Laura Miller-Graff

Laura Miller-Graff

William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Associate Professor of Psychology

Ph.D., University of Michigan 

  • Clinical

(574) 631-3245

Corbett Family Hall

Notre Dame, IN 46556

BRAVE (Building Resilience After Violence Exposure) Research Lab

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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.

Recent Publications

Miller-Graff, L.E. & Howell, K.H. (2016). Interventions for preventing violence and remediating its negative effects: Contemporary priorities and future directions. Psychology of Violence, 6(3), 361-367. doi: 10.1037/vio0000058

Miller-Graff, L.E. Frameworks for child PTSD treatment in conflict settings. (2016). Peace and Conflict: Journal of Peace Psychology, 22(3), 262-271. doi: 10.1037.pac0000190

Miller-Graff, L.E. & Howell, K.H. (2015). Posttraumatic stress symptom trajectories among children exposed to violence. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28, 1-8. doi: 10.1037.pac0000190

Miller, L.E. (2015). Perceived threat in childhood: A review of existing literature and implications for children living in violent households. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse, 16(2), 153-168. doi: 10.1177/1524838013517563

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.