Assistant Professor, Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work, School of Social Work
Assistant Professor, Center for Women’s and Gender Studies
Director, CARES Lab
Childhood adversity and trauma; healthy adolescent development; sexual health; trauma-informed care
Dr. Nicole Fava is an assistant professor in the Robert Stempel College of Public Health and Social Work at Florida International University. Dr. Fava’s research bridges the child maltreatment and sexuality fields from a developmental, trauma-informed, resilience-based framework via participant-centered and community-based research methods. She is especially interested in understanding multilevel factors impacting healthy development to inform effective and holistic interventions.
Dr. Fava has a strong interdisciplinary background of training in research approaches, methods, and design, as well as training in trauma-specific interventions. She has experience conducting sophisticated mixed-methods and quantitative research, developing person-centered data collection methodologies and implementing these within diverse milieus, making it possible to understand the complex interplay between positive and negative factors that influence the meaning individuals make from their traumatic experiences and their health and functioning.
Recently, Dr. Fava conducted a national mixed-methods online study to look at the ways individuals with and without trauma histories experience adversity and wellness — and sexual health. This will aid in moving our knowledge about sexual health beyond the absence of disease and toward the presence of health, both in general and in a vulnerable and understudied population.
Dr. Fava is also launching a project funded by The Children’s Trust that will extend trauma-specific services for youth and families in Miami-Dade. Clinicians in three community clinics will be trained and certified in trauma-focused cognitive behavioral therapy, an evidence-based approach to treating trauma in youth. This will build capacity in Miami-Dade to better support youth and families dealing with trauma.
- Bowdoin College, AB
- University at Buffalo, School of Social Work, MSW
- University at Buffalo, School of Social Work, PhD
- Wayne State University, Postdoctoral Fellow
Sanchez, M., Diez, S., Fava, N.M., Cyrus, E., Ravelo, G.J., Rojas, P., Li, T., Cano, M.A., & De La Rosa, M. (2019). Immigration Stress Among Recent Latino Immigrants: The Protective Role of Social Support and Religious Social Capital. Social Work in Public Health, 4, 279-292. doi: 10.1080/19371918.2019
Burke, S.L., Hu, T., Fava, N.M., Cottler, L., Duara, R., O’Driscoll, J., Alvarez, D. (2019). Factors Influencing Attrition in 35 Alzheimer’s Disease Centers Across the United States: A Longitudinal Examination of the National Alzheimer’s Coordinating Center’s Uniform Data Set. Aging Clinical and Experimental Research. doi: 10.1007/s40520-018-1087-6
Fava, N.M., Trucco, E.M., Martz, M.M., Cope, L., Jester, J., Heitzeg, M.M., & Zucker, R.A. (2018). Childhood adversity, externalizing behavior, and substance use in adolescence: Mediating effects of brain processes. Development and Psychopathology. doi:10.1017/S0954579418001025
Ladis, B., Macgowan, M., Thomlison, B., Fava, N.M., Huang, H., Trucco, E.M., & Martinez, M. (2019). Parent-focused prevention interventions for substance use and youth problem behaviors: A critical review. Research on Social Work Practice, 29(4), 420-442.
