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Holliday Nworu

Assistant Professor

Charvonne N. Holliday, PhD, MPH, examines racial/ethnic differences in intimate partner violence, reproductive coercion & women’s contraceptive decision making in IPV context.

Contact Info

615 N. Wolfe Street, Room W4503D

Research Interests

women's health; intimate partner violence; reproductive coercion; social determinants of health; health disparities; place-based disparities; neighborhoods; racial and ethnic disparity; violence perpetration; participatory research methods; sexual and reproductive health; mixed-methods; concept mapping
Experiences & Accomplishments
University of Pittsburgh
Walden University
Washington & Jefferson College
I am committed to understanding and addressing critical social and structural determinants of reproductive coercion (RC) and intimate partner violence (IPV) and their impact on persistent racial and ethnic women’s health disparities. My current research agenda is three-fold: strengthening IPV intervention programming for men who cause harm through multidisciplinary collaboration, examining social and structural risk factors (e.g., residential segregation, neighborhood deprivation) that may increase women’s risk of experiencing violence and undermine the health and stability of RC/IPV survivors, and developing a novel scale to measure men’s perpetration of RC against women. My research is unique because it includes perspectives of both survivors and perpetrators of violence to maximize the impact of violence intervention and prevention. My current and future research agenda is motivated by my increasing understanding of how violence intersects with broader social contexts to perpetuate deeply entrenched disparities. My research draws on gender, power, and social ecology theories and employs community-based participatory mixed methods, including concept mapping, spatial statistics, and secondary data analysis from various sources.
Honors & Awards
Rev. Melvin Tuggle Community Excellence Award, Special Commendation (2017),

Jonas Salk Fellow, Jewish Healthcare Foundation, Pittsburgh, PA (2013-14),

NAACP Keynote Speaker for Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Celebration (2013),

Phi Sigma Biological Sciences Honor Society (2007),

Traveler’s Research Fellowship, Weill Cornell Medical College (2007),

Rules, Hughes, Murphy Award (2006),

Alpha Lambda Delta National Honor Society (2005),

Bill and Melinda Gates Millennium Scholarship Fellow (2004-14),

Multicultural Academic Success Collaborative Award (2004),
Select Publications
My research focuses on social and structural determinants of reproductive coercion (RC) and intimate partner violence (IPV) experiences among survivors and people who cause harm, and the impact of these factors on persistent racial and ethnic women’s health disparities. Selected publications:
  • Holliday CN, Bevilacqua K, Trister Grace K, Denhard L, Kaur A, Miller J, Decker MR. (2021). Examining the Neighborhood Attributes of Recently Housed Partner Violence Survivors in Rapid Rehousing. International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health, 18(4):4177.
  • Holliday CN, Kahn G, Thorpe RJ, Jr., Shah R, Hameeduddin Z, Decker MR. Racial/Ethnic Disparities in Police Reporting for Partner Violence in the National Crime Victimization Survey and Survivor-Led Interpretation. J Racial Ethn Health Disparities. 2019; doi: 10.1007/s40615-019-00675-9
  • Holliday CN, Morse SM, Irvin NA, et al. Concept Mapping: Engaging Urban Men to Understand Community Influences on Partner Violence Perpetration. 2018. doi:10.1007/s11524-018-0297-8
  • Holliday CN, Miller E, Decker MR, et al. Racial Differences in Pregnancy Intention, Reproductive Coercion, and Partner Violence among Family Planning Clients: A Qualitative Exploration. Women’s Health Issues. 2018; 28(3):205-211. doi:
  • Holliday, CN, McCauley, HL, Silverman, JG, Ricci, E, Decker, MR, Tancredi, DJ, … Miller, E. Racial/Ethnic Differences in Women’s Experiences of Reproductive Coercion, Intimate Partner Violence, and Unintended Pregnancy. J Women's Health. 2017;26(8):828-835. doi:10.1089/jwh.2016.5996.