Current Courses

Fall 2018

  • FCS 2400-001
    Modern Family
    Location: AEB 320 (Alfred Emery Bldg)
  • HONOR 3700-002
    Family Violence Across Life

Summer 2018

Spring 2018

Entrepreneurial Experience

  • Dr. Sonia Salari, LLC. 02/15/2017 - present. Employees: 1.
    Comments: Consultant for paid speaking engagements, expert witness testimony regarding intimate partner violence, elder abuse and mistreatment, and teen/child abuse.
  • Dr. Sonia Salari, consultant. 09/2009 - 10/2010. Employees: 1.
    Comments: Consultant working on ethnography project with the U.S. Census Bureau to study enumeration in group quarters: skilled nursing and hospice facilities

Professional Organizations

  • Utah Domestic Violence Coalition. 10/06/2016 - present. Position : Member.
  • International Federation on Ageing. 06/2016 - present. Position : Member.
  • Consortium of Families and Health Research. 01/2014 - present. Position : Member.
  • Center on Aging, University of Utah. 01/2008 - present. Position : Member.
  • Gerontological Society of America. 09/1988 - present. Position : Member.

Teaching Philosophy

            My teaching philosophy employs Malcolm Knowles’ theory of andragogy by using strategies specifically for teaching adults.  This perspective treats students as adults, meaning I give them adult responsibilities, decision making powers and opportunities for self direction.  Course policies encourage regular attendance for discussions, and provide mechanisms to assist students function at their top potential (i.e., utilization of in-depth review sheets).  Adult learners appreciate instruction that is directly relevant to their lives, so I encourage them to draw on their life experiences and share relevant aspects with the class during discussions and class exercises.  Despite some difficult topics of study (politics, human aging, divorce, discrimination, immigration, elder mistreatment, child abuse and intimate partner violence), the students learn from each other in a comfortable environment we’ve created together.  Students seem to appreciate the ability to make critical contributions to this process.

Courses I Teach

  • FCS5370 - Family Violence
    Course examines theory, research methods, policy, law enforcement and service provision for families in harmful situations. Topics include international family violence, trafficking, PTSD, policing, psychological/emotional abuse, physical injury,sexual assault, lethality assessments, diverse populations --LGBT, military, police families, elderly, children, intimate partner violence, and polygamous groups. Course meets CW requirement with a topic paper(10%), research project (30%, presentation or paper). Two exams comprise 50% of student grade and class participation the remaining 10%.
  • FCS3430 - Family Policy and Advocacy
    Students may opt into FCS3904 service learning credit to work with non-profit organizations who lobby the Utah State Legislature. Course introduces students to basics of government, legislative process, theories, international and interstate differences in government actions (and in-actions) that influence families. Topics include state demographics, inequality, poverty, welfare, intergenerational transfers (Social Security, SSI), health care, reproduction (China One Child Policy), infertility (surrogacy,IVF, cloning),adoption, work & family, education, juvenile delinquency, family violence, marriage/divorce, death, diverse groups and policy evaluation). There are three exams (15,20 & 25%), a research paper or presentation (25%), and class participation (10%). Students who opt for service learning present their experiences to the class.
  • FCS 5240 - Mid/Later Life Development & Family
    Adult human development, demographic forces and family interactions for those in mid and later life. Covers baby boom aging, health, adult children, grandparenthood, aging services, chronic illness, policy, death and dying.
  • FCS 6901 - Graduate Thesis Development I
    Introduction to Human Development and Social Policy HDSP master's level thesis construction, IRB submissions, graduate school requirements and faculty research introductions. Focus on proposal development and presentation.
  • FCS 6902 - Graduate Thesis Development II
    Focus on master's thesis abstract, title, research methods, analysis and results and discussion. Students are socialized into the world of academic journal publishing. Provides students with more faculty research introductions and opportunities.

Work with Graduate Students

Dr. Salari has mentored 31 graduate students who have obtained their degree at the University of Utah. Her committee membership includes PhD and Master's degrees from family and consumer studies, sociology, gerontology, social work and physics. Currently, she is serving on two additional master's committees, as chair of one (HDSP) and a member of another (Gerontology).  Sonia has 8 journal publications with former graduate students, and several others in progress.  She has also presented with graduate students at conferences, such as Gerontology Society of America GSA, International Violence and Trauma IVAT,  and the Fall into Caring Conference.  She has served as the Graduate Director of the Human Development and Social Policy HDSP Master's program for the past 3 years.