Gia Barboza


Gia Barboza

Ph.D., Assistant Professor
School of Public Affairs

ACAD 312
1420 Austin Bluffs Parkway
Colorado Springs, CO 80918

Office Hours :
Monday & Wednesday: 12:30pm-2:30pm | & by appointment

Biographical Information

Gia Elise Barboza-Salerno is an Assistant Professor in the School of Public Affairs at the University of Colorado Colorado Springs. Dr. Barboza’s scholarship focuses on the manifestation of violence across the lifespan from childhood to old age. Her work explores the multiple contextual influences of risk, including trauma, externalizing behaviors and substance abuse, on manifestations of interpersonal violence (e.g., domestic abuse, adolescent bullying), self-harm (e.g., suicide) and neglect in vulnerable populations (children, adolescents, LGBT individuals and the elderly). Dr. Barboza is also an attorney who has worked in the courts as an advocate assisting domestic violence victims navigate the legal and criminal justice system.

Dr. Barboza’s research utilizes big data, nationally representative datasets, quasi-experimental and longitudinal research designs and methodologies, such as Growth Mixture Modeling, Parallel Process Modeling, and Bayesian Space-Time techniques. Her work has recently appeared in Applied Spatial Analysis and Policy, Child Maltreatment, The Journal of Interpersonal Violence, and The Journal of Urban Health.

Areas of Interest

  • Big Data
  • Spatial Statistics
  • Longitudinal Analysis
  • Domestic Violence & Abuse
  • Traumatic Sequelae
  • Bullying Behaviors

Curriculum Vitae