Research Summary

Sonia Salari, PhD is a sociologist with a specialty in gerontology, aging services, family violence, diversity and public policy. Known as an advocate for victims, her research on elder abuse and lethal domestic violence led her to study intimate partner murder-suicides across age groups. Her work is published in multiple journals, and a book, Family Violence Across the Life Course: Research, policy and prevention (2015, 2nd ed. 2021 Kendall Hunt).

Education

  • National Institute on Aging Postdoctoral Fellowship, Carolina Population Center--Demography, University of North Carolina
  • Ph.D., Sociology, State University of New York at Albany. Project: Informal and Formal Spheres of Interaction and Support by Race: An Analysis of Interdependencies and Compensations in Later Life. Ann Arbor, MI: UMI Publishing Co.

Biography

Sonia Salari, PhD is Professor in the Department of Family and Consumer Studies University of Utah and Fellow, Gerontology Society of America.  Her focus is intergenerational families, interpersonal relationships, minority aging, immigration, diversity, formal service use, health emergencies and public policy. Known as an advocate for victims, she is co-founder of the University of Utah Gender-Based Violence Consortium, works with the Utah Domestic Violence Coalition and the Utah Commission on Aging. She is Project Director of the Office of Violence Against Women’s Campus Grant to prevent sexual assault, domestic/dating violence and stalking. Her research focuses on family violence, elder abuse, and interpersonal violence, including fatalities.  Her work is published in multiple journals, a book Family Violence Across the Life Course: Research, policy and prevention (2015, 2021 2nd Ed.) and she is currently editor of Family Violence and Abuse: An encyclopedia of trends, issues, and solutions (2022).  Dr. Salari has taught over two decades at the University of Utah including courses such as Family Violence and Family Policy and Advocacy where students partner with non-profit organizations to lobby the Utah State Legislature. Her teaching has won awards, including the University Distinguished Teaching Award.