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Allen, Jennifer
Doctoral Student, Social Work

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Jennifer Allen earned her B.A. in Psychology and Creative Writing & Literature from the University of Michigan in 2016 and her M.S.W. in Clinical Social Work from Michigan State University in 2018. During her undergraduate years, she worked as a research assistant in a Social Psychology lab, the Stereotypes & Prejudice Research Interest Group (SPRIG). During her Masters program, she interned at a school for youth with disabilities and at a shelter for homeless and runaway youth, and she also worked as a research assistant in an Ecological-Community Psychology lab, System exChange.

In Fall 2018, she entered the Ph.D. program in Social Work at MSU. Her current research interests are broad and three-fold, and her population of interest is adolescents and young adults. First, she is interested in developing interventions to address violence exposure, prevention and resiliency. Second, she seeks to develop interventions that address educational disparities. Third, she is interested in how social support may serve as a protective factor for academic motivation and achievement; perception of one’s experiences of prejudice and discrimination; and perception of one’s identity. She is currently assisting Dr. Hyunkag Cho with work on perpetrator typology and intimate partner violence.

About RCGV

MSU’s Research Consortium on Gender-Based Violence faculty and staff are dedicated to research and outreach initiatives related to ending and preventing gender-based violence and improving the community response to survivors. RCGV faculty are committed to mentoring the next generation of gender-based violence researchers by providing substantial educational and employment opportunities to undergraduate and graduate students.

Gender-based violence (GBV) is a significant and widespread social problem internationally, devastating adults, children, families and societies across the globe. It includes any form of harm that is both a consequence and cause of gender power inequities. It can be physical, psychological, sexual, economic, or sociocultural, and includes but is not limited to sexual abuse, rape, intimate partner abuse, incest, sexual harassment, stalking, femicide, trafficking, gendered hate crimes and dowry abuse. Gender-based violence intersects with race-based, class-based or religiously oppressive forms of abuse, and cross-cuts many other social problems (e.g., poverty, substance abuse, mental and physical health, crime).

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