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Experts on Domestic Violence

Patricia Joyce_optPatricia Joyce, DSW

Dr. Patricia A. Joyce, associate professor in the Adelphi University School of Social Work.

Dr. Joyce has worked in a child abuse treatment program and inpatient psychiatric units with children, adolescents, and their families. She also serves on the Board of Directors of Turning Point for Women and Families, a non-profit organization that provides counseling and crisis intervention for members of the Muslim community who have survived domestic violence. In the School of Social Work, Dr. Joyce teaches Diagnosis and Assessment in Social Work, which covers the DSM-V, including the conditions of post-traumatic stress disorder and depression, which are very common in survivors of domestic violence.

 Stavroula KyriakakisStavroula Kyriakakis, PhD

Dr. Stavroula Kyriakakis, associate professor in the Adelphi University School of Social Work.

Dr. Kyriakakis is an expert in domestic violence.  Her research focuses on intimate partner violence in immigrant communities.  Dr. Kyriakakis has experience working with survivors of intimate abuse, as the director of a domestic violence counseling program and shelter and as a psychotherapist treating adult and child victims of violent crime. Her courses include the diversity and oppression course and social work practice courses for Master’s students and Social Theory in Social Work for doctoral students.

Subadra PanchanadeswaranSubadra Panchanadeswaran, PhD

Dr. Subadra Panchanadeswaran, associate professor and director in the Adelphi University School of Social Work.

Dr. Panchanadeswaran focuses her practice and research in the sphere of gender-based violence, specifically examining the experiences of female survivors of violence. She studies the intersections of violence, substance use and women’s vulnerability to HIV, especially among sex workers in India and among substance-abusing populations in the US. Her additional research interests include examining the emotional consequences of partner violence, issues of social support, and health consequences of abuse among immigrant South Asian and Latina women. She currently serves on the Board of Sakhi for South Asian Women, a not-for-profit organization in New York City that serves immigrant South Asian women who experience domestic and other forms of violence. She has also served as a Board member and an Advisory Board Member for Counselors Helping Asians, Inc (CHAI) in Baltimore, MD. Dr. Panchanadeswaran’s courses include Human Behavior Theory for Social Work Practice; Oppression, Diversity, and the Struggle for Human Rights; and several social work research courses.


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