Dr. Heather Storer
Heather L. Storer, PhD, MSW is an Assistant Professor at the Kent School of Social Work. She received both her Phd and MSW at the University of Washington School of Social Work. Prior to her academic appointment, Dr. Storer worked as a community-based social worker on issues related to dating violence prevention and meaningful youth engagement in school and community settings.
Dr. Storer’s research agenda broadly investigates primary prevention approaches to ameliorating adolescent dating abuse, particularly among vulnerable and socially underrepresented populations. She is particularly interested in partnering with low- opportunity and high-priority youth to develop meaningful strategies to promote health equity and community development. Her research agenda investigates how population-level factors influence youth’s meaning-making processes regarding dating and domestic violence. A significant focus of her work focuses on addressing the upstream and contextual determinants of dating violence and identifying pathways to support optimal development and well-being. Her research investigates the overlap between types of violence including child abuse and neglect, dating and domestic violence, community violence, bullying, and sexual assault.
Her current scholarship is investigating how the representation of dating violence on social media sites such as Twitter influences survivor’s help-seeking processes. She is interested in developing mixed-methods approaches to analyzing social media data and supporting community agencies to use social media platforms as tools for prevention and intervention.