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Apr 1 2022

The Black Scholar Series: Dr. Nkiru Nnawulezi (Special Session)

Engaging Communities in Participatory Research

April 1, 2022

12:00 PM - 1:00 PM

Well-designed participatory studies provide communities with powerful opportunities to produce research products that contribute to change in individuals, organizations, communities, and systems. In this interactive session, Dr. Nnawulezi will share facilitation tips, practical strategies, and lessons learned on designing and implementing participatory research studies with community providers and intimate partner survivors who have histories of complex marginalization. She will discuss how researchers can establish and build long-term partnerships, choose appropriate engagement strategies, and discuss strategies for publishing participatory research studies. Participants are also strongly encouraged to come with questions and examples from their own work to engage in collective ideation on participatory research strategies.


Dr. Jessica Shaw

Date posted

Feb 24, 2022

Date updated

Feb 24, 2022


Dr. Nkiru Nnawulezi | Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Affiliate Faculty at Yale School of Public Health

Dr. Nkiru Nnawulezi is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County and Affiliate Faculty at Yale School of Public Health. She earned her doctorate in Ecological-Community Psychology at the Michigan State University and has additional graduate certifications in college teaching, community engagement, and quantitative research methods. Her research examines the ecological factors that enhance equity within and across the domestic violence housing continuum. She aims to improve the social and material conditions for survivors of gender-based violence who occupy multiply marginalized social identities. Dr. Nnawulezi also seeks to develop sustainable survivor-centered, community-based systems of support that can serve as alternatives to traditional social service systems. Her work has been funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, State of Michigan, and Center for Victim Research. She is an award-winning researcher and mentor and has disseminated her scholarship to academic, policy, and community audiences. As an expert in community-based, participatory research and trained facilitator, Dr. Nnawulezi designs participatory research processes with community partners to find innovative solutions to complex social problems. She serves as an Associate Editor for the Journal of Family Violence and is on the editorial board of the Community Psychology in the Global Perspective Journal. She is also a Research and Evaluation Advisor to multiple systems change organizations such as the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, DC Coalition Against Domestic Violence, National Innovative Service, and Ujima: The National Center on Violence Against Women in the Black Community.