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Faculty and Staff Profile

Natallia Sianko

Assistant Professor

Office: 2033 Barre Hall
Phone: 864-656-6746

 Educational Background

Ph.D. International Family and Community Studies
Clemson University 2012

B.A. Linguistics and Foreign Language Education
Minsk State Linguistic University 2006

 Courses Taught

Research Methods in International Family and Community Studies II (FCS 834)
Introduction into Qualitative Research in Social Sciences (FCS 892)
Family and Community Life in Transitional Societies: Russia and Eastern Europe (FCS 836)
Topics in Social Research: Graphical Data Exploration and Presentation, 5-week module (FCS 840)


Natallia Sianko is an Assistant Professor in the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies at Clemson University. Prior to joining the Department of Youth, Family and Community Studies, Dr. Sianko served as a Policy Fellow for the American Orthopsychiatric Association [now Global Alliance for Behavioral Health and Social Justice] in Washington, DC. Dr. Sianko’s primary program of research includes three broad themes: (a) promotion of social justice and human rights, with a special focus on children and youth, (b) democratization, and (c) application of evaluation research to measure achieved outcomes and identify unmet needs.

 Research Interests

social justice and human rights

 Research Publications

Sianko, N. & Small, M. (in press). The future of GIS in social sciences. Kontakt, 20, 1-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.kontakt.2017.08.001

Wyndham, J.M., Vitullo, M.W., Kraska, K., Sianko, N., Carbajales, P., Nuñez‐Eddy, C., Platts, E. (2017). Giving meaning to the right to Science: A global and multidisciplinary approach. DOI: 10.1126/srhrl.aao4380

Hedge, J., Sianko, N., & McDonell, J. R (2016). Professional help-seeking for adolescent dating violence in the Rural South: The role of social support and informal help-seeking. Violence Against Women. DOI: 10.1177/1077801216662342

Sianko, N., Hedge, J., & McDonell, J. R. (2016). Differential adjustment among rural adolescents exposed to family violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. DOI: 10.1177/0886260516645574

Sianko, N. & Small, M. A. (2016). Current trends and challenges in studies of democracy. Kontakt, 18, 1-2. DOI: 10.1016/j.kontakt.2016.01.003

Talwar, G., Sianko, N., Baugh, S., & Brodsky, A. E. (2012). Talking about immigration: Community voices on service, research, and policy needs. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 431-436.

Gust, L. & Sianko, N. (2012). Can policy reform reduce restraint and seclusion of school children? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 82, 91-96.

Sianko, N. (2011). Gender equality and women’s mental health: What’s on the agenda? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81, 167-171.

Sianko, N. (2011, July). Introducing Ortho: The American Orthopsychiatric Association. Psychology International, 22(2), 9-10.

McLeigh, J. D. & Sianko, N. (2011). What should be done to promote mental health around the world? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 81, 83-89.

Melton, G. B. & Sianko, N. (2010). How can government protect mental health amid a disaster? American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80, 536-545.

McLeigh, J. D. & Sianko, N. (2010). Where have all the children gone? The effects of the justice system on America’s children and youth. American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 80, 334-341.

 Honors and Awards

Judith Torney-Purta Outstanding Paper for New Scholars (2017)