Alisa Velonis, PhD, MPH

CoE in MCH faculty meeting Alisa Velonis Assistant Professor, Community Health Sciences
1603 W. Taylor St., office 657
Chicago, IL 60612

Dr. Velonis is an Assistant Professor in the Community Health Sciences division and a faculty member with the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health. Her research agenda centers on the intersection of partner- and gender-based violence, structural inequities, and women’s well-being. She has looked at how systematic issues such as poverty, disability, and housing instability influence women’s decisions when struggling with violent relationships, explored the relationship between gender and controlling behaviors in heterosexual relationships, and is working with partners across the U.S. and Canada to identify strategies for engaging men in research around partner violence that can improve our understanding of how men and women experience partner violence. She has also been involved with projects to improve partner violence screening and intervention efforts in clinical and human service settings, and brings nearly two decades of direct public health practice work in the areas of domestic violence, HIV/AIDS, and adolescent pregnancy to her research and teaching.

Prior to coming to UIC, Dr. Velonis was a Post-Doctoral Fellow in the Action for Health Equity Intervention program at the Centre for Research on Inner City Health at St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, Ontario, and remains affiliated with the Centre’s Intimate Partner Violence Research Program. She received her PhD in Health and Behavioral Science from the University of Colorado Denver in 2013, where she was part of an interdisciplinary evaluation team and taught courses on human sexuality and public health.

Selected Publications:

Velonis AJ, Daoud, N, Matheson F., Woodhall-Melnik J, Hamilton S, O’Campo P. (2015). “Strategizing Safety: Expanding our Theoretical Framework to Understand Women’s Decision Making in the Face of Partner Violence and Social Inequities.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Available online, DOI: 10.1177/0886260515598953

Velonis A. (in press – projected publication date: June 2016). “’He Never Did Anything You Typically Think of as Abuse’: Experience with Violence in Controlling and Non-Controlling Relationships in a Non-Agency Sample of Women.” Violence Against Women.

Alpert EJ, Shannon D, Velonis A, Georges M, Rich, RA. 2002. “Family Violence and Public Health Education: A Call for Action.” Violence Against Women, 8(6) 746-778.

O’Campo P, Daoud N, Velonis A, et al. 2014. “Finding Home: The impacts of partner violence on women’s housing stability, health and wellbeing.” Centre for Research on Inner City Health, St. Michael’s Hospital. Toronto, ON. Access online at: