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Oyesola Oluwafunmilayo A

- Research Program Mentor

PhD at Michigan State University


gender-based violence prevention and intervention; global health; public health; racial disparities in programs and health outcomes; program evaluation, culturally-responsive approaches to teaching, policy advocacy, community-based research methods


I am an Applied Psychologist, Community-engaged Researcher, and Program Evaluation Specialist with over 7 years of experience in developing and implementing quantitative and qualitative research studies, and conducting process and outcome evaluations in sexual and gender-based violence prevention and response. My work focuses on mixed-methods evaluations of community interventions for survivors of gender-based violence, improving the community response to gender-based violence, evaluating victim service programs, and policy advocacy with community-based groups, and national and international organizations. I am also an experienced facilitator and trainer in strategic planning, stakeholder engagement, program management, and M&E. In addition to my work, I find joy in traveling and exploring new cultures and sights with my family and friends, trying new sweet desserts, watching TV shows/movies, and reading modern classics by West African authors.

Project ideas

Project ideas are meant to help inspire student thinking about their own project. Students are in the driver seat of their research and are free to use any or none of the ideas shared by their mentors.

Social Action project: Developing a Public Awareness Campaign

The purpose of the project is to provide students with an opportunity to actively participate in addressing teen dating violence using a prevention approach. Specifically, students will apply critical thinking, research, and scientific communication skills to conduct a literature review on the topic of teen dating violence and create an awareness campaign to educate a selected target audience (e.g., high school students, teachers/school administration, and parents/caregivers) about the prevalence, risk factors, and consequences of teen dating violence, along with information on where and how to obtain support when needed. Students will also design multimedia informational materials and activities (e.g., brochures/pamphlets/bulletins, podcasts, etc.) for the campaign.

Coding skills

SPSS; R programming; MPlus

Languages I know

Yoruba, Native; French, Beginner.

Teaching experience

University Teaching Experience: I have taught two elective 3-credit online courses (PSY 316: Children Exposed to Domestic Violence: Promoting Resiliency; and PSY 317: Sexual Assault: Context, Interventions & Prevention) administered by the Psychology Department as an interdepartmental course with the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program at Michigan State University. Both courses were offered asynchronously over a 7-week period with an average of 45 students in each class. As a member of the Graduate Teaching Assistant Program (GTAP) Advisory Board at Michigan State University, I have provided training and technical support to classroom instructors on how to apply culturally relevant strategies, and ensure equity and inclusion in providing quality instruction to students. Volunteer Mentoring Experience: As a member of the Alliance for Graduate Education and the Professoriate (AGEP) at Michigan State University, I have provided mentorship on choosing a career in the social sciences, preparing a graduate school application, and preparing for life in graduate school to high school and undergraduate students.


Work experience

National Resource Center on Domestic Violence (2021 - Current)
Director of Research & Evaluation
Stand to End Rape Initiative (2022 - Current)
Strategy and Operations Executive
Michigan State University Research Consortium on Gender-based Violence (MSU-RCGV) (2020 - Current)
Senior Data Analyst
Michigan Division of Victim Services, MDHHS (2018 - 2022)
Domestic Violence Fatality Review Team (DVFRT) Statewide Coordinator


Morgan State University
BA Bachelor of Arts (2017)
Social science
Michigan State University
MA Master of Arts (2019)
Ecological/Community Psychology
Michigan State University
PhD Doctor of Philosophy
Ecological/Community Psychology

Completed Projects

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