School Violence Among Children with Disabilities – Janet Njelesani, PhD – New York University


Children with disabilities experience violence four times more frequently than their non-disabled peers. Negative consequences, such as increased risk of depressive disorders and suicide attempts, are associated with experiences of violence at school.

Dr. Janet Njelesani is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Occupational Therapy at NYU. Her research focuses on school violence against children with disabilities in East Africa. Dr. Njelesani’s other research interests include how the fields of occupational therapy, global health, and international development intersect to mediate participation for persons with disabilities. Her research has recently been awarded grants from UNICEF. Learn more about Dr. Njelesani here.