasis on the experiences and social service needs of Latinas. My last study examined the experiences of intimate partner violence and help seeking patterns of Mexican immigrant women. My current study involves the experiences and service needs of women engaged in transactional sex work in the Caribbean, an intensely marginalized community of women at heightened risk for exposure to violence and abuse.

Grants/Sponsored Research

Adelphi University Faculty Development Grant ($4,000 awarded 2015): Women's Wellbeing Study, Bridgetown, Barbados. Stavroula Kyriakakis, Principal Investigator with Co-Investigator, Sadie Goddard Durant.

Book Chapters

Torres, L.R., Kyriakakis, S. Zayas, L.H. (2009). Culturally competent assessment of Latinos. In Rich Furman, Nalini Junko Negi, Derek Kenji Iwamoto, Diana Rowan, Allison Shukraft and Jennifer Gragg (Eds.). Social Work Practice with Latinos. Chicago: Lyceum Books, Inc..

Refereed Articles

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Kyriakakis, S., Waller, B., Kagotho, N., & Edmond, T. (2014), Conducting Safe Research with At-Risk Populations: Design Strategies from a Study with Unauthorized Immigrant Women Experiencing Intimate Abuse. Qualitative Social Work.

Kagotho, N. and Kyriakakis, S. (2014), Disclosure of HIV Sero-status to Community Service Providers and Household Well-Being in Kenya. Journal of HIV/AIDS Social Service.

Kyriakakis, S., Panchanadeswaran, S. & Edmond, T. (2014), Mexican immigrant women searching for a solution to intimate partner abuse: common breaking points and type of help needed. Journal of Immigrant & Refugee Studies.

Kyriakakis, S. (2014), Mexican Immigrant Women Reaching Out: The role of Informal Networks in the Process of Seeking Help for Intimate Partner Violence. Violence Against Women, 20 (9), 1097-1116.

Kyriakakis, S., Araujo, B. & Edmond, T. (2012), Mexican immigrant survivors of intimate partner abuse: determinations and descriptions of abuse. Violence & Victims, 27(4).

Boland, S., Biswas, B., Kyriakakis, S., Edmond, T. (2011), Transcending the Negative: Spiritual Struggles and Resilience in Older Women Trauma Survivors. Journal of Religion, Spirituality, and Aging, 23(3), 1-20.

Hovmand, P.S., Ford, D.N., Flom, I. & Kyriakakis, S. (2009), Victims arrested for domestic violence: unintended consequences of arrest policies. System Dynamics Review, 25(3), 161-181.

Conference Presentations/Papers

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Quiros, L., Kyriakakis, S. (2011). Raising the voice: the empowerment of oppressed and marginalized women of color through the qualitative research process. In Seventh International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana-Champaign.

Quiros, L., Daniel, C. L., Gregg, G. & Kyriakakis, S. (2010). Keeping and crossing boundaries: negotiating identities in qualitative research. In Sixth International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry. Urbana-Champaign.

Panchadadeswaran, S., Kyriakakis, S., Chaudhuri, K., Roldan, M. (2010). Straddling the challenges of service provision to Latino/a and South Asian survivors of intimate partner violence in the United States- practitioners perspectives. In Fourth Annual International Conference on Sociology, Mini-Conference on Violence against Women. Athens.

Bunger, A., Hovmand, P.S., Kyriakakis, S. (2010). Exploring organizational roles in domestic violence service systems: a network approach. In Society for Social Work Research January 2010 Annual Conference. San Francisco.

Kyriakakis, S., Fortuna, L. and Zayas, L.H. (2007). Understanding the high rate of suicide attempts among Latina adolescents: the role of boyfriends and dating relationships. In American Psychological Association Annual Convention. San Francisco.

Kyriakakis, S. and Zayas, L.H.. (2006). Suicide attempts among adolescent Latinas in the United States. In International Association of Schools of Social Work Biannual Congress. Santiago, Chile.