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Andrea Cimino, PhD, MSW

Research Associate
Andrea Cimino
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Specialties and Expertise

  • Community
  • Community / Public Health
  • Health Behavior
  • PTSD
  • Sexual Health
  • Statistics/Qualitative Research
  • Trauma
  • Violence
  • Women's Health


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).

Additional Resources

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  • 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