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Shelly M. Wagers

Assistant Professor of Criminology, University of South Florida

Dr. Wagers has over 20 years of experience developing and delivering educational classes, workshops, and seminars in the areas of violence prevention and the development of healthy interpersonal relationships. The specific focus of her research and experience is on helping people understand the internal motives behind their violent behaviors within intimate relationships. Prior to joining the faculty at USFSP, Dr. Wagers worked as a sexual and domestic violence prevention trainer and served as a sworn law enforcement officer. In addition, Dr. Wagers has served as a consultant to the Virginia Batterer Intervention Certification Board regarding evidence-based practices and national trends for batterer intervention programs and currently she serves on the Executive Board for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan ( Dr. Wagers research on domestic violence has been published in journal such as, The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence and Victims, and Partner Abuse


  • –present
    Assistant Professor of Criminology, University of South Florida
  • 2014–2018
    Assistant Professor Criminology, Radford University