Briana Barocas

Research Associate Professor; Director of Research, Center on Violence and Recovery
(212) 998-2198

Areas of Expertise

Trauma, resiliency, and recovery; gender relations; occupational health and safety; restorative justice; world of work; work-family balance


Briana Barocas is a Research Associate Professor at NYU Silver and serves as the Director of Research at the Center on Violence and Recovery. Dr. Barocas has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Stern School of Business and the Silver School. Her interests in trauma, resiliency, and recovery have led to research on first responders, individuals and families affected by domestic violence, and survivors of 9/11. Additional research interests include gender relations and the world of work. Dr. Barocas also conducts training on program development and evaluation.

Her research has been supported by the National Institute of Justice, the National Science Foundation, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Department of Defense. She was the principal investigator on a National Science Foundation Innovation Corps (I-Corps) team to develop an online platform for domestic violence treatment. In 2019, Dr. Barocas was a participant in the Scholars as Bridge Builders: New York City and Jerusalem workshop at the Hebrew University. The program brought together American, Israeli, and Palestinian scholars to explore practices and policies of urban justice. She also participated in the 2011 Faculty Fellowship Summer Institute in Israel co-sponsored by Scholars for Peace in the Middle East. For the 2010-2011 academic year, she was a fellow of the American Psychoanalytic Association. In 2007, she was selected to participate in the Disaster Mental Health Research Mentoring Program, a two-year program funded by the National Institute of Mental Health in which she focused on disaster mental health in workplace settings.

Dr. Barocas has presented at national and international conferences and her published work has appeared in Criminal Justice and Behavior, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, Journal of Experimental Criminology, Journal of Family Violence, Nature Human Behaviour, Social Work with Groups, as well as International Terrorism and Threats to Security: Managerial and Organizational Challenges and Stress in Policing: Sources, Consequences and Interventions.

Prior to joining New York University, Dr. Barocas was a consultant and researcher at Columbia University’s Center on Social Policy and Practice in the Workplace. She also served as the Assistant Director of Cornell University’s Institute for Women and Work at the School of Industrial and Labor Relations, where she was involved in various projects related to labor and management issues and gender relations in the workplace. Her research on work-family issues and on violence, trauma, and recovery has strengthened her commitment to improving the lives of individuals, families, and communities.

Dr. Barocas holds a PhD in social policy and policy analysis from Columbia University, an MS in gender studies from the London School of Economics and Political Science, and a BS in human development and family studies from Cornell University.