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About Silvia Domínguez

Dr. Silvia Domínguez, PhD, MSW, specializes in areas addressing the welfare of women, children and minority populations both in the United States and abroad, with additional emphasis on sexual and gender-based violence, race relations and immigration issues. Among numerous research reports, articles and reviews focusing on cross-cultural assimilation and socioeconomic disparities, Dr. Domínguez is the author of Getting Ahead: Social Mobility, Public Housing and Immigrant Networks (New York University Press, 2010), an examination of the lives of Latina immigrants in greater Boston. She was also an invited Team Member of the task force which developed the 2009 National Mental Health Policy for the Republic of Liberia, the country's first comprehensive and integrative policy addressing the population's diverse mental health care needs. A psychotherapist, Dr. Dominguez has held supervisory positions at various mental health facilities in the Boston area, where she designed and directed effective treatment and protocols for a predominantly immigrant/minority client base dealing with addiction, crisis prevention, sexual/gender-related violence, HIV prevention, and dual diagnoses issues. She currently serves as an independent Forensic Evaluator for the State of Massachusetts providing expert witness testimony on cases dealing with civil rights violations, and has been recognized by the United States Census Bureau as an Ethnography expert in low-income populations.


Present Assistant Professor, Sociology and Human Services, Northeastern University
Present Faculty Fellow, Brudnick Center for the Study of Conflict and Violence, Northeastern University
Present Faculty Fellow, Humanities Center, Northeastern University
Present Faculty Fellow, Institute on Urban Health Research, Northeastern University

Research Interests

International migration, Race and ethnic relations, Social networks, Qualitative and ethnographic methods, and Violence and mental health

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Honors and Awards

  • Recipient, Ford Foundation Post-Doctoral Diversity Fellowship, 2009-2010
  • Health Disparities Fellow, National Institutes of Health, 2007-2009

Contact Information

525 Holmes Hall
Northeastern University
360 Huntington Ave.
Boston, MA 02115