Ortner Center on Violence & Abuse in Relationships

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Malitta Engstrom, PhD

School of Social Policy & Practice
Associate Professor

Malitta Engstrom, Ph.D., is an associate professor in the School of Social Policy & Practice. Her research focuses on substance use, criminal justice system involvement, HIV, and victimization, particularly in relation to families and women across the life course. Her scholarship advances understanding of these intersecting health concerns and informs evidence-supported practices designed to address them. Professor Engstrom's research has been funded by numerous organizations, including the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the John A. Hartford Foundation, the Penn Center for AIDS Research, and the Penn University Research Foundation. She brings experience as a clinical social worker, supervisor, and field instructor to her research and teaching.





Masin-Moyer M, Engstrom M, Solomon P. A comparative effectiveness study of a shortened trauma recovery empowerment model and an attachment-informed adaptation. Violence Against Women. posted online April 2019. doi: 10.1177/1077801219836730.


Engstrom, M, Winham, KM, & Gilbert, L. Types and characteristics of childhood sexual abuse: How do they matter in HIV sexual risk behaviors among women in methadone treatment in New York City? Substance Use & Misuse, 2016; 51:3, 277-294. 


Golder, S, Engstrom, M, Hall, MT, Higgins, G, & Logan, T. Psychological distress among victimized women on probation and parole: A latent class analysis. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2015; 85:4, 382-391. 


Winham, KM, Engstrom, M, Golder, S, Renn, T, Higgins, GE, & Logan, T. Childhood victimization, attachment, psychological distress and substance use among women on probation and parole. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 2015; 85:2, 145-158.


Engstrom, M, El-Bassel, N, & Gilbert, L. Childhood sexual abuse characteristics, intimate partner violence exposure, and psychological distress among women in methadone treatment. Journal of Substance Abuse Treatment, 2012; 43:3, 366-376.