Associate Professor of Social Work
Jonel Thaller, Assistant Professor, joined the faculty in 2013 after earning her PhD and MSW in Social Work from Arizona State University.
My primary research interests have been in the prevention of violence against women and children, particularly in the areas of intimate partner violence and sex trafficking of domestic minors. My practice background has included working with both survivors and perpetrators of intimate partner violence, foster youth, and homeless people. Although I enjoy teaching statistics to social work students, my natural leaning is toward qualitative research. Since its inception nearly a decade ago, I have attended, presented, and/or contributed to the organization of Social Work Day at the International Congress of Qualitative Inquiry (ICQI). In some of my more recent work, I have used discourse analysis and multiple case study analysis to examine nuances in male justifications for perpetrating reproductive coercion in intimate relationships. In 2017, I started work with Dr. Slater in the evaluation of the Fresh Start addiction recovery program for pregnant women, mothers, and children at Volunteers of America around the State.