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Mengo, Cecilia, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor


Curriculum Vitae

PhD - University of Texas at Arlington School of Social Work, 2016
MSW- Western Kentucky University, 2012
BA (Geography)- Moi University, Kenya

Areas of Expertise
Intimate partner violence
College sexual assault
Teen dating violence
Gender based violence in developing countries
IPV and HIV AIDs- The Nexus
Violence prevention
Victim services
Women empowerment issues

Areas of Interest for Mentoring PhD Students
Women's mental health and well-being
Social and economic inequalities
Intimate partner violence
International social work
Empowerment theories in social work
Life course development
Mediation and moderation models


Dr. Mengo received her Bachelor’s in Human Geography from Moi University in Eldoret, Kenya. She completed her Masters of Social Work from Western Kentucky University in Bowling Green Kentucky, where she received the 2012 Outstanding Graduate Student award. Dr. Mengo has also received certificate trainings in Community Based Participatory Research from City University of New York and poverty reduction strategies from Weitz Center for Development Studies in Rehovot, Israel. Dr. Mengo earned her PhD in social work from The University of Texas at Arlington (UTA). During her time at UTA, Dr. Mengo was the recipient of an award on Who’s Who among Students in American Universities and Colleges for her dedication to leadership and community engagement. Dr. Mengo’s research interest examines the persistent social problem of violence against women and its impact on women health and well-being. She also examines social and economic inequalities that keep women in the cycle of poverty. Dr.Mengo’s aim is to extend and expand her research by contributing to prevention and intervention efforts that can address the most immediate needs of women victims of violence with a goal of empowering them. Dr. Mengo is also cognizant of the importance of education as a key avenue for empowering the most marginalized individuals in our society.