Dr. Dalla’s research focuses on familial dynamics, intergenerational family processes, and support systems of women trafficked into the commercial sex industry (CSI). Her work is centered in both the United States and India. In an attempt to identify more effective methods for recruiting survivors, Dr. Dalla is exploring the use of Community Health Workers (CHWs) as data collectors— which may be an especially useful strategy in rural states like Nebraska. In India, Dr. Dalla’s research has focused on both urban (brothel-based) and rural (source community) sex trafficking survivors. Currently, she is examining cultural and familial processes associated with intergenerational sex trafficking among a unique Indian caste. Dr. Dalla partners with multiple Indian-based NGOs in her global endeavors. In addition to her active research, Dr. Dalla is the Editor-in-Chief of Journal of Human Trafficking (published by Taylor & Francis; click here) and co-editor of the soon-to-be-released International Handbook of Human Trafficking: A Multi-disciplinary and Applied Approach. Dr. Dalla has been the recipient of multiple research and teaching awards, including theDistinguished Research and Creative Career Award (2018), the Distinguished Teaching Award (2017), the Swanson Award for Teaching Excellence (2007), and the Charman Outstanding Professor Award (2004).
Learn more about Dr. Dalla on her Faculty Profile Page.
Dr. Dalla currently supervises student research in the following program areas:
- Global Family Health and Wellbeing
- Family & Community Services
- Human & Family Services Administration
- Youth Development
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