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Megan Haselschwerdt

Assistant Professor


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 IPV in their family of origin, and social service providers working with women and children. Megan predominately utilizes qualitative and mixed methods approaches to answer research questions specific to the context in which IPV occurs (i.e., ongoing coercive control versus situational instances of violence; exposure to IPV + child maltreatment); how women and children manage their experiences with IPV in the short and long term (e.g., disclosure, coping techniques); and, how individuals (e.g., friends, family, service providers) and institutions (e.g., legal system) can both facilitate and hinder women and children’s efforts to achieve safety and justice in the context of violence. 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.


  • Intimate partner violence
  • Youth exposure to intimate partner violence
  • Affluent/upper-middle class 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
  • Feminist theories


  • 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

  • Samia I. Spencer Creative Mentorship Award in Women’s Studies, 2017, Auburn University
  • Faculty Award for Commitment and Dedication to Graduate Student Organization, 2016, Auburn University Human Development and Family Studies, Auburn University
  • Faculty Award for Excellence, 2015, Auburn University Human Development and Family Studies


Selected recent publications (*denotes student co-authors)

Haselschwerdt, M. L., Savasuk*, R., & Hlavaty*,K. (accepted). A methodological review and critique of the “intergenerational transmission of violence.” Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1524838017692385

Haselschwerdt, M. L., & Hardesty, J. L. (2017). Managing secrecy and disclosure of domestic violence in affluent communities. Journal of Marriage and Family, 79(2), 556-570. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12345

Haselschwerdt, M. L., Hlavaty*, K., Carlson, C.*, Schneider, M.*, Maddox, L.*, & Skipper, M*. (2016). Heterogeneity within domestic violence exposure: Young adults' retrospective experiences. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260516651625

Haselschwerdt, M. L., Mitchell, E. T., Raffaelli, M., & Hardesty, J. L. (2015). Divorcing mothers’ use of protective strategies: Differences over time and by violence experience. Psychology of Violence, 6(1), 182-192. doi:

Hardesty, J. L., Crossman, K. A., Haselschwerdt, M. L., Raffaelli, M., Ogolsky, B. G., & Johnson, M. P. (2015). Toward a standard approach to operationalizing coercive control and classifying violence types. Journal of Marriage and Family, 77(4), 833-843. doi: 10.1111/jomf.12201

Haselschwerdt, M. L. (2014). Theorizing children’s exposure to intimate partner violence using Johnson’s Typology. Journal of Family Theory and Review, 6, 199-221. doi: 10.1111/jftr.12040

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