Faculty Profiles

Stavroula Kyriakakis

Associate Professor
School of Social Work

Social Work Building 331

General Information



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)

Personal Statement

Personal Statement

My area of interest is gender based violence and a social justice approach to community based organizational practice. 

Before pursuing 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.  I also worked as a psychotherapist providing mental health counseling to victims of violent crime.

In the MSW program, I teach the Foundations in Social Work Practice courses, Diversity, Oppression and the Struggle for Human Rights, and Organizational Context for Professional Practice.  In the Ph.D. program, I teach the Qualitative Data Analysis course, and advise doctoral students in the completion of their dissertation.

I engage in community based, mixed method research to understand the phenomenon of intimate partner and other forms of interpersonal violence, as well to evaluate programs and interventions that aim to reduce gender based violence, by empowering women, psychologically, economically, socially, spiritually, to create conditions of safety in their lives.

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