Bryan Victor, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

Area of responsibility: IUPUI

ES 4149
902 West New York Street
Indianapolis, Indiana 46202
Office: (317) 278-3418

Curriculum Vitae


2017PhDSocial WorkWayne State UniversityDetroit, MI
2012MSWSocial WorkUniversity of MichiganAnn Arbor, MI
2007BASocial Relations & Social PolicyMichigan State UniversityEast Lansing, MI

Area of Interest:

Bryan G. Victor, MSW, Ph.D., is an Associate Professor at the Indiana University School of Social Work. Dr. Victor’s research examines social work responses to interpersonal violence and harm across the life course, with a particular focus on child maltreatment, domestic violence and parental substance misuse.  He also specializes in the use of data science methods and administrative records research to better understand system dynamics and drive data-informed decision-making.

His current project Strengthening Indiana Families (SIF) -- co-led with Dr. E. Susana Mariscal -- focuses on the implementation and evaluation of a continuum of community-based services and supports to prevent formal entry of children into the foster care system.  This project is being carried out in collaboration with a number of community partners including the Indiana Department of Child Services, Indiana State Department of Health, Commission on Improving the Status of Children in Indiana, Children's Bureau, Inc., Prevent Child Abuse Indiana, Indiana Family and Social Services Administration, local municipalities, and families and youth with lived experience in the child welfare system.  The project is funded by a five-year, $2.74 million award from the Children's Bureau in the U.S. Administration for Children & Families. 

Google Scholar Profile

Teaching Interest:

Introduction to Social Work, Social Welfare Policy, Domestic Violence, Child Maltreatment, Anti-Oppressive Social Work Practice

Practice Experience:

Dr. Victor practiced both clinical and macro social work for a number of years in the areas of domestic violence, LGBTQ health, and HIV policy.

Publications / Presentations:

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Victor, B.G., Perron, B.E., Sokol, R.L., Fedina, L., & Ryan, J.P. (in press). Automated identification of domestic violence in written child welfare records: Leveraging text mining and machine learning to enhance social work research and evaluation. Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research.

Perron, B.E., Victor, B.G., Bushman, G., Moore, A., Ryan, J.P., Lu, A.J., & Piellusch, E.K. (2019). Detecting substance-related problems in narrative investigation summaries of child abuse and neglect using text mining and machine learning. Child Abuse & Neglect, 98, 1-13.

Victor, B.G., Henry, C., Gilbert, T.T., Ryan, J.P., & Perron, B.E. (2019). Child protective service referrals involving exposure to domestic violence: Prevalence, associated maltreatment types, and likelihood of formal case openings. Child Maltreatment, 24, 299-309.

Victor, B.G., Resko, S.M., Ryan, J.P., & Perron, B.E. (2018). Identification of domestic violence service needs among child welfare-involved parents with substance use disorders: A gender-stratified analysis. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. doi: 10.1177/0886260518768569

Kernsmith, P.D., Victor, B.G., & Smith-Darden, J.P. (2018). Online, offline and over the line: Coercive sexting among adolescent dating partners. Youth & Society, 50, 891-904.

Victor, B.G., Grogan-Kaylor, A., Ryan, J.P., Perron, B.E. & Gilbert, T.T. (2018). Domestic violence, parental substance misuse and the decision to substantiate child maltreatment. Child Abuse & Neglect, 79, 31-41.

Smith-Darden, J.P., Kernsmith, P.D., Victor, B.G., & Lathrop, R.A. (2017). Electronic displays of aggression in teen dating relationships: Does the social ecology matter? Computers in Human Behavior, 67, 33-40.

Perron, B.E., Victor, B.G., Hodge, D.R., Salas-Wright, C.P., Vaughn, M.G. & Taylor, R.J. (2017). Laying the foundations for scientometric research: A data science approach. Research on Social Work Practice, 27, 802-812.

Victor, B.G., Ryan, J.P., Moore, A., Mowbray, O., Evangelist, M. & Perron, B.E. (2016). Foster care licensing and the risk of reentry to out of home care following family reunification. Children and Youth Services Review, 70, 112-119.