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Milan Abinader

Millan AbiNader, LMSW, PhD

  • Assistant Professor
  • Research Interests

    Gender-based violence

    Intimate partner violence

    Intimate partner homicide

    Rural communities

    Community-level risk

    Vicarious trauma

    Dr. Millan AbiNader is a mixed-methods researcher who seeks to understand the social ecology of gender-based violence, with particular attention to intimate partner violence-related fatalities. Dr. AbiNader also seeks to understand how one’s social and geographic position, like race or rurality, affects one’s experience of gender-based violence and investigates how organizational environment, like vicarious traumatization prevention policies, affects survivor-client experiences. Before entering academia, Dr. AbiNader worked as a community victim services advocate in the fields of sexual violence, intimate partner violence, family violence, and commercial sexual exploitation/trafficking. She delivered primary prevention interventions kindergarten through college, facilitated support groups in the community and in carceral settings, and delivered advocacy services to incarcerated women. Dr. AbiNader earned her MSSW from the University of Texas at Austin and her PhD in Social Work from Boston University where she completed an award-winning dissertation examining rural intimate partner homicide. Dr. AbiNader was a Postdoctoral Scholar at Arizona State University’s School of Social Work’s Office of Gender Based Violence under the mentorship of Dr. Jill Messing where she studied intimate partner homicide and risk assessment.

    Dr. AbiNader’s current research projects investigate intimate partner violence-related fatalities, vicarious trauma, gender-based violence across contexts, and intimate partner violence among multi-racial/multi-ethnic individuals among other topics. She is the primary investigator of an NSF grant to study COVID-19 policies’ effects on homicide rates. Dr. AbiNader integrates her practice experience as a victim advocate and macro social worker with her research, aiming to lead studies that support survivor healing and perpetrator change.




    3701 Locust Walk, Caster Building
    Philadelphia, PA 19104-6214



    Standing Faculty | Faculty


    MSW | MSSP | PhD

    Research Areas(s)

    Children, Women, Family Well-Being | Data Driven Policy Analysis + Evidence-Based Practice

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