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Laura Schwab Reese

Associate Professor, Department of Public Health

Courtesy Appointments

UCONN, Department of Public Health Sciences; University of Colorado School of Medicine, Department of Pediatrics; Purdue University, Department of Health and Kinesiology

Areas of Expertise

  • Child Maltreatment; Intimate Partner Violence; Mental Health; Qualitative Analysis; Community-Based Participatory Research

HHS Signature Research Area(s)

  • Developmental Health and Wellness

Department of Public Health Research Area(s)

  • Prevention Science
  • Community-Engaged Research
  • Intervention and Implementation Science


Laura Schwab Reese, MA, PhD, leverages her training as a mental health counselor, public health interventionist, and program evaluator to reduce the burden of violence in the United States. To accomplish this goal, she partners with communities to build and evaluate public health programs that reduce violence and the associated mental health consequences. Her work has been funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Administration on Children, Youth, and Families, the Indiana Family & Social Services Administration, and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, among many others. Dr. Schwab Reese is the 2022 President-Elect for the Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) and previously served as the chair of the Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association. She also serves on the editorial boards of the American Journal of Public Health, Child Abuse & Neglect, and the Journal of Child and Family Studies.


  • PhD, 2015, University of Iowa
  • MA, 2010, University of Iowa
  • BS, 2008, University of Iowa

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Current Courses

  • PUBH525 - Statistical Methods for Public Health Evaluation

Selected Honors/Awards

  • 50th Anniversary Kempe Lecturer; International Society for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect - 2022
  • Poster of Distinction; American Academy of Health Behavior - 2022
  • Early Career Award; Injury Control and Emergency Health Services Section of the American Public Health Association - 2021
  • Article of the Year; Journal of Public Child Welfare - 2020