Research Professor; Senior Director of Research and Scholarship, Center on Violence and Recovery
PhD, MS, BS
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 Professor at NYU Silver and serves as the Senior Director of Research and Scholarship 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. She has two decades of experience in restorative justice applications to domestic violence crimes in communities across the United States and currently serves as a member of the European Forum for Restorative Justice’s Working Group on Gender-Based Violence and Restorative Justice.
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, Partner Abuse, 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, and Gender and Domestic Violence: Contemporary Legal Practice and Intervention Reforms.
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.
Restorative Justice Treatment for Domestic Violence Crimes: A Qualitative Study
Barocas, B., Avieli, H. & Mills, L. G., Dec 2023, In : Criminal Justice and Behavior. 50, 12, p. 1805-1826 22 p.
The Role of Food and Food Behaviors in Intimate Partner Violence
Shimizu, R., Barocas, B., Cipollina, J., Cotner, M., Murakami, N., Park, Y., Yang, S. & Munson, M. R., Jun 2023, In : Journal of Family Issues. 44, 6, p. 1572-1596 25 p.
A Call for a New Paradigm: Perspectives of Court Personnel and Clinicians on Court-Mandated Treatment Approaches for Domestic Violence Crimes
Barocas, B., Yang, S., Park, Y., Shimizu, R., Murakami, N. J., Avieli, H. & Mills, L. G., 2022, In : Journal of Family Violence..
Victimization and Poly-victimization in a National Representative Sample of Children and Youth: The Case of Chile
Pinto-Cortez, C., Guerra Vio, C., Barocas, B. & Pereda, N., 2022, In : Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma. 31, 1, p. 3-21 19 p.
Group work in research: creating a research family
Barocas, B., Shimizu, R., Cipollina, J. E., Murakami, N. J., Cotner, M. A., Park, Y., Yang, S., Gajić, M. & Noll, N., Apr 2 2020, In : Social Work with Groups. 43, 1-2, p. 172-179 8 p.
Restorative Justice Approaches to Intimate Partner Violence: A Review of Interventions
Barocas, B., Avieli, H. & Shimizu, R., 2020, In : Partner Abuse. 11, 3, p. 318-349 32 p.
A randomized controlled trial of restorative justice-informed treatment for domestic violence crimes
Mills, L. G., Barocas, B., Butters, R. P. & Ariel, B., Dec 1 2019, In : Nature human behaviour. 3, 12, p. 1284-1294 11 p.
Erratum: Publisher Correction: A randomized controlled trial of restorative justice-informed treatment for domestic violence crimes (Nature human behaviour (2019) 3 12 (1284-1294))
Mills, L. G., Barocas, B., Butters, R. P. & Ariel, B., Dec 1 2019, In : Nature human behaviour. 3, 12, p. 1344 1 p.
Changing the Domestic Violence Narrative: Aligning Definitions and Standards
Barocas, B., Emery, D. & Mills, L. G., Nov 1 2016, In : Journal of Family Violence. 31, 8, p. 941-947 7 p.
The next generation of court-mandated domestic violence treatment: A comparison study of batterer intervention and restorative justice programs
Mills, L. G., Barocas, B. & Ariel, B., Mar 2013, In : Journal of Experimental Criminology. 9, 1, p. 65-90 26 p.
Mental, physical, and behavioral outcomes associated with perceived work stress in police officers
Gershon, R. R. M., Barocas, B., Canton, A. N., Xianbin Li, L. & Vlahov, D., Mar 2009, In : Criminal Justice and Behavior. 36, 3, p. 275-289 15 p.
Police peer support programs: Current knowledge and practice
Grauwiler, P., Barocas, B. & Mills, L. G., Dec 2008, In : International Journal of Emergency Mental Health. 10, 1, p. 27-38 12 p.
Worksite emergency preparedness: Lessons from the world trade center evacuation study
Gershon, R. R. M., Qureshi, K. A., Barocas, B., Pearson, J. & Dopson, S. A., 2008, International Terrorism and Threats to Security: Managerial and Organizational Challenges. Edward Elgar Publishing, p. 232-266 35 p.
Mills, L.G. & Barocas, B. (2019, November). Research on Court-Mandated Treatment for Domestic Violence Offenders. Division on Women and Crime and National Institute of Justice panel presentation at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Barocas, B., Shimizu, R., Murakami, N.J., Park, Y., & Yang, S. (2019, October). Domestic Violence Offender Treatment: Perspectives of Court Personnel and Clinicians. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.
