Stephanie Kennedy, PhD

Assistant Professor, Social Work (Affiliate)

Research Overview

My scholarship is broadly focused on understanding the intersection of trauma and serious mental illness (SMI) for incarcerated women. Related to this general theme, I have pursued research in three areas: 1) the examination of the behavioral health effects of trauma across the life course; 2) the evaluation of the effectiveness of empirically-supported interventions offered to individuals and families affected by violence; and 3) the assessment of service provider attitudes and behaviors towards clients in crisis. My current projects examine complex trauma in childhood and how experiences of complex trauma affect incarcerated women’s experience of SMI and substance use (prevalence, incidence, comorbidity), and pose mediated models to explore the impact of intimate partner violence on childhood trauma and SMI.


1998 – BA, Art History, Florida State University
2011 – MSW, Social Work, Florida State University
2016 – PhD, Social Work, Florida State University

Recent Publications

Berry, K. R., Kennedy, S. C., Veeh, C., & Tripodi, S. J. (under review). The intersectional effects of race and gender on recidivism: A survival analysis. Journal name removed for review.
Kennedy, S. C., Mennicke, A. M., Feely, M. & Tripodi, S. J. (under review). The relationship between interpersonal victimization and women’s criminal sentencing: A latent class analysis. Journal name removed for review.
Mennicke, A. M., Kennedy, S. C., Gromer, J., & Klem-O’Connor, M. (under review). Evaluation of a social norms violence prevention campaign targeted toward college men: Attitudes, beliefs, and behavior over five years. Journal name removed for review.
Prost, S. G., Kennedy, S. C., Peck, J., Bouchard, M. & Shelton, D. (under review). Measurement in correctional health research: Unique challenges and strategies for enhanced rigor. Journal name removed for review.
Kennedy, S. C., & Mennicke, A. M. (in press). Behind a man: Incarcerated women’s perceptions of how we can better help them. Journal of Progressive Human Services.
Kennedy, S. C., & Tripodi, S. J. (2015). The death penalty attitudes of social work students: Current and future opportunities. Journal of Forensic Social Work, 5(1-3), 201-233. doi:10.1080/1936928X.2015.1100570
Kennedy, S. C. & Tripodi, S. J. (2015). Childhood abuse and postpartum psychosis: Is there a link? Affilia, 30(1), 96-105. doi: 10.1177/0886109914544719
Kennedy, S. C., Tripodi, S. J., Pettus-Davis, C., & Ayers, J. (2015). Examining dose-response relationships between childhood victimization, depression, symptoms of psychosis, and substance misuse for incarcerated women. Women & Criminal Justice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1080/08974454.2015.1023486
Mennicke, A., Tripodi, S., Veeh, C., & Wilke, D., & Kennedy, S. C. (2015). Assessing attitude and reincarceration outcomes associated with in-prison domestic violence treatment program completion. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 54, 465-485, doi: 10.1080/10509674.2015.1076103
Kennedy, S. C., Abell, N., & Mennicke, A. (2014). Initial validation of the mental health provider stigma inventory. Research on Social Work Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049731514563577
Kennedy, S. C., Kim, J. S., Tripodi, S. J., Brown, S. M., & Gowdy, G. (2014). Does parent-child interaction therapy reduce future physical abuse?: A meta-analysis. Research on Social Work Practice. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/1049731514543024
Mennicke, A., Oehme, K., Anderson, D., & Kennedy, S. C. (2014). Law Enforcement Officers’ Perception of Rape and Rape Victims: A Multi-Methods Study. Violence and Victims, 29, 814-827. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-13-00017
Kennedy, S. C., Tripodi, S. J., & Pettus-Davis, C. (2013). The relationship between childhood abuse and psychosis for women prisoners: Assessing the importance of frequency and type of victimization. Psychiatric Quarterly, 84, 439-453. doi: 10.1007/s11126-013-9258-2

Contact Information
Mailing AddressUConn School of Social Work
38 Prospect St.
Hartford, CT 06103