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



Dr. Miller-Graff'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-Graff'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-Graff 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 women and children’s cognition and adjustment, (2) factors contributing to resiliency in children and young adults exposed to multiple types of violence, and (3) intervention work with violence-exposed persons in the US and Middle East.

Publications (selected):

Miller, L.E. (in press). Perceived threat in childhood: A review of existing literature and implications for children living in violent households. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse.

Miller, L.E., Howell, K.H. & Graham-Bermann, S.A (2014). The effect of an evidence-based intervention on women’s exposure to intimate partner violence (IPV). American Journal of Orthopsychiatry, 84(4). doi:10.1037/h0099840.

Miller, L.E., Howell, K.H, & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2014). Developmental changes in threat and self-
blame for preschoolers exposed to IPV. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 29(9), 1535-1553. doi: 10.1177/0886260513511533

Miller, L.E., Cater, A., Howell, K.H. & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2014). Perpetration patterns and environmental contexts of IPV in Sweden: Relationships with adult mental health. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(1), 147-158. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2013.10.023

Miller, L. E., VanZomeren-Dohm, A., Howell, K. H., & Graham-Bermann, S. A. (2014). Larger Family Networks are Associated with Better Adjustment for Children Exposed to Intimate Partner Violence (IPV).  Journal of Family Issues, 35(4), 462-480. doi: 10.1177/0192513X13478597

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

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

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

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