Elena Chernyak
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Sociology, Criminology and Human Services
Areas of Expertise

Sociology, social work, women’s studies, gender-based violence and inequality, social theories, feminist theories, social psychology, family studies, Soviet/post-Soviet societies.

Ph.D., University of Windsor, Ontario, Canada

Elena Chernyak

Associate Professor of Sociology

Recent courses taught:

  • Introduction to Social Work
  • Introduction to Sociology
  • Contemporary Theory
  • Qualitative research methods
  • Senior Seminar
  • Intro to Counseling Skills
  • Social Psychology
  • Sociology of the Family
  • Sociology of Religion
  • Understanding Violence
  • Social Policy and Social Welfare
  • Women and Religion
  • Controversial Social Issues
  • Gerontology
  • Introduction to Women’s studies
  • Internship: Social Work Intern
  • Internship: Social Services Intern
  • Internship: Violence Intervention Program
  • Internship: Substance Abuse

Distinctions (awards, fellowships, and grants):

  • NACADA Outstanding New Advisor Certificate of Merit Award. NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
  • Hartwick College Excellence in Academic Advising Award. Hartwick College, Oneonta, USA.
  • Faculty Research Grants
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council Doctoral Fellowship (SSHRC). Canadian Federal Government.
  • Ontario Graduate Scholarship (3 time-recipient). Provincial Government. Canada.
  • Beverly Jackson Fellowship. Canadian Federation of University Women.
  • Graduate Student Research Grant. Health Research Center for the Study of Violence against Women. University of Windsor, Canada.
  • A. R. and & E .G. Ferris Awards. University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada.
  • Bursary Award in Quantitative Methods. Department of Sociology, Anthropology, and Criminology. University of Windsor, Windsor, Canada.
  • Galina Starovoitova 4-th annual competition for the best research among outstanding young scholars “Galateya”. Second prize. Independent research “Freedom of speech and dependent mass media”, Saint-Petersburg, Russia.

Selected publications:

  • Chernyak, E. (2020). A comparative study of intimate partner violence in post-Soviet countries: Evidence from National Surveys. Journal of Family Issues, 41(12), 2297-2327. DOI: 10.1177/0192513X20942818.
  • Chernyak, E., Ceresola, R., & Herrold, M. (2020). From past to present: Children’s exposure of intimate partner violence and subsequent experience of IPV in adulthood among women. Journal of Gender-Based Violence, 4(2), 259-278. DOI: 10.1332/239868020X15893856098343.
  • Chernyak, E. (2020). Who is at risk? Intimate partner violence against women in the Kyrgyz Republic. Violence and Gender, 7(3), 121-130. DOI: 10.1089/vio.2019.0004.
  • Chernyak, E. (2018). Intimate partner violence in Tajikistan: Risk and protective factors. Violence and Victims, 33(6), 1124-1147. DOI: 10.1891/0886-6708.33.6.1124.
  • Habibov, N., Barrett, B., & Chernyak, E. (2017). Understanding women’s empowerment and its determinants in post-Communist countries: Results of Azerbaijan National Survey. Woman’s Studies International Forum, 62, 125-135.
  • Fitzgerald, A., Barrett, B., Shwom, R., Stevenson, R., & Chernyak, E. (2016). Development of the partner’s treatment of animals scale. Anthrozoos, 29(4), 611–625.
  • Chernyak, E. (2016). What is a woman created for? The image of women in Russia through the lens of the Russian Orthodox Church. Feminist Theology, 24(3), 299-313.
  • Barrett, B., Habibov, N., & Chernyak, E. (2012). Factors affecting prevalence and extent of Intimate Partner Violence in Ukraine: Evidence from a Nationally Representative Survey. Violence against Women, 18(10), 1147-1176.
  • Chernyak, E. & Barrett, B. (2011). A chicken is not a bird, Is a woman a human being? Intimate partner violence and the Russian Orthodox Church. Currents: New Scholarship in the Human Services, 10(1), 1-24.

College Service and Professional Affiliations:

  • Sociology for Women in Society
  • International Sociological Association (ISA)
  • American Sociological Association
  • NACADA: The Global Community for Academic Advising
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation
  • Canadian Sociological Association
  • The Association for the Study Nationalities
  • Sociology Club. Co-supervisor
  • American Sociological Association
  • National Association of Social Workers
  • The European Association for Gender Research, Education and Documentation
  • Canadian Sociological Association
  • The Association for the Study Nationalities