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Megan Haselschwerdt

Assistant Professor, Director of the Family Violence Across the Lifespan Research Team


Megan Haselschwerdt is an Assistant Professor in Child and Family Studies. Along with her research team of graduate and undergraduate students and faculty collaborators, she studies intimate partner violence (IPV) from the perspective of women, children exposed to violence in their family of origin, and social service providers working with women and children. She serves as the director of the Family Violence Across the Lifespan research team that was founded at Auburn University. You can follow her research team, including her students’ successes on their Facebook page.

Two Current Projects:

  • REVEAL: Real Experiences from Violence to Empowerment Across all Levels. Drs. Megan Haselschwerdt and Gregory Stuart in Psychology, along with two external researchers and five community agencies, received funding to study the experiences of intimate partner violence survivors across the socioeconomic spectrum. This study is unique in that it will specifically recruit more affluent or professional women who have been largely missing from the field of family violence. The REVEAL research team will be recruiting women from Knoxville, Tennessee, the San Francisco Bay Area, and Boston Metro in late fall 2018.
  • Y'ALL: Young Adults Live and Learn. This project focuses on the experiences of young adults who were exposed to father-to-mother marital violence while they were growing up. There is three waves of the project: in-depth qualitative interviews with 25 young adults, an online survey of approximately 150 young adults, and in-depth qualitative interviews with 13 young adults to date. The purpose of this project is to understand the diversity of violence-exposed youths' experiences to shine on their struggles as well as resilience.


  • Intimate partner violence
  • Children and adolescents' exposure to intimate partner violence
  • Affluent/professional women’s experiences with intimate partner violence
  • Help-seeking, disclosure, and coping in the context of intimate partner violence
  • Qualitative and mixed methods research designs


  • Ph.D., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (2013)
  • M.S., Human and Community Development, University of Illinois-Urbana Champaign (2009)
  • B.S., Psychology, Indiana University-Bloomington (2007)

Curriculum Vitae

Awards and Recognitions

  • Chancellor's Grant for Faculty Research, 2018, University of Tennessee
  • Best Student/New Professional Abstract, 2018, National Council on Family Relations, Research & Theory Section
  • Cindy Winter Scholarship Award, 2017, National Council on Family Relations
  • Samia I. Spencer Creative Mentorship Award in Women’s Studies, 2017, Auburn University


Selected recent publications (*denotes student co-authors)

Haselschwerdt, M. L., Maddox*, L., & Hlavaty*, K. (Advance online publication). Fathering and the father-child relationship in the context of domestic violence. Family Relations. Doi: 10.1111/fare.12406

Hlavaty*, K. & Haselschwerdt, M. L. (2019). Domestic violence exposure and peer relationships: The salient role of coercive control. Journal of Family Violence, 34, (8), 757–767. doi: 10.1007/s10896-019-00044-

Hardesty, J. L., Haselschwerdt, M. L., & Crossman, K. A. (2019). Qualitative research on interpersonal violence: Guidance for early career scholars. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34 (23-24), 4794-4816. doi:

Haselschwerdt, M. L., Savasuk-Luxton*, R., & Hlavaty*, K. (2019). A methodological review and critique of the “intergenerational transmission of violence.” Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 20(2), 168-182. doi: 10.1177/1524838017692385

Haselschwerdt, M. L., Hlavaty*, K., Carlson, C.*, Schneider, M.*, Maddox, L.*, & Skipper, M*. (2019). Heterogeneity within domestic violence exposure: Young adults' retrospective experiences. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34(7), 1512–1538. doi: 10.1177/0886260516651625

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