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Beaujolais, Brieanne

PhD Candidate

Curriculum Vitae

Areas of Research
Gender-based violence
Sexual assault
Campus sexual misconduct
Victim Services
Sexual and gender minorities
Immigrants and refugees


Brieanne Beaujolais, MSW, MA, is a licensed social worker and doctoral candidate whose scholarly interests focus on gender-based violence prevention, intervention, and access to services that promote empowerment and improve health outcomes for survivors of sexual violence. Her dissertation, “Feminist empowerment approaches to sexual assault prevention: A critical, qualitative analysis of empowerment self-defense intervention outcomes and evaluation strategies,” aims to enhance research about sexual assault prevention by establishing a recommended evaluative framework to assess intervention outcomes of empowerment self-defense. With training in both quantitative and qualitative methodologies, she has successfully secured external funding for her research ($12,000) and has published eleven peer-reviewed publications—four of which she is the lead author—in high-impact journals such as Violence Against Women and Child Abuse and Neglect. Brieanne has also presented over 30 peer-reviewed presentations at national and international conferences. Her diverse teaching experiences include delivery of online, face-to-face, and hybrid classes to undergraduate students in the U.S. and China, and to medical faculty in Turkey. She teaches topics such as research methods, contemporary social work, violence against women, and cross-cultural education. She also has over ten years of direct service experience working with college students, including her role as a long-term advocate for survivors of sexual violence. Brieanne was selected to serve on Ohio State’s Task Force on Sexual Abuse, a national committee addressing sexual misconduct on college campuses. Select awards include the Selma & Alexander W. Erlen Award for Service and Leadership, the Student Leadership Award for Outstanding Graduate/Professional Student, and an Award for Outstanding Commitment to Student Education. Brieanne also successfully competed to become one of 150 students selected to be an OSU Sesquicentennial Scholar. Her expected graduation is May 2021.