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Arlene Weisz

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Professor Arlene Weisz joined the faculty in 1995 after working as a psychotherapist in several different settings in Chicago. Dr. Weisz has recently co-authored a book that gathers and disseminates practice wisdom and research from respected youth dating violence and sexual assault prevention programs across North America. She has collaborated with colleagues to develop sexual assault and dating violence prevention programs for middle schools and Wayne State University students. Her research interests include youth dating violence, sexual assault prevention, and family/domestic violence. She is currently preparing manuscripts on several aspects of teen dating violence and domestic violence.

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Degrees and Certifications
  • Ph.D., Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • M.S.W., Jane Addams College of Social Work, University of Illinois at Chicago
  • A.B., University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
Teaching Interests
  • Family Systems Theory and Practice
  • Social Research
  • Dynamics and INtervention in Families Violence
  • Interpersonal Practice in Substance Abuse
  • Social Work Practice Methods
  • Human Behavior and the Social Environment
  • Theories of Addiction
Areas of Expertise


  • Dating violence
  • Sexual assault prevention
  • Family/domestic violence


  • Mixed methods
Research Project

Evaluation of Victim's Experiences with the Detroit Police Department

Role: Co-Principle Investigator. An evaluation of victims' experiences with the Detroit Police Department, funded by the Office of Justice Programs. As part of a 12-year collaboration with the Detroit Police Department Domestic Violence Unit, Dr. Weisz and Neva Nahan assisted in evaluating services provided to women seeking police assistance. We collaborated with WSU's Center for Urban Studies to conduct 187 victim interviews. The interviews have a special focus on the women's experiences with getting and using Personal Protection Orders (PPOs), because information about urban battered women's experiences with PPOs is scarce. These interviews allowed us to update our knowledge of the needs and views of battered women in Detroit.

Focus groups on youth views on dating violence, especially technological abuse.

For further details on other research, see Center for Social Work Research: http://research.socialwork.wayne.edu/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=146&Itemid=97

Office Location
5447 Woodward Avenue, Rm 251
Courses Taught

SW 9220 Theories for Practice and Research with Groups and Families

SW 9430 Dissertation Seminar

SW 9500 Advanced Clinical Social Work Theory