Laura Miller-Graff

Laura Miller-Graff

Associate Professor of Psychology and Peace Studies

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 in LMIC and conflict-affected settings. Current research projects include the effects of intimate partner violence (IPV) on women and children’s health and adjustment in the perinatal period factors contributing and the adaptation, development and evaluation of psychological interventions for violence-exposed pregnant women and for families living in settings of chronic violence.

Recent Publications

Miller-Graff, L.E., *Scheid, C.R., Guzmán, D.B., & *Grein, K. (in press). Caregiver and family factors promoting child resilience in at-risk families living in Lima, Peru. Child Abuse & Neglect.

Ellis, K. & Miller-Graff, L.E. (in press). Cross-cultural adaptation of an online intervention for posttraumatic stress. Transcultural Psychiatry.

Miller-Graff, L. E. & *Scheid, C.R. (in press). Breastfeeding continuation at 6 weeks postpartum remediates the negative effects of prenatal intimate partner violence on infant temperament. Development & Psychopathology. doi: 10.1017/S0954579419000245

Miller-Graff, L.E., Nuttall, A.K. & Lefever, J.B. (2019). Interpersonal violence during pregnancy: Enduring effects in the post-partum period and implications for the intergenerational transmission of risk. International Journal of Behavioral Development, 43(3), 195-203. doi: 10.1177/0165025418780358.

Miller-Graff, L.E., Howell, K.H. & *Scheid, C.R. (2018). Promotive factors of mothers’ social ecologies indirectly predict children’s adjustment. Psychology of Violence, 8(4), 427-437. doi: 10.1037/vio0000145

Miller-Graff, L.E. & Cummings, E.M. (2017). The Israeli-Palestinian conflict: Effects on youth, available interventions, and future research directions. Developmental Review, 43, 1-47. doi: 10.1016.j.dr.2016.10.001.

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. & *Campion, K. (2016).  Interventions for posttraumatic stress with children exposed to violence: Factors associated with treatment success. Journal of Clinical Psychology, 72(3), 226-248. doi: 10.1002/jclp.22238

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: 10.1002/jts.21989


Dr. Miller-Graff is jointly appointed in Psychology and Peace Studies. She also maintains affiliations with the Eck Institute for Global Health, Institute for Educational Initiatives, Ford Program in Human Development Studies and Solidarity, Kellogg Institute for International Studies, and Pulte Institute for Global Development