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Alisa J Velonis, MPH, PhD

Associate Professor

Faculty, Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

Community Health Sciences

Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health

Pronouns: she/her/hers


Building & Room:



1603 W. Taylor St.

Office Phone:

(312) 355-1217


As a researcher and public health practitioner, I have a passion for generating solution-focused evidence to address gender-based violence, structural inequities, and health. Prior to my life as an academic, I spent nearly two decades working in public health and community-based settings focused on reproductive health, HIV services, and domestic violence. As a result, I remain dedicated to applied research using engaged approaches, such as concept mapping, implementation science, and community-based participatory research. Currently, I am a faculty member with the Center of Excellence in Maternal and Child Health, and I teach community health assessment, translating evidence to practice, and reproductive and gender-based violence. I am also the lead evaluator for three U.S. based projects, including an evaluation of a hospital-based domestic violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault response program.

Selected Grants

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Evaluation of ASTHO's Increasing Access to Contraception Learning Community, Co-PI

Association of State and Territorial Health Officials, Evaluation of Maternal Opioid Use and Infant Outcomes Learning Community (OMNI), Co-PI

Swedish Covenant Hospital, Evaluation of the Advancing Hospital-Based Victims Services Program, Co-PI

Selected Publications

Velonis AJ,Forst, L. 2018. “Outreach to Low-Wage and Precarious Workers: A Concept Mapping Workshop for Public Health Officers.” Journal of Occupational and Environmental Medicine.DOI:0.1097/JOM.0000000000001462


Maddox R, Chan C, Kassam A, Yonas M, Grove J, O’Campo P, Velonis AJ.  2018. “Identifying to engage men in intimate partner violence prevention activities: A concept mapping study.”  Journal of Family Violence. DOI:10.1007/s10896-018-9985-0


DeSisto C, Kroelinger C, Estrich C, Velonis A, Uesugi K, Goodman DA, Pilska E, Akbarali S, Mackie C, Waddell L, Rankin K.  2018. Application of the Consolidated Framework for Implementation Research to Immediate Postpartum Long-Acting Reversible Contraception Policies.” Public Health Reports.


 Velonis AJ, Mahabir DF, Maddox R, O’Campo P.  2018. “Still Looking for Mechanisms: A Realist Review of Batterer Intervention Programs.”  Trauma, Violence and Abuse.


Velonis A,Molnar A, O’Campo P, Lee-Foon N, Boushel M, Rahim A. 2018. “’One program that could improve health in this neighbourhood is___?’ Using concept mapping to engage communities as part of a health and human services needs assessment. BMC Health Services Research18:150


Velonis AJ, Kaufman-Shriqui V, O’Campo P, et al, 2017.  “The Impact of Prenatal and Postpartum Partner Violence on Maternal Mental Health: Results from the Community Child Health Network (CCHN) Multisite Study.” Journal of Women’s Health


O’Campo P, Zhang J, Omand M, Velonis A, Yonas M, Minh A, Cyriac A, Farah A, Smylie J.  2016. “Conceptualization of Intimate Partner Violence: Exploring Gender Differences using Concept Mapping.” Journal of Family Violence.  DOI: 10.1007/s10896-016-9830-2


Velonis AJ, Cheff R, Davloor W, Finn D, O’Campo P. 2016. “Searching for the mechanisms of change: A protocol for a realist review of batterer treatment programs.” BMJOpen: e010173. doi:10.1136/bmjopen-2015- 010173


Velonis A. 2016. “’He Never Did Anything You Typically Think of as Abuse’: Experience with Violence in Controlling and Non-Controlling Relationships in a Non-Agency Sample of Women.” Violence Against Women.  Available Online, DOI:10.1177/1077801215618805


Velonis AJ, Daoud, N, Matheson F., Woodhall-Melnik J, Hamilton S, O’Campo P.2015.“Strategizing Safety: Expanding our Theoretical Framework to Understand Women’s Decision Making in the Face of Partner Violence and Social Inequities.” Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Available online, DOI: 10.1177/0886260515598953


ACHIEVE Post-Doctoral Fellow, 2013-2015
Centre for Research on Inner City Health
St. Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, Ontario, Canada

Ph.D. 2013
University of Colorado Denver, Dept. of Health and Behavioral Sciences
Dissertation: Are All Hits the Same? A Mixed Methods Investigation of Gender and Violence in Heterosexual Relationships

MPH, 2000
Boston University School of Public Health

B.A., 1992
Hampshire College, Amherst, Massachusetts