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Dr. Edward Gondolf, Research Associate

Ed Gondolf

Curriculum Vita

Edward W. Gondolf, Ed.D., M.P.H., recently retired from IUP and is a professor emeritus of Sociology and a research associate at MARTI. He is the ex-director of Research at MARTI, where he conducted grant-funded research on the response of the courts, mental health practitioners, alcohol treatment clinicians, and batterer programs to domestic violence. He most recently completed a clinical trail of specialized counseling for African-American men arrested for domestic violence under a grant from the National Institute of Justice (NIJ) and a comparison study of case management with similar men under a grant from the Pennsylvania Commission on Crime and Delinquency (PCCD). He also finished evaluating the effectiveness of supplemental mental health treatment for domestic violence offenders with NIJ funds.

From 1994 to 2001, Dr. Gondolf was principal investigator of a multisite evaluation of batterer intervention programs funded by the Centers for Disease Control. This seven-year study tracked 840 batterers and their female partners from four geographically-dispersed cities. Dr. Gondolf also recently completed four other court studies sponsored by the PCCD and the NIJ and two foundation-funded evaluations of intensive outpatient treatment for alcohol abuse.

Dr. Gondolf has been a professor of Sociology at Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) since 1982. From 1991 to 1994, he was the founding president of the Domestic Abuse Counseling Center (DACC) in Pittsburgh. DACC receives approximately two thousand referrals per year from the domestic violence courts in the Pittsburgh area. From 1988 to 1992, Dr. Gondolf served as a research fellow at Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, and as clinical consultant to the Domestic Relations Clinic, Veterans Affairs Medical Center, Pittsburgh. From 1993 to 1996, he was research consultant to the National Resource Center on Domestic Violence, funded by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Dr. Gondolf has authored nine books on wife abuse, including Men Who Batter: An Integrated Approach to Stopping Wife Abuse (1985), Battered Women as Survivors: An Alternative to Treating Learned Helplessness (1988), Psychiatric Response to Family Violence: Identifying and Confronting Neglected Danger (1990), Assessing Women Battering in Mental Health Settings (1997) and Batterer Intervention Systems: Issues, Outcomes and Recommendations (2002), as well as over 120 research and clinical articles on men who batter, domestic violence in general, and community development. Psychiatric Response, based on a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health, analyzes data from 382 psychiatric patients to document the clinical neglect of reported family violence in favor of identifying mental disorders. Battered Women as Survivors, done in cooperation with the Texas Council on Family Violence, analyzes six thousand intake interviews with shelter residents to establish ethnic and regional incidents, women’s help-seeking, police response, and batterer types. Assessing Women Battering in Mental Health Settings (1997) draws on this previous research and a national survey of battered women’s services to identify issues and recommend procedures for clinicians.

Dr. Gondolf has extended his work to the international scene, presenting papers at conferences in Portugal, Spain, Dominican Republic, India, Hungary, Ireland, Italy, Australia, and Russia. His second Fulbright Award for research and lecturing in India (Summer 1992) addressed the impact of rural colleges on community development and the impact of the Indian women’s movements on wife abuse. During the last decade, Dr. Gondolf has participated in biannual symposiums on domestic violence and alcohol abuse at St. Petersburg State University in Russia and conducted collaborative research comparing spousal homicide in the United States and Russia.

Dr. Gondolf received a bachelor’s degree in sociology focusing on social psychology and deviance from Princeton University in 1970, a master’s degree in community psychology from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in 1976, a doctoral degree in education with a concentration in community sociology from Boston University in 1979, and a master’s in public health majoring in psychiatric epidemiology from the University of Pittsburgh in 1988. He also completed a National Institute of Mental Health postdoctoral fellowship at the Western Psychiatric Institute and Clinic, University of Pittsburgh Medical School, in the late 1980s. He was born and raised near Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.

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