HB Franchino-Olsen

Faculty Fellow

Health Behavior and Health Promotion

HB Franchino-Olsen

Violence against children and gender-based violence disproportionally impact vulnerable and marginalized populations. My work aims to understand the drivers and consider the interconnected nature of these violence experiences to create a safer and violence-free world for all.


359E Cunz Hall
1841 Neil Ave.
Columbus, OH 43210
Email: franchino-olsen.1@osu.edu

Dr. HB Franchino-Olsen (she/her) received her PhD in maternal and child health with an emphasis on population health. Her work focuses on issues of violence for maternal and child health and other marginalized populations. Her research primarily examines gender-based violence and violence against children using population-based methods to understand the risks, drivers and outcomes of violence in both high-income countries and low- and middle-income countries. She is particularly interested in investigating violence using the polyvictimization framework, as it recognizes that violent events are often not siloed but are interconnected and represent a cumulative burden of violence and harm carried by individuals who experience them. 

Grounded in the principles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child, HB is committed to involving and centering the voices of young children and adolescents in her work. This includes prioritizing primary research that involves children and youth in study design, seeking to understand children’s subjective conceptualizations of violence in their lives, and collecting data via inclusive methods that allow for young children’s participation and the sharing of their stories firsthand. In spotlighting the voices of children and those who have experienced and survived violence, her work aims to create a safer and more just world for children, parents and other vulnerable and/or marginalized groups.