Skip Navigation

Andrea Cimino, PhD, MSW

Research Associate
Andrea Cimino
View Full CV


Andrea Nichole Cimino’s research focuses on marginalized and oppressed populations in the United States, including victims of intimate partner violence, low-income African-American women, and women and girls involved in the criminal justice system (prostitutes/trafficked victims, former felons). Dr. Cimino is best known for her research on the street prostitution exiting process where her major contribution to the field includes a clinical assessment that measures readiness to exit prostitution for adult women. At the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, Dr. Cimino is co-investigator and program director of The ESSENCE Project, a mixed-methods study examining the impact of environmental and physiological factors on forced sex and HIV risk among African-American women living in Baltimore, MD (R01-HD077891).

Areas of Scholarly Expertise and Interest

Intimate partner violence; sexual violence; sex trafficking; prostitution; stress response and cortisol; psychometrics

Additional Resources

Below are selected resources. For more information, please see full CV.

  • Publications/Research

    Cimino, A. N., Madden, E., *Hohn, K., Cronley, C., Kennedy, M. A., Davis, J. & *Magruder, K. (2017)—"Childhood maltreatment and child protective services involvement among the commercially sexually exploited: A comparison of women who enter as juveniles or as adults." Journal of Child Sexual Abuse, 26(3), 352-371, doi: 10.1080/10538712.2017.1282575

    Cronley, C., Cimino, A. N., *Hohn, K., Davis, J. & Madden, E. (2016)—"Entering sex work in adolescence: Youth homelessness predicts earlier entry into prostitution." Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment and Trauma, 25(9), 893-908, doi: 10.1080/10926771.2016.1223246

    Thaller, J., & Cimino, A. N. (2016)—"The girl is mine: Reframing intimate partner violence and sex work as intersectional spaces of gender-based violence." Violence Against Women. (e-pub ahead of print) doi: 10.1177/1077801216638766

    Segal, E. A., Cimino, A. N., Wagaman, M. A., Harmon, J., & Gerdes, K. E. (2013)—"A confirmatory factor analysis of the Interpersonal and Social Empathy Index." Journal of the Society for Social Work and Research, 4(3), 131-153. doi: 10.5243/jsswr.2013.9

    Cimino, A. N. (2012)—"A predictive theory of intentions to exit street-level prostitution." Violence Against Women, 10(8), 1235-1252. doi: 10.1177/1077801212465153