Laura A. Voith, PhD

Assistant Professor
Jack, Joseph and Morton Mandel School of Applied Social Sciences

Dr. Voith, an Assistant Professor, has worked over the last decade to address violence against girls and women through counseling, agency- and community-based coordination efforts, and research.  

Her research focuses on the prevention and intervention of violence against girls and women by working with boys and men to uncover the etiology of violence using trauma-focused and health disparities lenses.  Her research shows that exposure to adversity and violence in family- and community-settings in childhood and adolescence are significant factors that, if gone unaddressed, can lead men to perpetrate violence in adulthood.  Dr. Voith’s research aims to inform the development and evaluation of violence prevention programs with at-risk youth, and improve batterer intervention programming with men.

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Twitter: @lavoith

Teaching Information

Teaching Interests

Doctoral Student Mentoring

Dr. Voith is committed to the development of the Mandel School’s doctoral and masters-level students. Her mentoring philosophy is grounded in the basic tenet that through scaffolded, collaborative, and experiential learning opportunities, students will develop the requisite skills to launch their careers as independent scholars. Working with Dr. Voith, students will have the opportunities to learn the processes of grant writing and manuscript development, co-author manuscripts, and present at national conferences. She also welcomes the opportunity for doctoral students to complete a teaching mentorship in one of her current courses.

Courses Taught

SASS 441. Human Development II: Adults
SASS 478. Macro and Policy Practice Skills
SASS 638. Integrative Research Seminar

Research Information

Research Interests

  • Intimate partner violence
  • Boys and men’s mental health and wellbeing
  • Adverse childhood experiences
  • Violence prevention and intervention 

Research Projects

Stemming from her macro and direct practice work with domestic violence and sexual assault survivors, Dr. Voith’s program of research is designed to address the prevention and intervention of intimate partner violence with youth and adults at risk for violent perpetration. Applying trauma-focused and health disparities lenses with a developmental framework, Dr. Voith examines how individual and ecological risk and protective factors influence violence-related risky and resilient outcomes, with special attention given to the development of boys and men.

She also examines how the interaction between environments, such as neighborhoods, and individuals can exacerbate or buffer violence between intimate partners. This research will develop and improve upon violence prevention and intervention programs, particularly programs with at-risk youth and batterer intervention programs with men.

Publications

Recent Publications

Carlson, J., Voith, L.A., Holmes, M.R., & *Brown, J. (Accepted). Applying a Developmental, Social Ecological, and Survivor Lens to Children’s Exposure to Intimate Partner Violence: The Current State, Challenges, and Future Directions. Violence Against Women.

Yoon, S., Voith, L. A., & Kobulsky, J. (2018). Gender Differences in Pathways from Child Physical Abuse to Adolescent Risky Sexual Behavior in a High-Risk Sample. Journal of Adolescence, 64, 89-97.

Voith, L.A., Holmes, M.R., & Duda-Banwar, J. (2018) Clicking toward Better Grades: The use of Student Response Systems in Social Work Education. Journal of Social Work Education, 1-11. doi: 10.1080/10437797.2017.1283268

Voith, L.A. & Brondino, M.J. (2017 Epub ahead of print) Neighborhood Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Theory-Informed Analysis using Hierarchical Linear Modeling. American Journal of Community Psychology. http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1002/ajcp.12163/full doi:10.1002/ajcp.12163

Voith, L.A. (2017 Epub ahead of print). Understanding the Relation between Neighborhood and Intimate Partner Violence: An Integrative Review. Trauma, Violence, and Abuse.  http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/D7btJzDWeHuEIbaRNzqB/full doi: 10.1177/1524838017717744

Voith, L.A., Anderson, R.E., & Cahill, S.P. (2017 Epub ahead of print) Extending the ACEs Framework: Examining the Relations Between Childhood Abuse and Later Victimization and Perpetration With College Men. Journal of Interpersonal Violence. http://journals.sagepub.com/eprint/hp56Zxnq53ZrwnTJ3Dda/full

Voith, L.A. & Blakey, J.M. (2016 Epub ahead of print) Restoring and Empowering Traumatized Girls in a Philippines-Based Independent Living Program: An Exploratory Study. Journal of Child & Adolescent Trauma, 1-12. Available online at: https://link.springer.com/article/10.1007/s40653-016-0116-x

Voith, L.A., Topitzes, J., & Reynolds, A.J. (2016). Violent Victimization among Disadvantaged Young Adults Exposed to Early Family Conflict and Abuse: A 24-year Prospective Study of the Victimization Cycle across Gender. Violence and Victims, 31(4), 767-784. doi: 10.1891/0886-6708.VV-D-14-00090

Yoon, S., Kobulsky, J., Voith, L.A., Steigerwald, S., & Holmes, M. R. (2015). Gender differences in caregiver-child relationship mediation of the association between violence exposure severity and adolescent behavior problems. Child Abuse & Neglect, 50, 104–15. doi: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2015.10.012

Holmes, M.R., Yoon, S., Voith, L.A., Kobulsky, J. & Steigerwald, S. (2015). Resilience in Physically Abused Children: Protective Factors for Aggression. Behavioral Sciences, 5(2), 176-189. doi: 10.3390/bs5020176

Presentations

Recent Presentations

Francis, M.*, Prince, D. & Voith, L. (2018, November). Post-It Up: Invoking Social Justice within a Social Work School. Oral paper presented at the Council on Social Work Education 64th Annual Program Meeting, Orlando, FL.

Yoon, S., Voith, L., & Kobulsky, J. (2018, January). Gender Differences in Pathways from Child Physical and Sexual Abuse to Adolescent Risky Sexual Behavior. Oral paper presented at the 22nd Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, Washington, DC.

Voith, L.A. & Brondino, M.J. (2017, January). Neighborhood Predictors of Intimate Partner Violence: A Theory-Informed Analysis using Hierarchical Linear Modeling. An ePoster presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, New Orleans, LA.

Voith, L.A. (2017, January). How Neighborhoods Influence Intimate Partner Violence: A Qualitative Inquiry with Men in Batterer Intervention Programs. An oral paper presented at the 21st Annual Conference of the Society for Social Work Research, New Orleans, LA.

Voith, L.A., Topitzes, J., Yoon, S., & Brondino, M.J. (2016, October). Peace Program: Findings from an Evaluation of a School-Based Violence Prevention Program. Oral paper presented at American Public Health Association Annual Meeting and Exposition, Denver, CO.

Voith, L.A. (2015, October). Exploring the Relationship between Neighborhoods and Intimate Partner Violence: An Integrative Review. Interactive Poster presented at Council for Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO.

Yoon, S., Kobulsky, J., Voith, L.A., Steigerwald, S., & Holmes, M.R. (2015, October). Violence Exposure and Adolescent Behavior Problems: Parent-child Relationships as a Mediator. Interactive Poster presented at Council for Social Work Education Annual Program Meeting, Denver, CO

Education

Doctor of Philosophy
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Master of Social Work
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee
Bachelor of Arts
University of Wisconsin, Milwaukee