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Sara F. Stein

Sara F. Stein

PhD Student. Social Work/Psychology - Clinical Graduate - 2021

Interpersonal trauma exposure such as intimate partner violence (IPV) is a pervasive problem associated with severe, long-term physical and mental health problems. Yet, current treatments for those who have experienced IPV show limited effectiveness in reducing future IPV victimization, suggesting the mechanisms of risk for experiencing IPV remain largely unknown. The central aim of my program of research is to identify mechanisms of trauma-related risk transmission across generations to increase effectiveness of evidence-based treatments and mitigate detrimental long-term physical and mental health outcomes in families and children. This goal has motivated 4 complementary lines of inquiry involving sophisticated analytic techniques including longitudinal multi-level modeling: 1) delineating mechanisms of risk for interpersonal trauma exposure victimization; 2) identifying sequalae of interpersonal trauma on women and children; 3) investigating predictors of suboptimal parenting practices in trauma-exposed families; and 4) conducting clinical intervention evaluation research, clinical work, and translational activities. Sara is also currently a fully licensed, practicing clinical social worker in the State of Michigan, with expertise in the treatment of complex trauma.

Dissertation Title

Towards Intentional Relational Well-Being: Syndemic Contributions of Mental Health, Trauma Exposure, and Sociodemographic Factors to Risk for Intimate Partner Violence Victimization


Year Degree   School
2021 PhD University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2016 MS University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2015 MSW University of Michigan, Ann Arbor
2007 BA Wellesley College
Year Description
2021 - Sp/Su American Heart Association Postdoctoral Fellowship
2021 - Winter Robert Kahn Fellowship
2020 - Fall Robert Kahn Fellowship
2020 - Winter John F. Longres Award in Psychology or Sociology
2019 - Fall Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
2019 - Fall Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
2018 - Sp/Su Rackham Travel Grant
2018 - Fall Edward S. Bordin Graduate Research Award
2018 - Fall W.K. Kellogg Foundation Family Endowed Fellowship
2018 - Winter IRWG/Rackham Community of Scholars Fellowship
2018 - Winter Irene and William Gambrill Fellowship
2018 - Winter Bobbe and Jon Bridge Award
2018 - Winter Rackham Graduate Student Research Grant
2017 - Sp/Su Bobbe and Jon Bridge Award
2017 Albert C. Cain Research Award in Child Psychopathology, Department of Psychology, University of Michigan.
2017 University of Michigan Injury Center Society for the Advancement of Violence and Injury Research (SAVIR) Conference scholarship.
2017 - Winter Institute for Research on Women and Gender (IRWG) Research Grant for Scholarship and Creative Activities Focusing on Women and Gender
2017 - Winter Joint Doctoral Program Award

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