Miriam Valdovinos, PhD

Assistant Professor


Miriam G. Valdovinos, PhD, is an Assistant Professor. She received her doctorate degree from the University of Washington’s School of Social Work (Seattle, WA). She teaches Qualitative Research Methods, Introduction to Research Methods in Social Work, and Human Oppression.

Her research is informed by her training in social welfare, psychology, public health, gender studies, and interdisciplinary studies. Over ten years of practice experience with domestic violence, social services and the criminal juvenile justice system inform her areas of specialization which include: interpersonal violence experiences in Latina/o communities; health effects on Latina immigrant survivors of intimate partner violence and their children; healing practices and historical trauma experiences in Latina/o communities; and issues of social belonging and social exclusion for undocumented immigrant families.

She has published on topics related to marital sexual coercion amongst Latino couples and the relationship between domestic violence and suicidal ideations during and post pregnancy. A forthcoming chapter will delineate the struggles of undocumented Latina immigrant survivors when seeking help to address intimate partner violence. A focal point of her research is to develop multi-pronged (e.g. micro and macro) culturally responsive prevention and intervention programs that address the health and mental health effects of family violence on Latina/o families while considering systemic constraints such as institutional racism, poverty, and income disparities.

Research Interests

Culturally-responsive prevention and intervention efforts to address intimate partner violence with immigrant families
Violence against women
Health outcomes [embodiment] of family violence in Latina/o immigrant communities
Experiences of exclusion and belonging for undocumented Latina/o immigrant families
Historical Trauma in Latina/o communities
Community-Based Participatory Research
Qualitative Methods

Curriculum Vitae

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Miriam Valdovinos
Contact Information
Emailmiriam.valdovinos@uconn.edu
Phone(959) 200-3680
Office LocationRoom 326 HSSW