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Anna M. Cody

Ph.D. candidate


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M.S., Hunter College, City University of New York
B.A., Virginia Commonwealth University

Anna Cody is a doctoral candidate at the Virginia Commonwealth University School of Social Work. Drawing on her experiences as an educator and a research assistant, Cody uses applied research tools to advance social justice for children and youth, and, more specifically, to critical use of space, place, voice, and power. She is particularly interested in using these tools to advance children’s rights in social systems that serve children and youth and for examining the impacts of policy change within those systems on children, families and social workers.

Cody has collaborated on research projects about human trafficking, intimate partner violence and childhood victimization. In addition to her doctoral work, she served as the data and policy specialist for a Virginia statewide demonstration project to enhance responses to children and youth who experienced victimization and to improve collaboration among systems that work with children. Cody is currently completing her dissertation, which focuses on strengthening children’s participation in care and safety planning within child welfare systems. She looks forward to continuing research that supports the development of spaces that center youth voice and action in social decision-making processes and systems.

Cody goes by she/her/hers.

Find out more about Anna’s dissertation study here.



Cuba, M. J., Massaro, V. R., Waters, C., Watson, S., Cody, A. M., & Stemhagen, (2018). Beyond the label: Using a multilevel model of intersectionality to explore the educational experiences of Latino English learners. Journal of Latinos and Education. Advance Online Publication.  

McDonald, S. E., Cody, A. M., Booth L. J., Peers, J.R., Luce, C., Ascione, F.R., & Williams, J. H. (2018). Animal cruelty among children in violent households: Children's explanations of their behavior. Journal of Family Violence, 33(7), 469-480.

Collins, E. A., Cody, A. M., McDonald, S. E., Nicotera, N., Ascione, F. R., & Williams, J. H. (2017). A template analysis of intimate partner violence survivors’ experiences of animal maltreatment: Implications for safety planning and intervention. Violence Against Women. 24(4):452-476.

McDonald, S. E., Cody, A., Collins, E., Stim, H., Nicotera, N., Ascione, F. R., & Williams, J.H. (2017). Concomitant exposure to animal abuse and socioemotional adjustment among children exposed to intimate partner violence: A mixed methods study. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma. Advance 11, 353–365.

McDonald, S. E., Collins, E. A., Maternick, A., Nicotera, N., Graham-Bermann, S., Ascione, F. R., & Williams, J. H. (2017). Intimate partner violence survivors’ reports of their children’s exposure to companion animal maltreatment: A qualitative study. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 34(13):2627-2652Advance Online Publication.

Maternick, A. & Ditmore, M. (2015). Sex, violence and the border: Trafficking for sex work from Mexico to the United States. In Molly Dragiewicz (Ed.), Global human trafficking: Critical issues and contexts pp. 43-56, New York, NY: Routledge.