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Shelly Wagers, Ph.D.


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Curriculum Vitae

M.A., University of South Florida
Ph.D., University of South Florida

Dr. Shelly M. Wagers is an Associate Professor of Criminology at the University of South Florida, St. Petersburg campus and currently serves as the President for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (www.npeiv.org). Dr. Wagers has worked in the domestic violence (DV) field for over 25 years: first as an advocate, then as a law enforcement officer and now as a scholar.  Dr. Wagers’ primary research interests include examining the relationship between power, control and DV, along with developing evidence-based practices for DV policies and programs.  Dr. Wagers also focuses her research on the development of her theory on Internal Power and its theoretical correlation to  intimate partner violence. Her most recent applied work examined factors impacting prosecutorial filing decisions in domestic violence cases. Dr. Wagers has published her research in numerous top peer-reviewed journals such as Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Victims and Offenders, and Journal of Social and Interpersonal Relationships. 

As an expert in domestic violence, Dr. Wagers regularly consults with and provides training on implementing evidence-based practices to address domestic violence to batterer intervention state certification boards and programs, domestic violence centers and law enforcement agencies. Dr Wagers served on the editorial board for the intimate partner violence section of the Handbook of interpersonal violence and abuse across the lifespan: A project of the National Partnership to End (Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV), which contains over 200 chapters and is consider a definitive work in the field. Dr. Wagers is regularly invited to present at conferences such as the Florida Office of the Attorney General National Conference on Preventing Crime and the Diverse Voices Family Violence Conference the largest annual family violence conference in Western Canada.