Fava, N.M., Bay-Cheng, L.Y., Nochajski, T.H., Bowker, J.C., & Hayes, T. (2018). A resilience framework: Sexual health trajectories of youth with maltreatment histories. Journal of Trauma & Dissociation, 19, 444-460. doi: 10.1080/15299732.2018.1451974
Burke, S., Hu, T., Fava, N.M., Li, T., Rodriguez, M., Schuldiner, K., Burgess, A., & Laird, A. (2018). Sex differences in the development of mild cognitive impairment and probable Alzheimer’s disease as predicted by hippocampal volume or white matter hyperintensities. Journal of Women & Aging. doi: 10.1080/08952841.2018.1419476
Descilo, T., Fava, N.M., Burke, S.L., Costa, I., Swanson, A., & Figley, C.R. (2017). The Effect of Traumatic Incident Reduction on Posttraumatic Stress Symptoms, Anxiety, Depression, and Success Expectancy in a Community Agency Setting. Research on Social Work Practice. DOI: 10.1177/1049731517745993
Fava, N.M., Li, T., Burke, S.L., & Wagner, E.F. (2017). Resilience in the context of fragility: Development of a multidimensional measure of child wellbeing within the Fragile Families dataset. Children and Youth Services Review, 81, 358-367. doi.org/10.1016/j.childyouth.2017.08.023
Munro, M.L., Fava, N.M., Ronis, D.L., Darling-Fisher, C.S., Villarruel, A.M., Pardee, M., & Martyn, K.K. (2016). The Effect of a Youth-Centered Sexual Risk Event History Calendar (SREHC) Assessment on Sexual Risk Attitudes, Intentions, and Behavior. Journal of Pediatric Health Care, 31, 302-313. doi: 10.1016/j.pedhc.2016.09.004
Fava, N.M., Munro, M.L., Felicetti, I.L., Darling-Fisher, C.S., Pardee, M., Helman, A., Trucco, E.M., & Martyn, K.K. (2016). Patient-Centered Participatory Research in Three Health Clinics: Benefits, Challenges, and Lessons Learned. Western Journal of Nursing Research, 38, 1509-1530. doi: 10.1177/0193945916654665
Fava, N.M., Simon, V.A., Smith, E.P., Khan, M., Kovacevic, M., Rosenblum, K.L., Menke, R. & Muzik, M. (2016). Perceptions of General and Parenting-Specific Posttraumatic Change among Postpartum Mothers with Histories of Childhood Maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 56, 20-29. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2016.04.007
Munro, M. L., Fava, N. M., Saftner, M. A., Darling-Fisher, C. S., Tate, N. H., Stoddard, S. A., & Martyn, K.M. (2016). What are we missing? Risk behaviors among Arab-American adolescents and emerging adults. Journal of the American Association of Nurse Practitioners, 28, 493-502. doi: 10.1002/2327-6924.12352
Simon, V.A., Smith, E., Fava, N.M., & Feiring, C (2015). Positive and Negative Posttraumatic Change Following Childhood Sexual Abuse Are Associated With Youths’ Adjustment. Child Maltreatment, 20, 278-290. doi: 10.1177/1077559515590872
Munro, M.L., Martyn, K.M., Fava, N.M., & Helman, A. (2014). Inter-rater reliability of the Measure of Patient-Centered Communication in health promotion clinic visits with youth. International Journal of Communication and Health, 3, 34-42.
Bay-Cheng, L.Y. & Fava, N.M. (2014). What puts “At-Risk Girls” at risk? Sexual vulnerability and social inequality in the lives of girls in the child welfare system. Sexuality Research and Social Policy, 11, 116-125. doi: 10.1007/s13178-013-0142-5
Patterson-Silver Wolf, D.A., Dulmus, C.N., Maguin, E., & Fava, N.M. (2014). Refining the Evidence-Based Practice Attitude Scale: An Alternative Confirmatory Factor Analysis. Social Work Research, 38, 47-58. doi: 10.1093/swr/svu006
Martyn, K. K., Munro, M. L., Darling-Fisher, C. S., Ronis, D. L., Villarruel, A. M., Pardee, M., Faleer, H., & Fava, N. M. (2013). Patient-centered communication and health assessment with youth. Nursing Research, 62, 383-393. doi:10.1097/NNR.0000000000000005. PMID: 24165214.
Fava, N.M. & Bay-Cheng, L.Y. (2013). Trauma-informed sexuality education: Recognizing the rights and resilience of youth. Sex Education: Sexuality, Society and Learning, 13, doi:10.1080/14681811.2012.745808.
Fava, N.M. & Bay-Cheng, L.Y. (2012). Young women’s adolescent experiences of oral sex: Relation of age of initiation to sexual motivation, sexual coercion, and psychological well-being. Journal of Adolescence, 35, 1191-1201.
Bay-Cheng, L.Y. & Fava, N.M. (2011). Young women’s experiences and perceptions of cunnilingus during adolescence. Journal of Sex Research, 48, 1-12.
Bay-Cheng, L. Y., Livingston, J. A., & Fava, N.M. (2011). Adolescent girls’ assessment and management of sexual risks: Insights from focus group research. Youth & Society, 43, 1167–1193.