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,  and corporal punishment. I am especially interested in the use of research in policy-making.

I have recently completed a book entitled Death by Child Abuse or Neglect: U.S. Policies, Programs, and Other Professional Responses. It is slated to be published and released by Springer in late 2015.

In October 2014, I testified before the U.S. National Commission on the Elimination of Child Abuse & Neglect Fatalities. In March 2015, I testified at the Massachusetts State House as part of the Family Impact Seminar about fatal child maltreatment and the child welfare profession.

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).

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.