Wagers, Shelly

Wagers, Shelly

M.A., University of South Florida
Ph.D., University of South Florida

Dr. Shelly Wagers studies how to prevent violence. Her research focus is on helping people understand the internal motives behind their violent behaviors within intimate relationships. She has led workshops and seminars in the development of healthy interpersonal relationships for more than two decades. Wagers is currently developing and testing a new theoretical model and construct called Internal Power®, which attributes violence to internal rather than external mechanisms.

Wagers collaborates with the St. Pete domestic violence center CASA, performing research and giving her students an opportunity for civic engagement. Prior to joining USFSP, she worked as a sexual and domestic violence prevention trainer and served as a sworn law enforcement officer. She has served as a consultant to the Virginia Batterer Intervention Certification Board regarding evidence-based practices and national trends for better intervention programs, and currently serves on the Executive Board for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan.

Wagers teaches courses in understanding violence, victimology and law enforcement. She has been invited to give keynote speeches and workshops on her research at conferences, including the Intimate Partner Violence Conference and the Florida Attorney General’s International Crime Prevention Conference. Her research on domestic violence has been published in The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, Violence and Victims and Partner Abuse.