My research focuses on stigma, discrimination and violence experienced by women and sexual and gender minorities, as well as their sources of empowerment, resilience and coping. I am interested in how multilevel sources of and reactions to adversity impact population health and well-being. I draw upon both qualitative and quantitative research methods to better understand the effects of trauma on health in a global context. My work predominantly takes place in South and South-east Asia, where I have lived and worked for over twenty years. 


Miedema, S., Haardörfer, R., Keyes, C.M., and Yount, K.M. (accepted). Does socio-structural context matter? A multilevel test of sexual minority stress and depressive symptoms in four Asia-Pacific countries. Journal of Health and Social Behavior.

Miedema, S., Haardörfer, R., & Yount, K. M. (2019). Comparable or not? Measurement invariance of the CES-D scale between sexual and non-sexual minority men in Asia-Pacific. Psychology of Men and Masculinity, 20(3): 406-417.

Miedema, S., Haardörfer, R., Girard, A.W., & Yount, K.M. (2018). Measurement invariance of women’s empowerment in East Africa. World Development, 110: 453-464. doi: 10.1037/men0000172

Yount, K., Miedema, S., Krause, K., Clark, C., Chen, J., & del Rio, C. (2018). GROW: A Model for Mentorship to Advance Women’s Leadership in Global Health. Global Health, Epidemiology and Genomics, 3: e5. doi: 10.1017/gheg.2018.5

Yount, K. M., Krause, K. H., & Miedema, S. (2017). Preventing gender-based violence in adolescents in lower-income countries: Systematic review of reviews. Social Science and Medicine, 11, 192: 1-13. 

Fulu, E., Miedema, S., Roselli, T. McCook, S., Chan, E., Haardörfer, R., and Jewkes, R. (2017). Connections between violence against children, intimate partner violence and harsh parenting: Findings from the UN Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia-Pacific. Lancet Global Health, 5: e512-522. 

Krause, K., Miedema, S., Woofter, R. and Yount, K.M. (2017). Feminist research with student activists: Enhancing extant approaches to campus sexual assault research in the United States. Family Relations, 66(1): 211-223.

Miedema, S., Yount, K. M., Chirwa, E., Dunkle, K., Fulu, E. (2017). Integrating male sexuality into violence prevention efforts with men and boys: Evidence from Asia-Pacific. Culture, Health and Sexuality 19(2): 208-224. doi: 10.1080/13691058

Miedema, S., Shwe, S. and Kyaw, A.T. (2016). Social inequalities, empowerment and women’s transitions into abusive marriages: A case study of Myanmar. Gender & Society, 30(4): 670 – 694. doi: 10.1177/0891243216642394

Yount, K., Miedema, S. Crandall, A., Martin, C. and Naved, R. (2016). Men’s coercive control, partner violence perpetration, and life satisfaction in Bangladesh. Sex Roles, 74:450-463.

Fulu, E. and Miedema, S. (2015). Violence against Women: Globalizing the Ecological Model. Violence against Women, 21(12): 1431 - 1455. DOI: 10.1177/10778012155962


Miedema, S and Fulu E. (2018) Globalization and theorizing intimate partner violence from the Global South. Chapter in The Palgrave Handbook of Criminology and the Global South, eds Kerry Carrington, Russell Hogg, John Scott and Maximo Sozzo. Palgrave MacMillian.

Miedema, V. & Miedema, S. (2014). Mussoorie and Landour: Footprints of the Past. New Delhi: Rupa Publications.

Fulu, E., Warner, X., Miedema, S., Jewkes, R., Roselli T. and Lang, J. (2013). Why do men use violence and how can we stop it? Quantitative findings from the United Nations Multi-country Study on Men and Violence in Asia and the Pacific. Bangkok: United Nations.


Stephanie Miedema & Tharaphi Than. “Myanmar debates women’s rights amid evidence of pervasive sexual and domestic violence,” The Huffington Post. (13 December 2018).

Stephanie Miedema & Tharaphi Than. “Myanmar debates women’s rights amid evidence of pervasive sexual and domestic violence,” The Conversation. (10 December 2018).

See Apolitical’s 2018 Violence against Women Reading List: 10 Essential Reports for Policy-makers and Leaders, featuring a number of my publications, produced in partnership with my coauthors and collaborators

Tea Circle, an Oxford University Forum for New Perspectives on Burma/Myanmar, featured an interview with myself and two leading Myanmar activist-scholars, to talk about the #MeToo movement in this formerly geopolitically isolated country.

Saning, Yen. “New Research a ‘Step Toward Ending Violence Against Women,’” The Irrawaddy. (23 February 2015).

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