Gia Elise Barboza-Salerno

Gia Elise Barboza-Salerno

Gia Elise Barboza-Salerno J.D., Ph.D.

Visiting Scholar


Areas of expertise:

Domestic violence, trauma, substance abuse, self-harm, neglect in vulnerable populations, big data, longitudinal research design and methodology

Dr. Gia Elise Barboza-Salerno is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. She currently serves as the Statistical Associate Editor for the journal Child Maltreatment. Dr. Barboza’s scholarship focuses on the manifestation of violence across the lifespan from childhood to old age. Her work explores the multiple contextual influences of risk, including trauma, externalizing behaviors and substance abuse, on manifestations of interpersonal violence (e.g., domestic abuse, adolescent bullying), self-harm (e.g., suicide), and neglect in vulnerable populations (children, adolescents, LGBT individuals and the elderly). Dr. Barboza is also an attorney who has worked in the courts as an advocate assisting domestic violence victims navigate the legal and criminal justice system. Her work has been funded by the National Science Foundation, the United Way of Merrimack Valley and the State Street Foundation.

Dr. Barboza’s research utilizes big data, nationally representative datasets, quasi-experimental and longitudinal research designs and methodologies, such as Growth Mixture Modeling, Parallel Process Modeling, and Bayesian Space-Time techniques. Her work has recently appeared in Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, Child Maltreatment, The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and The Journal of Urban Health.