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Assistant Professor
661 Patterson Office Tower

Areas of Expertise

  • Intimate partner violence and the employment stability of survivors of abuse
  • Abusive workplace disruptions and strategic economic sabotage by romantic partners
  • Family financial well-being and employer support of intimate partner violence survivors.


  • Showalter, K. & Dillard, R. (2021). The IPV-WDA: Developing an abusive partner-initiated workplace disruptions assessment using item response theory. Journal of Family Violence.
  • Showalter, K., Yoon, S., Logan, T.K. (2021). The Employment Trajectories of Survivors of Intimate Partner Violence. Work, Employment, and Society.
  • Showalter, K. & McCloskey, R. (2020). A Qualitative Study of Intimate Partner Violence and Employment Instability. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Current Projects

  • Survey of abusive workplace disruptions among nursing professionals and helpful responses from coworkers
  • Analysis of public policy for intimate partner violence protections and formal support from workplaces
  • Implementation of evidence-based supportive responses to nursing professionals experiencing partner abuse.

Alma Mater

  • University of Kansas – Bachelor of Social Welfare, Master of Social Welfare
  • The Ohio State University – PhD in Social Work

Get to Know Dr. Showalter

As a native of Kansas, Dr. Showalter is a loyal fan of the Kansas Jayhawks. She enjoys long walks with her pandemic puppy and exploring Kentucky’s natural wonders. Dr. Showalter stays active in community advocacy volunteering with women’s health organizations.