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., Miller-Graff, L.E., Schaefer, L.M., & Scrafford, K.E. (in press). Relational resilience as a potential mediator between adverse childhood experiences and prenatal depression. Journal of Health Psychology.
  • Howell, K.H., Thurston, I.B., Schwartz, L.E., Jamison, L.E., & Hasselle, A.J. (in press). Protective factors associated with resilience in women exposed to intimate partner violence. Psychology of Violence.
  • Miller-Graff, L.E., Howell, K.H., Martinez-Torteya, C. & Grein, K. (in press). Direct and indirect effects of maltreatment and social support on children's social competence across reporters. Child Psychiatry and Human Development.
  • Martinez-Torteya, C., Miller-Graff, L.E., Howell, K.H., & Figge, C. (in press). Profiles of adaptation among child victims of suspected maltreatment. Journal of Clinical Child and Adolescent Psychology.
  • 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.
  • Miller-Graff, L.E. & Howell, K.H. (2015). Posttraumatic stress symptom trajectories among children exposed to violence. Journal of Traumatic Stress, 28(1), 17-24.
  • 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., Kaplow, J.B., Layne, C.M., Benson, M.A., Compas, B.E., Katalinski, R., Pasalic, H., Bosankic, N., & Pynoos, R. (2015). Predicting adolescent posttraumatic stress in the aftermath of war: Differential effects of coping strategies across trauma reminder, loss reminder, and family conflict domains. Anxiety, Stress, & Coping, 28(1), 88-104.
  • 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.