Laura Miller-Graff – Keough School

Skill

Childhood exposure to violence; domestic violence; psychosocial care; treatment assessment; post-traumatic stress; resilience

At Keough School

Laura Miller-Graff is an Associate Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies and a faculty member at the University Kroc Institute for International Peace Studies at the University of Notre Dame.

Course

Working within an ecological framework, Miller-Graff’s research seeks to understand how various systems (individual, family, and community) interact to promote or inhibit healthy development following exposure to violence. With a focus on children who have multiple traumatic exposures, she studies resulting patterns of resilience and psychopathology, including the development of post-traumatic stress symptoms.

In addition to conducting basic research on the developmental effects of violence, Miller-Graff also seeks to identify effective intervention practices for children and families affected by violence. This line of work examines the state of psychosocial interventions currently available in international conflict settings and seeks to identify evidence-based intervention practices that facilitate family and community resilience. Specific objectives of this work include the identification of culturally appropriate assessment and treatment practices and the development of effective and cost-effective psychosocial interventions that can be easily disseminated in conflict settings.

Detailed information on ongoing studies can be found on its research laboratory site, but current Miller-Graff projects focus on the intergenerational effects of violence against women, psychological care for pregnant women exposed to violence and their young families, and individual and family psychosocial support programs for adolescents and young adults exposed to chronic socio-political conflicts.

Recent work by Miller-Graff can be found in Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychologythe Traumatic Stress Diary, Development review, psychology of violencethe Jclinical psychology journal, and the International Journal of Behavioral Development. She also recently co-edited a special issue of the journal American Psychological Association psychology of violence, entitled “Interventions for Violence” (2016), which brought together a body of work focusing on psychological treatments for populations involved in violence. Miller earned a doctorate in clinical sciences from the University of Michigan in 2013.

Recent work

New: A cure for broken hearts (Notre Dame Review)

To research: Prenatal exposure to violence leads to increased toddler aggression toward mothers, study finds

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