Mary (Maggy) McGiffert, M.A.

Mary (Maggy) McGiffert, M.A.

Research Associate

Maggy McGiffert, M.A. is a Research Associate at IDVSA who has worked to end violence against women, youth and children in Texas and Colorado for over 25 years. Recently, she has been a consultant focusing on survivor-centered policy and systems change; program development, awareness materials and evaluation with the Texas Council on Family Violence, CASA of Travis County and Denton County Friends of the Family. She was a Policy Manager at TCFV; Parenting Coordinator at Family Connections; Director of SafePlace’s transitional housing and Director of Youth Options AmeriCorps program. She began her activism at the Boulder County Rape Crisis Center.

Maggy enjoys living in Austin with her family and friends. She is active in community work focusing on equity in education and equity in maternal health.

Professional Interests

Survivor-centered program policies and research; criminal justice reform; legal remedies / economic justice for survivors of violence; survivor parents’ rights in the CPS system; homelessness / housing issues;  community building for parents; racial and gender disparities; violence prevention / youth empowerment.


  • M.A., University of Colorado
  • B.A., Southern Methodist University


John W. Hargis Hall (JHH)


Mailing Address

The University of Texas at Austin
Steve Hicks School of Social Work
1823 Red River St. 1.114
STOP D3510
Austin, TX 78712