Research and Biography

Gina Fedock is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Service Administration. Her work focuses on improving women's mental health and spans the boundaries of public health, criminal justice, law, and social work. 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 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. Through a faculty grant from the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, she is investigating how human rights standards influence women's imprisonment (https://humanrights.uchicago.edu/humanrightsstandardsforwomen).

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; Research on Social Work Practice; 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.