gender-based violence; creative writing interventions; prevention education; trauma-focused therapies; intervention research; clinical practice; implementation science; women’s issues; LGBTQIA+ populations
Molly M. McLay hails most recently from Champaign, Illinois, having received a BA in English Writing and Women’s and Gender Studies from Illinois Wesleyan University (2006) and an MSW from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (2011). An affiliate of the Center for Violence and Injury Prevention at the Brown School, Molly’s research focuses on the development, implementation, and evaluation of interventions for gender-based violence, both prevention and treatment-focused. As a licensed clinical social worker, Molly has worked in both areas, empowering survivors in their healing processes and empowering communities to shift their thinking around these issues to promote consent and healthy relationships. From 2013-2019, she served as Assistant Director of the University of Illinois Women’s Resources Center, where she co-created three new peer-led gender-based violence prevention programs, revamped the first-year program reaching 9000+ students annually to become more inclusive to LGBTQIA+ students, taught courses, and served as a Title IX confidential advisor. Molly also works as a part-time telehealth therapist alongside her work as a PhD student. A longtime poet and musician, Molly also plans to develop evidence-supported creative writing interventions to aid in both prevention and therapeutic response efforts, centering on the change process that happens in writing and how that can translate to individual and systemic belief changes.
Recent and Forthcoming Publications
McLay, M. M. (2021). When “shelter-in-place” isn’t shelter that’s safe: A rapid analysis of domestic violence case differences during the COVID-19 pandemic and stay-at-home orders. Journal of Family Violence. https://doi.org/10.1007/s10896-020-00225-6
Edmond, T., & McLay, M. M. (In press). Eye movement desensitization and reprocessing. In Social Workers’ Desk Reference. Oxford University Press.
Recent and Upcoming Presentations
McLay, M. M., Foell, A., & Auslander, W. (2021). Preventing gender-based violence in adolescents: A systematic review of the literature. Oral presentation accepted for the 2021 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (virtual due to COVID-19).
Edmond, T. E., Cheng, S.-Y., McLay, M. M., & Voth Schrag, R. (2021). Exploring the nexus of empowerment practice and cognitive processing therapy in rape crisis centers. Oral presentation accepted for the 2021 Society for Social Work and Research Annual Conference, San Francisco, CA (virtual due to COVID-19).