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Meredith Bagwell-Gray

Assistant Professor
PhD, Arizona State University School of Social Work
Primary office:
Twente Hall
Room 300A


Meredith Bagwell-Gray, MSW, PhD, is an Assistant Professor in the School of Social Welfare at the University of Kansas. She earned a PhD in Social Work from Arizona State University (ASU) in 2016, and in 2017 she completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the ASU Office of Gender Based Violence. With an emphasis on health equity research, Dr. Bagwell-Gray studies the intersections of race, gender, and age with environmental factors, like living in rural areas, and contextual factors, like experiencing intimate partner violence, on women’s health and safety. Her current research involves designing and testing a trauma-informed approach to promote sexual health and prevent cervical cancer among survivors of intimate partner violence, a project currently supported by an American Cancer Society Institutional Research Grant through the University of Kansas Medical Center. Her work includes understanding, preventing and intervening to address sexual violence in intimate relationships. Dr. Bagwell-Gray received a Master of Science in Social Work at the University of Texas at Austin in 2009, and her research is informed by direct practice social work experiences as an advocate and therapist with survivors of partner violence.

Research Interests

  • Violence against women
  • Health Disparities
  • HIV/AIDS treatment and prevention
  • Syndemic HIV, substance use, mental health and violence
  • Development and testing of innovative interventions (e.g., web- and app-based interventions, trauma-informed sexual safety planning)

Selected Publications

Bagwell-Gray, M. E. (2019). Application of an intimate partner sexual violence taxonomy to women’s experiences of sexual violence in intimate relationships: New insights and understanding [Journal Articles]. Journal of Interpersonal Violence . Published.
Bagwell-Gray, M. E. (2018). Establishing positive sexuality and reducing HIV risk: Women’s healing journey from intimate partner violence [Journal Articles]. Qualitative Health Research . Published. https://doi.org/10.1177/1049732318804302.

Selected Grants

Assessing the Acceptability, Feasibility, and Efficacy of a Novel Intervention to Reduce Cervical Cancer Risk Among Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. American Cancer Society. $31784.10. Submitted 1/1/2019 (6/1/2019 - 6/30/2020). Private. Status: Funded

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