School of Social and Political Science

Dr Hannabeth Franchino-Olsen

Job Title

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Research interests

Research interests

Gender-based violence; Violence against children, adolescents, and young adults; Minor sex trafficking or minor sex exchange; Poly-victimization; Maternal health; Child health; Family health; Health education


Hannabeth is a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the University of Edinburgh. She is currently working with Dr. Franziska Meinck on the study “Interrupting the intergenerational transmission of violence: a mixed-methods longitudinal study” in South Africa. This study focuses on issues of gender-based violence, child abuse, and intergeneration violence transmission across three family generations.

Prior to joining the project in Edinburgh, Hannabeth completed her PhD in the department of Maternal and Child Health at Gillings School of Global Public Health at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill (UNC). Her doctoral research and dissertation focused on minor sex trafficking in the United States. While at UNC, she was a pre-doctoral fellow at the Carolina Population Center (2017–2021). Her collaborative work at UNC included researching the risk factors and interpersonal violence correlates linked to minor sex trafficking; the development of a secondary educational curriculum focused on minor sex trafficking awareness and prevention; gender-based violence in the United States and Botswana; and concussion research among adolescent football players. She also holds an MPH in Maternal and Child Health (UNC, 2017), an MS in Physiology and Developmental Biology (2011), and a BS in Biology (2010).

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Steele B, Neelakantan L, Jochim J, Davies L, Boyes M, Franchino-Olsen H et al. Measuring violence against children: A COSMIN systematic review of the psychometric properties of adult retrospective self-report measures. Trauma, Violence and Abuse. 2022 Nov 29.
Franchino-Olsen H, Silverstein HA, Kahn NF, Martin SL. Physical disabilities and low cognitive ability increase odds of minor sex exchange among adolescent males in the United States. Journal of Child Sexual Abuse. 2022 Nov 15.
Meinck F (Author), Franchino-Olsen H (Author), Steele B (Author), Do PH (Author), Mathews B (Author), Neelakantan L (Author). Measuring Violence Against Children: From Concept to Action Sexual Violence Research Initiative. 2022.
Franchino-Olsen H, Martin S. The associations between gang membership and Domestic Minor Sex Trafficking (DMST): Findings from a nationally representative study. Violence and Victims. 2022 Aug 1;37(4):479-496.
Franchino-Olsen H, Martin SL, Halpern CT, Preisser JS, Zimmer C, Shanahan M. Associations among violence victimization and/or exploitation of minors and later young adulthood violence. Journal of Family Violence. 2022 Jan 19.
Franchino-Olsen H, Jenkins M, Rizo CF, Croft C, Colbert R, Martin SL. Online violence education in the era of COVID-19. School Social Work Journal. 2021 Sep 1;46(1):29-50.
Klein LB, Chesworth BR, Rizo CF, Franchino-Olsen H, Croft C, Macy RJ et al. Commercial sexual exploitation of children: Indicators and recommended inquiries and responses for social workers. Social work. 2021 Jul 21;66(3):265-268.
Lesak AM, Rizo CF, Franchino-Olsen H, Jenkins MR, Winslow H, Klein LB et al. Recommendations for educating youth about sex trafficking. Journal of Human Trafficking. 2021 Jul 14.
Franchino-Olsen H, Martin SL, Halpern CT, Preisser JS, Zimmer C, Shanahan M. Adolescent experiences of violence victimizations among minors who exchange sex/experience minor sex trafficking. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. 2021 Jun 30.
Rizo CF, Chesworth BR, Franchino-Olsen H, Klein L, Villodas ML, Martin SL et al. The state of programs for educating youth about sex trafficking in the United States: A nationwide scoping scan survey. Journal of Human Trafficking. 2021 Jun 25.
Rizo CF, Klein LB, Chesworth BR, Franchino-Olsen H, Villodas ML, Macy RJ et al. Educating students about sex trafficking and responding to students’ needs: Principals’ perceptions and practices. Journal of Human Trafficking. 2021 Apr 3;7(2):202-223.
Franchino-Olsen H. Frameworks and theories relevant for organizing commercial sexual exploitation of children/domestic minor sex trafficking risk factors: A systematic review of proposed frameworks to conceptualize vulnerabilities. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. 2021 Apr 1;22(2):306-317.
Kim J, Chesworth B, Franchino-Olsen H, Macy RJ. A scoping review of vicarious trauma interventions for service providers working with people who have experienced traumatic events. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. 2021 Mar 9.
Franchino-Olsen H. Vulnerabilities relevant for commercial sexual exploitation of children/domestic minor sex trafficking: A systematic review of risk factors. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. 2021 Jan 1;22(1):99-111.
Chesworth BR, Rizo CF, Franchino-Olsen H, Klein LB, Macy RJ, Martin SL. Protocol schools can use to report commercial sexual exploitation of children to child protective services. School Social Work Journal. 2020 Nov 1;45(1):40-57.
Franchino-Olsen H, Chesworth BR, Boyle C, Rizo CF, Martin SL, Jordan B et al. The prevalence of sex trafficking of children and adolescents in the United States: A scoping review. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse. 2020 Jun 26.
Franchino-Olsen H, Silverstein HA, Kahn NF, Martin SL. Minor sex trafficking of girls with disabilities. International Journal of Human Rights in Healthcare. 2020 Apr 30;13(2):97-108.
Simonson B, Subramanya V, Chan MC, Zhang A, Franchino H, Ottaviano F et al. DDiT4L promotes autophagy and inhibits pathological cardiac hypertrophy in response to stress. Science Signaling. 2017 Feb 28;10(468). eaaf5967.
Margolis LH, Franchino H. Whatever happened to first do no harm? Pediatrics. 2016 May 12;137(4). e20160047A.
Vaughn AR, Bell TA, Gibbons E, Askew C, Franchino H, Hirsche K et al. Relationships between membrane water molecules and Patman equilibration kinetics at temperatures far above the phosphatidylcholine melting point. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes. 2015 Apr;1848(4):942-950.
Graham EL, Balla C, Franchino H, Melman Y, del Monte F, Das S. Isolation, culture, and functional characterization of adult mouse cardiomyoctyes. Journal of Visualized Experiments. 2013 Sep 24;(79). e50289.
Franchino H, Stevens E, Nelson J, Bell TA, Bell JD. Wavelength dependence of patman equilibration dynamics in phosphatidylcholine bilayers. Biochimica et Biophysica Acta - Biomembranes. 2013 Feb;1828(2):877-886.
Franchino HA, Johnson BC, Neeley SK, Tajhya RB, Vu MP, Wilson-Ashworth HA et al. Combined use of steady-state fluorescence emission and anisotropy of merocyanine 540 to distinguish crystalline, gel, ripple, and liquid crystalline phases in dipalmitoylphosphatidylcholine bilayers. PMC Biophysics. 2010 Nov 5;3(1):1-16. 14.