Dr. Laurie Graham is an Assistant Professor at the University of Maryland School of Social Work. Dr. Graham received her MSW and PhD from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Social work where she was a Caroline H. and Thomas S. Royster Fellow.


Dr. Graham’s research interests include sexual and intimate partner violence and homicide prevention. She employs an intersectional lens to address violence prevention and has a particular interest in the development, implementation, and evaluation of programs and policies that seek to prevent multiple forms of violence perpetration. Dr. Graham is currently working on several projects related to these topics that include analyzing data from the National Violent Death Reporting System (NVDRS), systematically reviewing international literature on child homicide in the context of intimate partner violence and adolescent dating violence prevention, and building community partnerships to support on-the-ground violence prevention efforts. Her research is informed by her practice experience supporting survivors of sexual and intimate partner violence as well as implementing community-based violence prevention programs.


Dr. Graham teaches MSW courses related to social work practice with communities, organizations, and survivors of violence.

Expertise & Interests

  • Sexual violence prevention
  • Intimate partner violence and homicide prevention
  • Human trafficking prevention
  • Intersectional research and practice
  • Intervention research

MSW, PhD, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Recent Publications

Graham, L. M., Embry, V., Young, B. R., Macy, R. J., Moracco, K. E., McNaughton Reyes, H. L., & Martin, S. L. (2019). Evaluations of prevention programs for sexual, dating, and intimate partner violence for boys and men: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/152483801985115


Graham, L. M., Macy, R. J., Eckhardt, A., Rizo, C. F., & Jordan, B. (2019). Measures for evaluating sex trafficking aftercare and support services: A systematic review and resource compilation. Aggression and Violent Behavior. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1016/j.avb.2019.04.001


Treves-Kagan, S., El Ayadi, A. M., Morris, J. L., Graham, L. M., Grignon, J. S., Ntswane, L., Gilvydis, J. M., Barnhart, S., & Lippman, S. A. (2019). Sexual and physical violence in childhood is associated with adult intimate partner violence and non-partner sexual violence in a representative sample of rural South African men and women. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. Advance online publication. https://journals.sagepub.com/doi/10.1177/0886260519827661


Graham, L. M., Sahay, K. M., Rizo, C. F., Messing, J. T., & Macy, R. J. (2019). The validity and reliability of available intimate partner homicide and re-assault risk assessment tools: A systematic review. Trauma, Violence, & Abuse. Advance online publication. https://doi.org/10.1177/1524838018821952