Prospective Graduate Students

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Multidisciplinary Supervisory Team in M.A. & Ph.D. Programs in Sociology, Criminology, Psychology, and Social Work

We are recruiting creative, talented, and motivated graduate students to join our multidisciplinary research team at the Animal and Interpersonal Abuse Research Group. We have a number of ongoing studies that interested students could derive their thesis/dissertation research from. At AIPARG we offer a research-oriented graduate experience. We support advanced training to help develop graduate expertise in qualitative and quantitative research. Our students receive training that utilizes a multidisciplinary approach to the study of the human-animal relationship. Our primary area of focus is the connection between animal abuse and interpersonal violence, particularly domestic abuse, child abuse, and elder abuse.

Areas of interest include:

Dr. Amy Fitzgerald - Criminology and Sociology: the perpetration of harms (criminal and otherwise) by humans against the environment and nonhuman animals, the coexistence of animal abuse and intimate partner violence; industrialized animal agriculture; sport hunting culture; the 'pet' food industry; the animal advocacy and environmental movements; animal cruelty laws and investigations; and environmentally-mediated human health risks. To learn more about working with Dr. Fitzgerald in either the Ph.D. or the MA Sociology program, visit the Sociology graduate studies page, or the Criminology graduate studies page.

Dr. Betty Barrett - Social Work: intimate partner violence in both heterosexual and LGBTQ2A+ relationships, focusing specifically on survivors’ help-seeking and their interactions with sources of support in the aftermath of violence. If you are interested in working with Dr. Barrett in either the Ph.D., MSW, or MSW/JD, learn more on the Social Work graduate studies page.

Dr. Patti Fritz: - Psychology: the etiology, developmental course, correlates, and measurement of various forms of family violence, including intimate partner violence (IPV), and aggression that occurs through electronic means (e.g., via cell phones, social networking websites). If you are interested in working with Dr. Fritz in either the Ph.D. or MA program, more information can be found on the Psychology graduate studies page.