Areas of Expertise
Trauma, resiliency, and recovery; gender relations; occupational health and safety; world of work; and work-family balance
Dr. Briana Barocas is the director of research at the Center on Violence and Recovery and a research associate professor at the Silver School of Social Work. She has taught as an adjunct faculty member at the Stern School of Business and the Silver School of Social Work. 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. She 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 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.
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.
She has presented at national and international conferences and her published work has appeared in Criminal Justice and Behavior, International Journal of Emergency Mental Health, and International Terrorism and Threats to Security: Managerial and Organizational Challenges. She 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.