Gina Fedock, a female-presenting person, smiles towards the camera in a library.

Gina Fedock, PhD

Assistant Professor

969 E. 60th Street
Chicago, IL 60637

Office Location: E009

Areas of Expertise
Criminal Justice Policy
Human Rights
Intervention Programs
Mental Health
Social Work
Violence and Trauma
UChicago Affiliations
Center for the Study of Gender and Sexuality

Gina Fedock's work focuses on improving women's mental health and spans the boundaries of public health, criminal justice, law, and social work. Her research includes implementing, testing, and evaluating interventions that are designed to improve the quality of women's health in the community and within correctional settings.

In addition, her work expands a trauma-informed framework of understanding and addressing women's health needs. She integrates women's experiences of gender-based violence, such as sexual violence and intimate partner violence, into her research. Through a human rights framework, her work incorporates advocacy for addressing social injustices in order to improve women's health and wellbeing.

Currently, she is working on several studies, including examining women’s experiences of staff sexual misconduct in prisons and on parole and investigating racial and gender disparities in suicide attempts by prisoners. Through a faculty grant from the Pozen Family Center for Human Rights, she is investigating how human rights standards influence women's imprisonment (

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Fedock, G., and Covington, S. (2022). Strength-based approaches to the treatment of incarcerated women and girls, from 

Darcy, K., Fedock, G., Kubiak, S.P. (2022). “Terrified of a System I Didn’t Understand”: Reporting Staff Sexual Misconduct Against Women on Parole. Feminist Criminology; 17(2):252-273. doi:10.1177/15570851211045641

Fedock, G.,  Garthe, R.,  Higgins, G. E.,  Lewis, C., &  Blank Wilson, A. (2021).  Health care disparities for incarcerated adults after a suicide attempt. Suicide and Life-Threatening Behavior,  51,  931– 939.

Fedock, G., Cummings, C., Kubiak, S., Bybee, D., Campbell, R., Darcy, K. (2021). Incarcerated Women’s Experiences of Staff-Perpetrated Rape: Racial Disparities and Justice Gaps in Institutional Responses. Journal of Interpersonal Violence; 36(17-18):8668-8692. doi:10.1177/0886260519850531

Epperson, M.W., Wilson, A.B., Fedock, G. (2021). The Promise of Research to Advance Smart Decarceration. Criminal Justice and Behavior; 48(1):3-9. doi:10.1177/0093854820977587

Fedock, G., Darcy, K.M., Kubiak. S. (2020). “He Acted as If He Owned Me”: An Exploratory Case Study Analysis of Correctional Staff Sexual Misconduct Against Women on Parole. Violence Against Women; 27(11):2000-2020. doi:10.1177/10778012211019051

Fedock, G., Kubiak, S.P., & Bybee, D. (2017). Testing a new intervention with incarcerated women serving life sentences. Research on Social Work Practice. doi:10.1177/1049731517700272

Fedock, G. (2017). Life before “I killed the man that raped me”: Pre-prison life experiences of incarcerated women with life sentences and subsequent treatment needs. Women & Criminal Justice. doi:10.1080/08974454.2017.1294131

Kubiak, S.P., Brenner, H.J., Bybee, D., Campbell, R., Cummings, C.E., Darcy, K.M., Fedock, G., & Goodman-Williams, R. (2017). Sexual misconduct in prison: What factors affect whether incarcerated women will report abuses committed by prison staff? Law and Human Behavior. doi:10.1037/lhb0000239 

Fedock, G. & Sarantakos, S. (2017). Physical and mental health disparities for young women with a history of arrest. Health & Social Work, 42(2),e102-e110.

Fedock, G.  (2017). Women’s psychological adjustment to prison: A review for future social work directions. Social Work Research, 41(1), 31-42.

Kubiak, S. P., Brenner, H. J., Bybee, D., Canpbell, R., Cummings, C., Darcy, K. M., & Fedock, G. (2016). Do sexually victimized prisoners perceive justice in litigation process and outcomes? Psychology, Public Policy, and Law, 23(1), 39-52.

Kubiak, S., Fedock, G., Kim, W.J., & Bybee, D. (2016). Long-term outcomes of a RCT intervention study for women with violent crimes. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 7(4), 661-679.

Kubiak, S., Kim, W.J., Fedock, G., & Bybee, D. (2016). Examining perpetration of physical violence by women: The influence of childhood adversity, victimization, mental illness, substance abuse and anger. Violence and Victims, 31(1), 22-45.

