M.S., International Family Studies, University of Nebraska – Lincoln

Kaitlin Roselius is a global child abuse and neglect prevention researcher. Her research interests focus on child maltreatment, best practices for family-centered and universal prevention, and increasing community capacity through asset-building and strengthening resilience within families. She currently works on a Nebraska-based and federally funded universal child maltreatment prevention initiative – the Community Café Approach – which seeks to empower parents and community members through genuine and intentional conversations. Kaitlin has direct experience with grant management and coordination, asset-based community development (ABCD), and parent/guardian engagement programming. She actively works to support authentic parent and community ownership using strengths-based approaches that value the wisdom, culture, and unique experiences within each family.

Kaitlin is primarily a qualitative researcher, recognizing the power in sharing individual stories to highlight impact and experiences. She works actively to continue developing her skills and abilities through volunteering in several research labs that focus on empirical investigations of marginalized and vulnerable populations.

Why CYAF at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

“My heart has always been on serving children and their families. While attending UNL as an undergraduate student, I had my eyes trained on attending law school; I thought a law degree was the best round to tackle my professional aspirations. However, after having the privilege of traveling abroad to northern India on a service-learning trip aimed at understanding the global issue of human trafficking, my path changed. Having the ability to mix research, policy, and innovative programs to address family and community needs with the ability to customize my own program to best align with my areas of passion was hard to pass up. The opportunities I have been awarded by continuing my graduate education at UNL and in the CYAF department have allowed me to explore new areas of research, travel abroad, take interdisciplinary, and develop strong relationships, all of which have shaped my research and professional goals.”

Labs Participated In

Human Trafficking and Vulnerable Populations Research Lab

Forced Migration and Health Research Lab


  • NCFR Student/New Professional Issues in Aging Award - 2020
  • Ramona Deitemeyer Memorial Fellowship - 219-2020

  • Kappa Omicron Nu-Zeta Alumni Fellowship - 2018-2019

Highlighted Publications & Presentations

  1. Dalla, R. L., Roselius, K., Erwin, S., Peter, J., Jhaveri Panchal, T., Ranjan, R., Mischra, M., & Sahu, S. (2020, Under Review). Family sex trafficking among the Bedia of India: Defying the dominant human trafficking discourse.

  2. Tippens, J. A., Padasas, I., Roselius, K., Khalif, G., Ashimwe, J. C., Kohel, K., Chaidez, V. & Palmer-Wackerly, A. L. (2020, Under Review). Searching for ‘community’ in community-engaged research: Reflections on establishing CBPR partnerships with two refugee groups.

  3. Dalla, R. L., Jhaveri Panchal, T., Erwin, S., Peter, J., Roselius, K., Ranjan, R., Mischra, M., & Sahu, S. (2020). Structural vulnerabilities, personal agency, and caste: An exploration of child sex trafficking in Rural India. Violence and Victims, 35(3), 307-331. http://dx.doi.org/10.1891/VV-D-19-00048 + Runner-up 2020 Paper of the Year Award National Council on Family Relations (NCFR), Families and Health section

  4. Roselius, K., Tippens, J. A., Kohel, K., & Padasas, I. (Summer 2020). More than an afterthought: Importance of family in U.S. refugee resettlement. NCFR Family Focus.