Emily M. Douglas, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Emily M. Douglas, Ph.D.


School of Social Work

95 Burrill Avenue

Bridgewater State Univ.

Bridgewater, MA 02325





I am an associate professor in the School of  Social Work and Master of Social Work program at Bridgewater State University in Bridgewater, Massachusetts and founder and chair of the National Research Conference on Child and Family Programs and Policy.  My research focuses on child and family well-being, with a strong focus on policy and programmatic implications. Specifically, my expertise lies in fatal child maltreatment, men who experience female-to-male partner violence and seek help, divorced families,  corporal punishment and the use of research in policy-making.

Together with Dr. Denise Hines, we are investigating the health and mental health of men who seek help for partner violence victimization and the health and mental health of their children. This study is funded by the National Institute of Child Health & Human Development. It is the second study that we have conducted on men who have sustained partner violence. In August 2013, my new book on corporal punishment, with Drs. Murray Straus and Rose Medeiros, was released: The Primordial Violence: Spanking Children, Psychological Development, Violence, and Crime (Routledge/Francis & Taylor).

Starting in January 2014, I am also working on a three-year project concerning the intersection of partner violence and child protection concerns with the Connecticut Department of Children & Families. Two colleagues are joining me on this project, Dr. Melinda Gushwa and Dr. Denise Hines.

I am on sabbatical for the 2013-2014 academic year and writing a book on fatal maltreatment: Child Abuse & Neglect Deaths in the United States: Three Decades of Effort. It is under contract with Springer.

For the 2010-2011 academic year I was the  Presidential Fellow at my institution, which enabled me to spend this time as a visiting research fellow at the internationally known Family Research Laboratory, University of New Hampshire, where I conducted a study on the intersection of the child welfare profession and  fatal child maltreatment.

In my previous positions I was an assistant extension professor at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Family Studies.  I was also co-chair of the 9th International Family Violence Research Conference held in Portsmouth, New Hampshire in July, 2005 .  Between 2002-2004 I was a postdoctoral research fellow with Dr. Murray Straus at the Family Research Laboratory at the University of New Hampshire. I completed my doctorate in public policy at the University of Massachusetts in 2002.