Assistant Professor, School of Social Work; Affiliated Faculty, FIU Center for Children and Families
Childhood Adversity and 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.
- Wayne State University, Postdoctoral Fellow
- University at Buffalo, MSW, Ph.D.
- Bowdoin College, AB
*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.
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. 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.
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. 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(4), 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, http://communicationandhealth.ro/upload/number3/MUNRO-MARTYN-FAVA-HELMAN.pdf.
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(1), 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(6), 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(4), 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(5), 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(3), 1167–1193.