Penn State Harrisburg

Chiara Sabina, Ph.D.

· Associate Professor of Social Sciences; Behavioral Sciences and Education


Dr. Chiara Sabina is an associate professor of social sciences and coordinates the Community Psychology and Social Change masters program at Penn State Harrisburg. Her research centers on interpersonal victimization, especially intimate partner violence, sexual violence, and dating violence. Dr. Sabina employs a contextual, strengths-based perspective with respect to interpersonal violence focusing on understudied groups, the influence of cultural variables, help-seeking responses, and examination of the service-delivery system. Dr. Sabina has received four National Institute of Justice grants to conduct a national victimization study on Latino women, a national longitudinal victimization study on male and female Latino teens, and a secondary analysis of cases of Latino intimate partner homicide. She has also received a Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency grant to conduct a state-wide needs assessment of victim services and a Vision of Hope grant to work towards including adults in child sexual abuse prevention in PA. During the 2015-2016 academic year, she received a Fulbright Fellowship to conduct research on partner violence services in Quito, Ecuador. She teaches courses on research methods, quantitative methods, and race, gender, class, and sexual identity diversity. Dr. Sabina serves as Member at Large for American Psychological Association’s Division 27, Society for Community Research and Action, and is Senior Consulting Editor for Psychology of Violence.

Publications and Research

  • Sabina, C. (2016). Intimate partner violence among Latinos. In C.A. Cuevas & C.M. Rennison (Eds.), The Wiley Handbook on the Psychology of Violence (pp. 625-648). Oxford, UK: Wiley-Blackwell.
  • Sabina, C., Cuevas, C.A. & Cotignola-Pickens, H.M. (2016). Longitudinal dating violence among Latino teens: Rates, risk factors, and cultural influences. Journal of Adolescence, 47, 5-15.
  • Sabina, C. & Banyard, V. (2015). Moving towards well-being: The role of protective factors in violence research. Psychology of Violence, 5, 337-342. (Introduction to guest edited special issue on protective factors for violence)
  • Sabina, C., Cuevas, C.A., & Zadnik, E. (2015). Intimate partner violence among Latino women: Rates and cultural correlates. Journal of Family Violence, 30, 35-47.
  • Cuevas, C.A., Sabina, C., & Bell, K.A. (2014). Dating violence and interpersonal victimization among a national sample of Latino youth. Journal of Adolescent Health, 55, 564-570.
  • Sabina, C., Cuevas, C.A., & Rodriguez, R. (2014). Who to turn to? Latino teens, dating violence, and help-seeking. Psychology of Violence, 4, 348-362.
  • Sabina, C., & Ho, L. (2014). Campus and college victim responses to sexual assault and dating violence: Disclosure, service utilization, and service provision. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 15, 201-226.
  • Sabina, C., Cuevas, C. A., & Schally, J. L. (2013). The effect of immigration and acculturation on victimization among a national sample of Latino women. Cultural Diversity & Ethnic Minority Psychology, 19, 13-26.
  • Sabina, C., Cuevas, C.A., & Schally, J.L. (2012). Cultural influences on help-seeking among a national sample of Latino women. American Journal of Community Psychology, 49, 347-363.