Roxanne Swogger, Ph.D., is a 2016 graduate of the PhD Program in Leadership and Change at Antioch University

Dr. Swogger [center] at her Dissertation Defense with Committee Chair, Dr. Elizabeth Holloway [left] and Committee Member, Dr. Laura Morgan-Roberts [right].

Dissertation Committee

  • Elizabeth Holloway, Ph.D., Committee Chair
  • Laura Morgan-Roberts, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • David Lawson, Ph.D., Committee Member
  • Shana Hormann, Ph.D., External Reader


intimate partner violence, incarcerated men, grounded theory, dimensional analysis, batterer intervention, offender reentry, leadership, domestic violence, offenders

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This study explored the lived experiences of 15 incarcerated men with a history of intimate partner violence.This qualitative grounded theory study revealed the impact significant loss in childhood, the most critical being the loss of a parent, had on these men.The results showed a significant loss set in motion a series of adaptive and maladaptive interpersonal behaviors with significant others, primarily parents and intimate partners that continued through adulthood and incarceration.The grounded theory dimensional analysis revealed five primary dimensions that described the dominant social processes described by the participants.These processes were:seeking, overcoming, blaming, controlling, and disengaging behaviors.The consequences of these interpersonal behaviors led only to disappointment, disillusionment, addiction, promiscuity, rage, violence and ultimately serving a sentence in a correctional institution.The current study broadens the scope for exploring intimate partner violence in illuminating that intimate partner violence is perpetrated through a variety of crimes.Having an understanding of how incarcerated men with a history of intimate partner violence exhibit cyclical behaviors that escalate in violence has implications for departments of correction in their efforts to break a pattern of recidivism and address successful reentry of male intimate partner offenders into society.The electronic version of this dissertation is at AURA:Antioch University Repository and Archive, and OhioLINK ETD Center,


Roxanne Swogger, Ph.D.

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Dr. Roxanne Swogger currently serves as the Warden’s Assistant within the Ohio Department of Rehabilitation and Correction at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.She provides oversight of the Training, Health & Safety, Information Technology, and Records Departments within the correctional institution.As the Warden’s Assistant, she assists in examining and assessing gender-sensitive reentry initiatives for female offenders that consists of employee, volunteer, and faith-based programming.Roxanne also serves as a Stephen’s Ministry Leader at the Ohio Reformatory for Women.She earned her doctoral degree in Leadership & Change from Antioch University, Master’s degree in Criminal Justice Administration from Youngstown State University, and Bachelor’s degree from Youngstown State University.