Cynthia Fraga Rizo, Ph.D., MSW, is an associate professor at the UNC-Chapel Hill School of Social Work. Dr. Rizo has practice experience providing services to survivors of intimate partner violence and their children. Dr. Rizo has worked on a number of projects in the area of interpersonal violence, including intimate partner violence, human trafficking, and sexual assault.
Her primary research focus consists of developing and evaluating interventions for particularly vulnerable survivors of interpersonal violence, including Latinx survivors and youth. Dr. Rizo is currently working to develop and evaluate school-based sex trafficking content for students as well as protocols that schools can use to connect at-risk youth and victims to needed community services.
Dr. Rizo teaches MSW courses on human development, confronting racism and institutional discrimination, and research, as well as a social work doctoral course on theory.
Dr Rizo was a recipient of the 2017 Linda Saltzman New Investigator Award.