FIU Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work
Florida International University - Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work

Nicole Fava, Ph.D., M.S.W.

  • Title: Assistant Professor
  • E-mail: nfava@fiu.edu
  • Phone: 305-348-4568
  • Office: AHC5 587

Dr. Fava's program of research merges the childhood maltreatment and sexuality fields via two components: 1) understanding the developmental impact of childhood maltreatment and 2) understanding the development of healthy sexuality. In particular, Dr. Fava explores these lines of research from a developmental, resilience-based, and trauma-informed framework highlighting the importance of protective factors across various environmental contexts to support wellbeing and sexual health among those who have experienced trauma and/or childhood maltreatment. This is in opposition to the more traditional risk-framework that has dominated both fields, and serves to inform others of the strength and agency of vulnerable populations. Dr. Fava is especially interested in conducting community-based research examining individual, peer/romantic partner, family, and community level factors impacting healthy development to inform effective and holistic interventions for youth and families.

Dr. Fava joined FIU Stempel College in 2015. She earned her Ph.D. from the School of Social Work, University at Buffalo, New York.

Research Areas

  • Healthy adolescent and young adult development
  • Sexual health, trauma, and childhood maltreatment