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Molly Driessen, Ph.D.

Assistant Professor of Social Work Joined USJ:
Academic Degrees Ph.D., University of Minnesota
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Dr. Molly Driessen, Assistant Professor, joins the School of Interdisciplinary Health and Science in the Department of Social Work and Equitable Community Practice. Dr. Driessen received her Ph.D. in Social Work from the University of Minnesota. Before joining USJ, she was an Adjunct Faculty Member in the Departments of Social Work at St. Catherine University and the University of St. Thomas in St. Paul, MN. Her research explores issues pertaining to sexual violence on college campuses, resilience and resistance, victim-survivor narratives, gender-based violence, and trauma, specifically through qualitative methodologies.    

As a clinical social worker, Dr. Driessen’s professional background includes expertise in micro and macro work with child welfare, mental health, schools, youth work, family violence, domestic and sexual violence, and trauma, broadly. With a decade of practice experience, she has worked across various roles in Providence, RI, Washington, DC., as well as the Twin Cities metro area in M.N. In 2020, Dr. Driessen was awarded the University of Minnesota’s prestigious Doctoral Dissertation Fellowship to devote full-time effort during the 2020-2021 academic year to her dissertation research project, “Student Stories of Resilience After Campus Sexual Assault.” Using a qualitative phenomenological approach, the research explored the phenomenon of resilience and resistance among undergraduate students who have experienced campus sexual assault, using socio-ecological and intersectional feminist theoretical perspectives.