Olubunmi Basirat Oyewuwo, PhD, LMSW
Assistant Professor
Social Work
College of Arts and Sciences
Domestic violence/intimate partner violence
Courses Taught
SWK 304: Social Work Practice
SWK 309: Introduction to Social Work Research
SWK 310: Research Seminar I
SWK 311: Research Seminar II
SWK 473: Special Topics in Advocacy
Research Interests
Health and well-being of women and Black, Muslim and immigrant communities; intimate partner violence/domestic violence; mental health; coping; help-seeking; intersectionality of race, gender, religion; religion and spirituality

PhD, University of Illinois at Chicago
MSSW, The University of Texas at Austin
BSW, The University of Texas at Austin

Selected Publications

Oyewuwo, O. B. (2020). Black Muslim women’s use of spirituality and religion as domestic violence coping strategies. Journal of Muslim Mental Health. 14(1). https://doi.org/10.3998/jmmh.10381607.0014.101

Oyewuwo-Gassikia, O. B. (2020). Black Muslim women’s domestic violence help-seeking strategies: Types, motivations, and outcomes. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 29(7), 856-875. https://doi.org/10.1080/10926771.2019.1653411

Walton, Q. L., & Oyewuwo-Gassikia, O. B. (2017). The case for #BlackGirlMagic: Application of a strengths-based, intersectional practice framework for working with Black women with depression. Affilia, 32(4), 461-475. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886109917712213

Oyewuwo-Gassikia, O. B. (2016). American Muslim women and domestic violence service seeking: A Literature Review. Affilia, 31(4), 450-462. https://doi.org/10.1177/0886109916654731

Selected Exhibitions

2022     Oyewuwo, O. B. & Walton, Q.L. Intersectionality as Activism and Self-care When Working with Underserved Survivors. Workshop accepted presented at 2022 National Sexual Assault Conference. Virtual, August 17-19.

2022     Chaudhry, T., Mokhtar, H., Oyewuwo, O. B. Navigating the nuance: How survivors who practice religion seek help for relationship violence. Critical conversation presented at American Psychological Association Convention. Minneapolis, MN, August 4-7.

2021    Oyewuwo, O. B. An Intersectional Examination of Black Muslim Women’s Pathways to Leaving Abusive Relationships. Paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting. Orlando, FL, November 4-7.

2018    Oyewuwo-Gassikia, O. B. Politics of Muslimah Goodness: Negotiating and Defining Self in Light of Domestic Violence. Paper presented at the 4th Annual Black Muslim Psychology Conference.  Philadelphia, PA, July 20-22.

2018    Oyewuwo-Gassikia, O. B. Black Muslim Women’s Experiences and Responses to Domestic Violence. Poster presented at the 10th Annual Muslim Mental Health Conference. Washington, D.C., May 15-17.

2017    Oyewuwo-Gassikia, O. B. Black Muslim Women’s Domestic Violence Help-Seeking Strategies. Paper presented at the American Public Health Association Annual Meeting & Expo. Atlanta, GA, November 4-8.

2017    Oyewuwo-Gassikia, O. B. Being the Good Muslim Woman: How the Intersection of Race, Gender, and Faith Shape Black Muslim Women’s Experiences of Domestic Violence. Paper presented at the 3rd Annual Black Muslim Psychology Conference.  Philadelphia, PA, July 21-22.


Olubunmi Basirat Oyewuwo, PhD, LMSW is an Assistant Professor of Social Work at Northeastern Illinois University. Her research agenda focuses on improving the health and well-being outcomes of women, as well as Black, Muslim, and immigrant communities. She has led projects examining the intimate partner violence (IPV) experiences of American Muslims, including a qualitative study examining how the intersectionality of race, gender, and religion shape Black Muslim women’s IPV coping processes using an ethnically diverse sample. She is currently the PI of a national survey that examines American Muslims’ experiences and perceptions of IPV. This research is being conducted in collaboration with Peaceful Families Project (PFP), a national organization that provides education and training on domestic violence to the American Muslim community.

Prior to pursuing her PhD, her practice experience included working in a domestic violence shelter as a legal advocate and in a battering intervention and prevention program as a group facilitator. Dr. Oyewuwo has taught across social work programs, curriculum areas, and modalities. She currently serves as the curriculum specialist for the NEIU BSW research sequence.

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