Laura Miller-Graff

Associate Department Chair
William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Associate Professor

Faculty Fellow at the Kellogg Institute for International Studies, Eck Institute for Global Health, Institute for Educational Initiatives

William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Associate Professor
119 Center For Children & Families
South Bend, IN 46635

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BRAVE (Building Resilience After Violence Exposure) Research Lab

Professor Miller-Graff is open to admitting graduate students for fall 2024 matriculation.

Primary Area: Clinical

Research and teaching interests

Developmental and intergenerational effects of violence, resilience, brief psychological interventions, cross-cultural treatment adaptation


Dr. Miller-Graff's research examines the developmental and intergenerational effects of exposure to violence in childhood. Working within an ecological framework, her 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, and the adaptation, development, and evaluation of psychological interventions for violence-exposed pregnant women and for families living in settings of chronic violence.


Ph.D., University of Michigan

Approach to Mentoring

Dr. Miller-Graff has a developmental perspective on student mentorship, with more intensive mentorship and guidance as students first enter the lab and an increasing expectation for intellectual independence as students advance. The Building Resilience after Violence Exposure (BRAVE) lab also maintains a commitment to community-engaged research and Dr. Miller-Graff encourages students to actively cultivate a spirit of collaboration, partnership, and reflexive learning both within the lab and with our community partners.

Representative Publications

Miller-Graff. L.E. (in press). "The multidimensional taxonomy of individual resilience." Trauma, Violence & Abuse. DOI: 10.1177/1524838020967329

Miller-Graff, L.E., Yoon, S. *Paulson, J., & MacGuire-Jack, K. (2021). "Pathways of depression and posttraumatic stress symptoms across childhood and adolescence." Research on Child and Adolescent Psychopathology, 49(1), 103-116. DOI: 10.1007/s10802-020-00701-z

Miller-Graff, L.E., Ellis, K. & Hosny, N.M. (2021). "PTSD Coach Online – Arabic: A pilot trial to examine feasibility, acceptability, and preliminary effectiveness." Journal of Traumatic Stress, 34, 23-34. DOI: 10.1002/jts.22621

Miller-Graff, L.E., *Scheid, C.R., Guzmán, D.B., & *Grein, K. (2020). "Caregiver and family factors promoting child resilience in at-risk families living in Lima, Peru." Child Abuse & Neglect, 108, 1-10. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104639

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