Carrie Gates | September 18, 2019
Women are most likely to experience violence from their intimate partners when they are young — and when they are pregnant. Exposure to violence during that critical time is associated with a variety of negative outcomes for both mother and infant and there is a lack of effective, evidence-based interventions to support them.
Laura Miller-Graff, assistant professor of psychology and peace studies, is working to change that.
Miller-Graff, along with co-principal investigator Kathryn Howell of the University of Memphis, has been awarded $2.5 million from the National Institutes of Health to launch and evaluate an intervention program for pregnant women.
The project team also includes Notre Dame faculty members E. Mark Cummings, the William J. Shaw Center for Children and Families Professor of Psychology; Julie Braungart-Rieker, the Mary Hesburgh Flaherty and James F. Flaherty Collegiate Chair and Professor of Psychology; and Lijuan “Peggy” Wang, an associate professor of psychology.
“We are, of course, thrilled to receive this funding,” Miller-Graff said. “We’ve spent years doing the basic research and collecting pilot data that inform the current research program, so it’s wonderful to see it all come together. We’re also glad to be able to continue providing this resource for women in our community.”
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