Alvarez, C., & Fedock, G. (2016). Addressing intimate partner violence for Latina women: A call for research. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 1524838016669508.

Alvarez, C., Fedock, G., Grace, K.T., & Campbell, J. (2016). Provider screening and counseling for intimate partner violence: A systematic review of practices and influencing factors. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 1524838016637080.

Kubiak, S., Brenner, H, Bybee, D., Campbell, B., & Fedock, G. (2016). Reporting sexual victimization during incarceration: Using ecological theory as a framework to inform and guide future research. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 1524838016637078.

Brenner, H., Darcy, K., Fedock, G., & Kubiak, S. (2016). Bars to justice: The impact of rape myths on women in prison. Georgetown Journal of Gender and Law, 17(2), 521-574. 

Fedock, G., Kubiak, S., Campbell, R., Darcy, K., & Cummings, C. (2016). Prison rape reform: Perspectives from women with life sentences on the impact of a class action lawsuit. Journal of Human Rights and Social Work, 1(3), 131-142.

O’Mahen, H., Karl, A., Moberly, N.J., & Fedock, G. (2015). The association between childhood maltreatment and emotion regulation: Two different mechanisms contributing to depression? Journal of Affective Disorders, 174, 287-295.

Kubiak, SP., & Fedock, G. (2015). Women offenders, trauma, and reentry. In H.A. Dlugacz (Ed.), Reentry planning for offenders with mental disorders. Kingston, NJ: Civic Research Institute.

Kubiak, S., Kim, W.J., Fedock, G., & Bybee, D. (2014). Testing a violence prevention program for women using a randomized control trial. Research on Social Work Practice, 25(3), 334-348.

Fries, L., Fedock, G., & Kubiak, S. (2014). The role of gender, substance use and serious mental illness in anticipated post-jail homelessness. Social Work Research, 38(2), 107-116.

Kubiak, S.P., Fedock, G., Tillander, E., Kim, W.J., & Bybee, D. (2014). Assessing the feasibility and fidelity of an intervention for women with violent offenses. Evaluation and Program Planning, 42, 1-10.

Fedock, G., Fries, L., & Kubiak, S. (2013). Services needs for incarcerated adults: Exploring gender differences. Journal of Offender Rehabilitation, 52(7), 493-508.

Kubiak, S., Kim, W.J., Fedock, G., & Bybee, D. (2013). Differences among incarcerated women with assaultive offenses: Isolated versus patterned use of violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 28(12), 2462-2490.

O’Mahen, H., Himle, J., Fedock, G., Henshaw, E., & Flynn, H. (2013). A pilot randomized controlled trial of cognitive behavioral therapy for perinatal depression adapted for women with low incomes. Depression and Anxiety, 30(7), 679-687.

Kubiak, S., Kim, W.J., Fedock, G., & Bybee, D. (2012). Assessing short-term outcomes of an intervention for women convicted of violent crimes. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 3(3), 197-212.

O’Mahen, H., Fedock, G., Henshaw, E., Flynn, H., Himle, J., & Forman, J. (2012) Modifying CBT for perinatal depression: What do women want? A Qualitative Study. Cognitive Behavioral Practice Journal, 19(2), 359-371.

Palladino CL, Fedock, G., Forman J, Davis M, Henshaw E, & Flynn H.  (2011). OB CARES:  Providers’ Perceptions of Addressing Perinatal Depression. General Hospital Psychiatry, 33(3), 267-278.

Henshaw, E., Flynn, H., Himle, J., O’Mahen, H., Forman, J., and Fedock, G. (2011). Patient preferences for clinician interactional style in treatment of perinatal depression. Qualitative Health Research, 21(7), 936-951.

Gina Fedock is an Assistant Professor in the Crown Family School of Social Work, Policy, and Practice. Her work focuses on improving women's mental health and spans the boundaries of public health, criminal justice, law, and social work.

She was a practicing clinical social worker prior to her doctoral work. Her clinical work encompasses trauma-informed practices, violence prevention, and the modalities of cognitive behavioral practice, interpersonal therapy, and motivational interviewing.

Her research is in journals such as: Trauma, Violence, & Abuse; Cognitive and Behavioral Practice; Research on Social Work Practice; Journal of Interpersonal Violence; and the Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

She earned her MSW in Interpersonal Practice and Community Organizing from the University of Michigan and her doctorate in social work from Michigan State University.