Barocas, B., Mills, L.G., Baxter, J., Maley, M.H., Acosta, B., & Sanchez, S. (2019, June). Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice: A Panel Presentation of Scholars, Judges, and Practitioners. Panel presentation at the National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice, Denver, CO.
Barocas, B., Mills, L.G., Butters, R.P., & Ariel, B. (2019, January). Court-Mandated Restorative Justice for Domestic Violence Offenders: A Randomized Controlled Trial. Paper presented at the 23rd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work and Research, San Francisco, CA.
Barocas, B. & Mills, L.G. (2018, June). Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence Court-mandated Treatment: Practice, Policy, and Research. Paper presented at Global Unity and Healing: Building Communities with a Restorative Approach, Burlington, VT.
Barocas, B. & Mills, L.G. (2018, May). Domestic Violence and Restorative Justice: Practice, Policy, and Research on Court-mandated Treatment. Paper presented at Effective Strategies for Working with Involuntary Clients: International Perspectives, Prato, Italy.
Barocas, B. & Emery, D. (2016, June). Restorative Justice and Domestic Violence: Practice and Research on Court-mandated Treatment. Paper presented at the National Organization of Forensic Social Work Annual Conference, New Orleans, LA.
Barocas, B. & Emery, E. (2016, June). Continuing the Movement – Restorative Justice as a Response to Domestic Violence. Workshop session at Restorative Justice in Motion: Building a Social Movement Conference, Harrisonburg, VA.
Barocas, B. & Emery, D, (2015, November). Reimagining the Criminal Justice System Response to Domestic Violence: Restorative Justice as Treatment for Offenders. Roundtable session at the American Society of Criminology Annual Meeting, Washington, DC.
Barocas, B. & Emery, D. (2015, October). Promoting Innovation in Offender Service Provision: The Domestic Violence Knowledge Bank. Paper presented at Real Progress: Prevention, Practice and Innovation, New York, NY.
Barocas, B. & Emery, D. (2015, June). Restorative Justice as a Response to Domestic Violence. Paper presented at the National Conference on Community and Restorative Justice, Fort Lauderdale, FL.
Mills, L.G., Barocas, B., Emery, D., & Zakheim, F. (2014, July). Peacemaking Circles for Domestic Violence: Research and Practice. Paper presented at Restorative Justice, Responsive Regulation and Complex Problems, Burlington, VT.
Barocas, B., Mills, L.G., Emery, D., & Butters, R. (2014, June). Practice-Research Partnerships in Randomized Controlled Trials: Strategies for Development and Implementation. Paper presented at the Third International Conference on Practice Research, New York, NY.
Barocas, B. (2011, June). Research Seminar: From Neurobiology of Attachment to Trauma in the Workplace. Invited panelist at the American Psychoanalytic Association 100th Annual Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Barocas, B., Shy, Y., & Zakheim, F. (2011, June). Peacemaking and Healing Circles for Intimate Partner Abuse: The Research and Practice. Invited presenter at the 2nd Conference of the New York City Coalition on Working with Abusive Partners, New York, NY.
Barocas, B. (2010, February). Domestic Violence: New Interventions. Invited presenter at the 16th Annual Rebellious Lawyering Conference ("Reblaw") at Yale Law School, Yale University, New Haven, CT.
Barocas, B., Mills, L.G., & Miller, A. (2009, May). A Psycho-educational Intervention Program for Police Officers. Paper presented at the World Congress on Disaster and Emergency Medicine, Victoria, BC, Canada.
Gershon, R.R.M., Barocas, B., Canton, A.N., Li, X., & Vlahov, D. (2008, October). Health Outcomes Associated with Perceived Work Stress in Police Officers. Paper presented at the National Occupational Injury Research Symposium (NOIRS), Pittsburgh, PA.
Grauwiler, P. & Barocas, B. (2007, October). Challenges to Providing Disaster Mental Health Services to Police Officers: Clinicians' Perspectives. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, San Francisco, CA.
Barocas, B. & Grauwiler, P. (2007, September). Providing Support to New York City Police Officers: Perspectives on Workplace Peer Assistance. Paper presented at WorkLife 2007: Protecting and Promoting Worker Health, National Institute of Occupational Safety and Health, Bethesda, MD