Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, MSW, Ph.D.

Associate Professor

ASU School of Social Work

Dominique Roe-Sepowitz, MSW, Ph.D., is a social scientist focused on developing innovative research and methods to research emerging social issues, especially those affecting girls and women.  Her scholarship is grounded in theories and methods exploring relationship dynamics, the impact of traumatic experiences, and intervention development.  She is a nationally recognized expert on human trafficking.  In 2018, Dr. Roe-Sepowitz presented a TedX entitled Hidden in Plain Sight: Sex Trafficking Next Door. She is an Associate Professor at the Arizona State University School of Social Work and the founder and director of the ASU Office of Sex Trafficking Intervention Research.  She leads numerous initiatives working with community partners including law enforcement, social service providers, and survivor support organizations. Dr. Roe-Sepowitz is also the Clinical Director of Phoenix Starfish Place, a HUD funded supportive permanent housing program for sex trafficking women and their children. She is the Principal Investigator on a numerous state and federal grant sand is a Co-Principal Investigator on a five-year National Science FoundationGrant exploring illicit networks that facilitate human trafficking.  Dr. Roe-Sepowitz is on the editorial board of the Journal of Human Trafficking and has more than 40 peer review publications.  Dr. Roe-Sepowitz was interviewed in the 2019 PBS Frontline documentary Sex Trafficking in America.  She has written and lectured extensively on issues related to human trafficking. Dominique has been twice invited to the White House(under the Obama administration) to participate in national gatherings of policy-makers/advocacy groups/researchers on combatting human trafficking.