Vijay Singh, M.D., M.P.H., M.S.

Assistant Professor
Medical SchoolInternal MedicineHospital Medicine


Dr. Singh’s research has focused on healthcare identification and response to intimate partner violence (IPV) and dating violence, including associated mental health, alcohol, and substance use problems, across various settings including primary care and emergency services. He has conducted medical education research on healthcare provider training for IPV. He conducts surveys and interviews of male family medicine patients to assess IPV victimization and aggression and associated mental health, alcohol, and substance use problems, including motivation to change these health conditions. His research includes a project to develop and evaluate healthcare provider IPV training in low- and middle-income countries.

  • M.D., Northwestern University
  • M.P.H., Johns Hopkins University
  • M.S., Health and Health Care Research, University of Michigan
  • B.A., Northwestern University

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What are you thinking about?

Along with colleagues at the University of Michigan Injury Center, I am thinking about how the healthcare system can identify and reduce intimate partner violence (IPV) and dating violence. This includes both victims and aggressors, in addition to associated substance use and mental health problems. I am particularly interested in engaging men in reducing IPV, and I use both quantitative and qualitative approaches to understanding men’s perspectives on this health issue. Through this work I am considering how to best utilize the expertise of colleagues in medicine, psychology, social work, nursing, public health, and community-based organizations.

Why is this interesting to you?

In the U.S., more than 1 out of 3 women and 1 out of 4 men will be victims of IPV in their lifetime. Healthcare-based screening for IPV could identify abusive behaviors before patients are injured or need to use the criminal justice and legal systems. The Joint Commission and United States Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) Guidelines recommend that clinicians screen women for IPV victimization. However, healthcare providers have little guidance on IPV screening of men, or for how to identify and intervene in aggression. I am interested in developing and testing motivational interventions to potentially prevent further violence. I am also interested in building practice-based evidence to inform screening of both women and men for IPV victimization and aggression.

What are the practical implications for healthcare?

Since August 2012, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has required that IPV screening and counseling be covered by insurance at no additional cost to women. Since the beginning of 2013, the ACA has mandated that Medicare, Medicaid, and new group and individual insurance plans cover USPSTF-recommended preventive services, which includes IPV screening and counseling for women 14 to 46 years of age.  This expanded coverage may increase health service use by women, and thereby present the opportunity for physicians to prevent violence and injuries. 

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