Research and Biography

Gina Fedock is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. Her work centers on improving women's physical and mental health and spans the boundaries of public health, criminal justice, and social work. Her research focuses on women’s interactions with formal systems (e.g. medical and criminal-legal systems) and examines influencing factors on women’s health. Her research includes implementing, testing, and evaluating interventions that are designed to improve the quality of women's health in the community and within correctional settings.

In addition, her work expands a trauma-informed framework of understanding and addressing women's health needs. She examines and integrates women's experiences of gender-based violence, such as sexual violence and intimate partner violence, into her research. Through a human rights framework, her work incorporates advocacy for addressing social injustices in order to improve women's health and wellbeing.

Currently, she is working on several studies, including examining women’s experiences of staff sexual misconduct in prisons and on parole and investigating racial and gender disparities in suicide attempts by prisoners and healthcare disparities in prison responses to suicide attempts. 

She was a practicing clinical social worker prior to her doctoral work. Her clinical work encompasses trauma-informed practices, violence prevention, and the modalities of cognitive behavioral practice, interpersonal therapy, and motivational interviewing.

Her research is in journals such as: Trauma, Violence, & Abuse; Cognitive and Behavioral Practice; Journal of Offender Rehabilitation; Journal of Interpersonal Violence; and the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

She earned her MSW in Interpersonal Practice and Community Organizing from the University of Michigan and her doctorate in social work from Michigan State University.