Dr. Shelly Wagers

Assistant Professor of Criminal Justice


Office: CHBS Building, Room 4506
Phone: 540-831-2541
E-Mail: swagers@radford.edu


  • M.A., Ph.D., University of South Florida
  • B.S., University of North Carolina - Greensboro

Dr. Wagers joined the Radford University faculty in 2014.


Dr. Wagers has a variety of research interests and experience that focus on helping people understand the internal motives behind their violence behaviors, and how these can either enhance or obstruct their interpersonal relationships at home and in their career. Currently, the focus of her work is the development and empirical testing of her theory,  Internal Power, and partnering with local Batterer Intervention Practitioners to evaluate the effectiveness of domestic violence policies and batterer treatment programs. Additionally, Dr. Wagers is engaged in a project evaluating the effectiveness of learning communities in criminal justice curriculums on student engagement and student learning.

Recent Professional Activities

Dr. Wagers publishes her work in several journals such as Journal of Criminal Justice Education, Police Chief and Partner Abuse. In addition, she has presented her research multiples times over the past 10 years at the American Society of Criminologists, American Criminal Justice Sciences, and the Institute on Violence Abuse and Trauma.  Dr. Wagers currently serves on the Executive Board for the National Partnership to End Interpersonal Violence Across the Lifespan (NPEIV) and Co-Chairs their Public Policy Action Team. In addition, Dr. Wagers is currently the Associate Editor for the Journal Partner Abuse and serves as a peer reviewer for multiple journals such as Journal of Interpersonal Violence and Violence Against Women.