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Senior Research Associate, Case Western Reserve University

Rachel Lovell, Ph.D., is a Senior Research Associate with the Begun Center for Violence Prevention Research and Education at Case Western Reserve University’s Jack, Joseph, and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences.

Her research interests focus primarily on gender-based violence—in particular, sexual assault, human sex trafficking and sex work, and intimate partner violence. She currently serves as the lead research partner on Sexual Assault Kit (SAK) Initiative grants funded by the Bureau of Justice Assistance in collaboration with the Cuyahoga County Prosecutor’s Office. On the SAK project, she is currently examining issues pertaining to the unsubmitted SAKs in Cuyahoga County. Additionally, Rachel’s current research focuses on issues pertaining to human sex trafficking and sex work in Chicago, Illinois and Northeast Ohio.

Rachel also serves as the statistician/methodologist on several funded research grant. In terms of quantitative methodologies, Rachel has experience with (but not limited to) structural equation modeling, longitudinal data analysis, time series analysis, multivariate regression, survival analysis, quasi-experimental designs, missing data analysis, power analysis, and multilevel modeling. She is proficient in programming for several statistical packages (SPSS and Stata) and has working knowledge of several others (SAS, R, Mplus, AMOS, HLM, and LISREL).


  • 2012–present
    Senior research associate, Case Western Reserve University