Kathryn H. Howell, Ph.D.

Associate Professor, Clinical (Child and Family), Director of Child and Family Studies Research

Psychology Building, Room 356
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Kathryn H. Howell, Ph.D.


  • Ph.D., University of Michigan
  • M.S., University of Michigan
  • B.S., Cornell University

Research Interests

  • Environmental, psychological, and physiological mechanisms that promote resilience or reduce risk for psychiatric problems in the context of early traumatic stress
  • Evidence-based interventions for children and families exposed to traumatic events, such as family violence and interpersonal loss
  • Community-oriented studies to explore the various pathways to positive and negative functioning following exposure to traumatic events in childhood

Recent Publications

  • Howell, K.H., Schaefer, L.M., Hasselle, A.J., & Thurston, I.B. (in press). Social support as a moderator between syndemics and posttraumatic stress among women experiencing adversity. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma.
  • Howell, K.H., Thurston, I.B., Hasselle, A.J., Decker, K., & Jamison, L.E. (in press). Systemic factors associated with prosocial skills and maladaptive functioning in youth exposed to intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.
  • Howell, K.H., Miller-Graff, L.E., Gilliam, H.C., & Carney, J.R. (in press). Factors related to parenting confidence among pregnant women experiencing intimate partner violence. Psychological Trauma: Theory, Research, Practice, and Policy.
  • Howell, K.H., Miller-Graff, L.E., Schaefer, L.M., & Scrafford, K.E. (2020). Relational resilience as a potential mediator between adverse childhood experiences and prenatal depression. Journal of Health Psychology, 25(4), 545-557.
  • Howell, K.H., Thurston, I.B., Schwartz, L.E., Jamison, L.E., & Hasselle, A.J. (2018). Protective factors associated with resilience in women exposed to intimate partner violence. Psychology of Violence, 8(4), 438-447.
  • Howell, K.H., Miller-Graff, L.E., Hasselle, A.J., & Scrafford, K.E. (2017). The unique needs of pregnant, violence-exposed women: A systematic review of current interventions and directions for translational research. Aggression and Violent Behavior, 34, 128-138.
  • Howell, K.H., & Miller-Graff, L.E. (2016). Clinical considerations when intervening with individuals exposed to violence. Psychology of Violence, 6(3), 478-483.
  • Howell, K.H., Barrett-Becker, E.P., Burnside, A.N., Wamser-Nanney, R., Layne, C.M., & Kaplow, J.B. (2016). Children facing parental cancer versus parental death: The buffering effects of positive parenting and emotional expression. Journal of Child and Family Studies, 25(1), 152-164.
  • Howell, K.H., Shapiro, D.N., Layne, C.M., & Kaplow, J.B. (2015). Individual and psychosocial mechanisms of adaptive functioning in parentally bereaved children. Death Studies, 39(5), 296-306.
  • Howell, K.H., Miller, L.E., Lilly, M.M., Burlaka, V., Grogan-Kaylor, A., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2015). Strengthening positive parenting through intervention: Evaluating the Moms’ Empowerment Program for women experiencing intimate partner violence. Journal of Interpersonal Violence, 30(2), 232-252.
  • Howell, K.H. & Miller-Graff, L.E. (2014). Protective factors associated with resilient functioning in young adulthood after childhood exposure to violence. Child Abuse & Neglect, 38(12), 1985-1994.
  • Howell, K.H., Miller, L.E., Lilly, M.M., & Graham-Bermann, S.A. (2013). Fostering social competence in preschool children exposed to intimate partner violence: Evaluating the Preschool Kids' Club intervention. Journal of Aggression, Maltreatment & Trauma, 22(4), 425-445.