Laura Schwab Reese

Laura Schwab Reese

Assistant Professor
Matthews Hall, Room 214F
Phone: (765) 496-6723

Research Interests:

The primary goal of Dr. Schwab Reese’s work is to inform, develop, and evaluate interventions to reduce intentional and unintentional injuries. She has worked in a wide range of injury topics, including intimate partner violence, suicide, opioid overdose, traffic safety culture, bullying, teen driving, sports injury, and child abuse, but she is particularly interested in primary prevention of violence perpetration. Her approach to violence prevention is guided by a theoretical framework that suggests internal factors, such as mental health, substance use, and adverse childhood experiences, contribute to a behavioral predisposition to perpetration. However, the physical and psychosocial context may escalate or deescalate this predisposition to violence. As a trained counselor, health educator and public health researcher, her focus is understanding and intervening at the intersection of the internal and external environment.

Beyond her primary research interests, she is also passionate about using her expertise to support state and local communities. She frequently collaborates with community organizations, public health departments, and others to address community concerns about injuries and violence.


Berger Postdoctoral Fellow (2015-2017) The Kempe Center for the Prevention and Treatment of Child Abuse, University of Colorado, Anschutz Medical Campus, Aurora CO

PhD (2015) Community & Behavioral Health, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Graduate Certificate (2013) Biostatistics, College of Public Health, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

MA (2010) Community & Rehabilitation Counseling, College of Education, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

BS (2008) Psychology, College of Liberal Arts & Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA

Selected Publications:

Schwab Reese LM, Parker E, Peek-Asa C. (In Press) Interactions of financial stressors and dopamine genes to predict intimate partner violence perpetration. Journal of Interpersonal Violence.

Schwab Reese LM, Renner LM (2017) Attitudinal acceptance of partner aggression and associations with perpetration and victimization of partner aggression. Journal of Family Violence. 32(1):115-123.

Schwab Reese LM, Schafer E, Ashida S (2016) Associations of social support and stress with postpartum maternal mental health status: direct effects, moderation, and mediation. Women & Health. DOI: 10.1080/03630242.2016.1181140

Schwab Reese LM, Parker E, Peek-Asa C. (2016) Associations of financial stressors and physical intimate partner violence perpetration. Injury Epidemiology. 3(6).

Renner L, Schwab Reese LM, Peek-Asa C, Ramirez M. (2015) Reporting patterns of unidirectional and bidirectional verbal aggression and physical violence among rural couples. Journal of Family Violence. 30(8):1069-78.

Hatzenbuehler ML, Schwab Reese LM, Hertz M, Ranapurwala SI, Ramirez M. (2015) Anti-Bullying policies reduce the risk of bullying victimization: An analysis of 25 states. JAMA Pediatrics. 169(10).

Schwab Reese L, Heiden EO, Kim K, Yang JZ. (2014). Evaluation of Period of PURPLE Crying, an abusive head trauma prevention program. Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing, 43(6), 752-61.

Schwab Reese LM, Pittsinger R, Yang JZ. (2012). Effectiveness of psychological intervention following sport injury (review). Journal of Sport and Health Science, 1(2), 71-9.