Assistant Professor
Psychology and Peace Studies
Ph.D. University of Michigan



Dr. Miller’s research examines the developmental effects of exposure to violence in childhood.  With a focus on children who have multiple traumatic exposures, she investigates resulting patterns of resilience and psychopathology, including the development of posttraumatic stress symptoms.  Working within an ecological framework, Dr. Miller’s research seeks to understand how various systems (i.e., individual, family, and community) interact to promote or inhibit healthful development following violence exposure.  Dr. Miller has a particular interest in the adaptation and evaluation of trauma assessment and treatment as they relate to international conflict settings.

Current investigations include (1) the unique and overlapping effects of intimate partner violence (IPV), maltreatment, and community violence on children’s cognition and adjustment, (2) clinical assessment and treatment of posttraumatic stress disorder in preschoolers exposed to IPV, and (3) cross-cultural variations in child violence exposure, pathology, and resilience. 


Miller, L.E., Howell, K.H, & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (in press).  Developmental changes in threat and self-blame for preschoolers exposed to IPV.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Graham-Bermann, S. A. & Miller, L.E. (2013).  Intervention to reduce traumatic stress following exposure to intimate partner violence: An efficacy trial. Psychodynamic Psychiatry, 41, 329-349.  doi: 10.1521/pdps.2013.41.2.329

Galano, M. M., Hunter, E. C., Howell, K. H., Miller, L. E., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2013). Minority status and housing instability as predictors of shelter residence for women exposed to intimate partner violence.  Violence against Women. doi:10.1177/1077801213487056

Miller, L. E., VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Howell, K. H., & Graham-Bermann, S. A. (2013). Larger Family Networks are Associated with Better Adjustment for Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).  Journal of Family Issues. doi: 10.1177/0192513X13478597

Howell, K.H., Miller, L.E., Lilly, M.M., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2013). Fostering resilience in preschool children exposed to intimate partner violence: Evaluating the Preschool Kids' Club.  Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22(4), 425-445.  doi: 10.1080/10926771.2013.775986

Modrowski, C.A., Miller, L.E., Howell, K.H. & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012). Comparing traumatic symptoms at home and in therapy for preschool children exposed to intimate partner violence.  Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice and Policy. doi:10.1037/a0027167

Howell, K.H., Miller, L.E., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012). Evaluating Preschoolers’ Attitudes and Beliefs about Violence. Violence and Victims, 27(6), 941-956. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.27.6.941

Miller, L.E., Howell, K.H., & Graham-Bermann (2012).  Potential mediators of adjustment in children exposed to intimate partner violence.  Child Abuse & Neglect, 36, 671-675. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2012.07.005

Howell, K.H., Miller, L.E., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012) Inconsistencies in mothers’ and group therapists’ evaluations of resilience in preschool children exposed to intimate partner violence.  Journal of Family Violence, 27(6), 489-497. doi: 10.1007/s10896-012-9446-0

Miller, L.E., Grabell, A., Thomas, A., Bermann, E. & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012). The relative contributions of community, media, and domestic violence to aggression in young children’s sibling relationships.  Psychology of Violence, 2(2), 165-178.  doi:10.1037/a0027254

Graham-Bermann, S.A., Castor, L., Miller, L. E., & Howell, K.H. (2012).  The contribution of additional traumatic events to trauma symptoms and PTSD in children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV).  Journal of Traumatic Stress, 25(4), 393-400. doi: 10.1002/jts.21724

Miller, L.E., Howell, K.H., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012). Preschoolers’ appraisals of interparental conflict in families experiencing intimate partner violence.  Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 27(3), 545-563. doi: 10.1177/0886260511421675

Miller, L.E., Howell, K.H., Hunter, E.C. & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2012) Enhancing safety planning in evidence-based interventions with children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV).  Journal of Child Care in Practice, 18(1), 67-82. doi: 10.1080/13575279.2011.621885

Graham Bermann, S.A., Howell, K. H., Miller, L. E., Kwek, J., & Lilly, M.M. (2010) Traumatic events and maternal education as predictors of verbal ability for preschool children exposed to intimate partner violence (IPV).  Journal of Family Violence, 25(4), 383-392. doi: 10.1007/s10896-009-9299-3

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